Original production animation drawing of Briar Rose in graphite and red pencils from "Sleeping Beauty," 1959, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 96 lower right with animation ladder lower right; Size - Briar Rose: 8 x 4", 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.
After Briar Rose danced with Prince Phillip and the animals in the forest; she returns to the cottage to find the Three Good Fairies have prepared a cake and a beautiful dress as gifts for her on this, her sixteenth birthday. As soon as she walks in the cottage door, she takes off and hangs her cape on a peg. This is a beautiful original production animation drawing from that scene. Briar Rose is full figure, eyes and mouth open, and the work work is beautifully drawn in graphite and red pencils.
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