Disney’s classic tale of beautiful maidens, wicked witches and dashing prince charmings ushered in a new era of animated filmmaking at a time when the entire industry was looking to up ts game and compete with a little invention called television that was taking the world by storm. While the story itself is fairly simple and genetic, the visual style and animation craft on display showcases Disney at the height of its powers. The film is packed full of vibrant imagery, vivid colours and wonderful character designs that earn the film its place in the very top tier of the studio’s work. Maleficent, the iconic villainess of the piece, also lends her name to a live action remake of Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie, which we can expect to see next summer.