Once Upon a Dream

With its themes of a beautiful princess, a dashing prince, and love triumphing over powerful magic, Sleeping Beauty remains one of the most beloved of all fairy tales. The story was first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. Perrault’s vision of the ageless, enchanted princess slumbering in her tower has fascinated readers and artists for more 300 years. The most celebrated cinematic version of Sleeping Beauty is Walt Disney’s. Although Briar Rose/Aurora was the most beautiful and beautifully animated of the Disney princesses, the film was dominated by Maleficent. Once Upon a Dream, written by Charles Solomon with an introduction by Don Hahn, includes interviews with Angelina Jolie, Imelda Staunton, Linda Woolverton, Sean Bailey, Joe Roth, Don Hahn, and director Robert Stromberg (Oscar-winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland); behind-the-scenes details and photography; costumes, props, and makeup; and plenty of movie magic!