When we were little, we used to go to a video rental store called Video Heaven.  K always wanted to rent Sleeping Beauty.  Always.  The best part was that it terrified her, so she would only watch it if someone else would watch it with her.  That person was usually me.  Since I was still pretty young at the time, it scared me as well.  Maleficent was super scary.  I mean, she’s green for Heaven’s sake.  While watching this most recent time, K and I decided that part of the reason this movie is so scary is the music. (Go Tchaikovsky!)

That being said, this is one of my favorite animated Disney films, and definitely the best of the older princess movies (Snow White and Cinderella are not even close).  The animation is stunning, almost like a Gothic tapestry.  The voice work is also fantastic.  I think Prince Phillip might have been my first crush, mostly because of his dreamy voice (and don’t judge, there are some very attractive animated men out there).  Eleanor Audley plays Maleficient to terrifying perfection, and Mary Costa has the voice of an angel, especially when compared to Snow White’s grating vibratto.  Ugh!

By far the best part of the movie is the three good fairies: Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.  They are adorably clueless, especially with gems like “There’s got to be a hole in the bottom” “That’s for the feet to go through” while making the dress, or “It will be thicker once it’s baked” in reference to the drippy cake that Fauna has already put candles on.  I also love the “Make it pink” “Make it blue” war that Flora and Merryweather have probably been fighting their entire lives.  Since there are three sisters in our family, we long ago decided that we are the three fairies (I’m Fauna, if anyone was wondering).

I also have to mention the scene where the two kings get drunk celebrating the marriage of their children, and then come to blows because they don’t know if the crazy kids will even like each other, since they haven’t met since Aurora’s birth.  I didn’t really get that they were drunk when I was little, but I still always thought it was funny.

Sleeping Beauty has two names in this movie: Aurora is the name her parents gave her and Briar Rose (which I always thought was kind of a weird name) is the name her fairy guardians gave her.  Therefore, Sephora + Pantone Universe’s Rose Dawn seemed like a fantastic polish for this movie.

So, I love this color.  It is a beautiful metallic pink/gold.  After painting my first nail, I was smitten.  It was smooth and super easy to apply.  Then, I moved on to the next nail and this polish did a complete 180.  It was gloopy and dried way too fast.  I really wanted to completely love this polish, but after the application debacle, I think I can only give it a so-so review.  This picture is two coats and a top coat.  I wouldn’t say the polish was necessarily dull, but the top coat definitely brought out the shine. ~E

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