If previous versions of the story and the upcoming release of the Maleficent movie have taught us anything, it’s that there are quite a few ways that the story of “Sleeping Beauty” can be told. So, we thought we’d give you an abbreviated history of “Sleeping Beauty” up to this point.
As with most fairy tales, there are countless versions of “Sleeping Beauty” that have been created over the years, no two being exactly the same. The story has crossed cultural lines and generation gaps, culminating in the Disney-fied version we’re all familiar with today.
But do you know how and where the story started?
As you’ll be able to see when browsing through our gallery, the story of the “Sleeping Beauty” has taken many forms over the years and has evolved quite a lot since its earliest telling. After all, the first story is relatively scandalous (not to mention violent and gross) compared to all of Disney’s more recent tellings. We fully expect the upcoming Maleficent to put an interesting twist on the story and take the “Sleeping Beauty” story somewhere new!
Before going to see Maleficent this weekend, read up a bit on the story’s history and see what kind of interesting connections you can make with the “Sleeping Beauty” story you already know! We’ve already done all of the research for you, so you won’t even have to expend a lot of effort! (You can thank us later.)
Walt Disney’s Maleficent (starring Angelina Jolie) hits theaters today, May 30.