Original production animation drawing of Briar Rose in graphite, red, and blue pencils from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 51 lower right; Animation ladder in pencil lower right; Size - Briar Rose: 4 3/4 x 2 1/2", Sheet 12 1/2 x 15 1/2"; Unframed.
As with other Disney films, an actress was hired as a live-action model (as a guide for the animators) for Princess Aurora/Briar Rose. Helene Stanley, who was also the model for Cinderella in 1950, became the model for the heroine. It is interesting to note that prior to marrying Marc Davis in 1956, Alice (Davis) designed some of costumes worn by Stanley in her acting role in "Sleeping Beauty."
Close up of the original production animation drawing of Briar Rose.
In 1952, the professional opera singer Mary Costa, after meeting people at a party with her future husband director Frank Tashlin, auditioned for the part of Disney's Princess Aurora/Briar Rose. Walt Disney called her personally within hours of the audition to inform her that the part was hers. The success of the film "Sleeping Beauty," owes a chuck of those accolades to the voice of Mary Costa. Her songs were some of the most beautiful ever sung by a Disney Princess. In November 1999 Mary Costa received the Disney Legends Award, and her hand prints are now a permanent part of the Disney Legends Plaza at the entrance to Walt Disney Studios.
Close up of the animation ladder and the production number.
This is a fantastic original production animation drawing of Briar Rose singing. She is full figure, her mouth is open, and the work work is beautifully rendered in graphite, blue, and red pencils.
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