Sleepy Beauty

The term ‘Sleepy Beauty’ is an occurrent joke of mine calling my friends when they are tired, sleepy and or at the threshold of passing out. Its origin, of course, came from ‘Sleeping Beauty’ the fairy tale.

There are a variety of versions. I don’t quite remember which one that I read as a child, but inevitably it’s the Disney movie that sticks. There are so many elements from that movie that I love: the story, the elegant statuettes of the characters, the beautiful music by Tchaikovsky, funny characters, Maleficient, …

My favorite scene from the movie is the ‘magical house cleaning’ scene

I mean first of all, who wouldn’t like magic that helps you clean? Growing up, I was delegated chores by the parents to help cleaning up around the house and this scene just hit me on the head. I was like “if only I can get a hold of those magic wands!!!”.

The other thing from this scene that grabbed me was the ‘dress making process’. It was so.. seamless, and magical! I think it did somewhat contribute to my “passion for fashion” in the latter years.

Now, did you like the final ‘paint splash dress’? It was kinda quite avant garde at the time, wasn’t it? Funny thing is it would totally normal nowadays, if princess Aurora wore that dress. The paint splashing fashion was a hit back in ’08. Check out these Dolce & Gabbana‘s ad.

photo: Dolce & Gabbana, Spring Summer 2008 Ad

photo: Dolce & Gabbana, Spring Summer 2008 Ad

Speaking of old things being revisited in different perspective, Maleficent is getting her own movie. Scheduled to be released in 2014, the movie will star Angelina Jolie as the main character who self-proclaims as ‘The Mistress of All Evil’. How did she get there, Disney want to give you the answer. Eh, I think they need to be careful with the storyline or it will not be interesting and will just dilute Maleficent’s character.

The first official photo was released and I thought the make up looked quite good.

photo: Maleficent (2014)
courtesy of Disney

Also, if you like to watch Sleeping Beauty again, check this out! It’s the whole movie but inverted, from left to right..

Now, for those with twisted minds, the original version ‘Sole, Luna, e Talia‘, along with other Italian folktales, tells the story of the princess while still sleeping “got raped” by the prince. Then she gave birth to twins, and one of the children woke her up by sucking on her finger. So Very Italian!

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