"Sansa and I have grown up together for the past five years, and so when I’m reading the script and something happens to her, I cry all the
time. There is a real connection between us - I
feel everything she feels." | Sophie Turner for Town & Country (March 2015)
All the realms of the Elves in the third age are guarded Realms, in the sense that they are protected. But theWoodland Realm is a little different than the other Elven realms in that the guarding is obvious: it’s a closed city, definitely more fortified.The idea that emerged was that it would be like being in a forest except you’re underground. A sort of underground palace that would somehow feel Elven.
“every boyfriend is the one,
until otherwise proven.
the good are never easy,
the easy never good
and it never happens
like you think it really should.
deception and perfection
are wonderful traits
one will breed love,
the other hate.
you’ll find me in the lonely hearts
under ‘im after a brand new start’…”
Based on the classic fairy tale and including musical themes from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet version of the story, the entire look of the film was different from any animated movie ever produced, partly because of a budget that exceeded $6 million dollars—the most expensive of any of Disney’s features to date—and largely due to the unique painting style of artist Eyvind Earle.
The great voice cast included Bill Shirley as Prince Phillip. Bill was a stage and film performer, and was the uncredited singing voice for “On the Street Where You Live” in 1964′s My Fair Lady. The evil Maleficent was voiced by Eleanor Audley, who began her career as a radio actress in shows such as Father Knows Best and then successfully moved on to film and television. For Disney, she also voiced the wicked stepmother Lady Tremaine in Cinderella and the voice of Madame Leota inside the crystal ball for the Haunted Mansion Disney park attraction. The title role of sleeping beauty Princess Aurora, was voiced by Mary Costa. Her performance launched a successful singing career that has included everything from appearing with Frank Sinatra to singing at the Metropolitan Opera.
Mary recently told D23′s Scott Wolf about one particular memory of seeing the film. “When my mother was in her late 90s, I took her to a small complex to see Sleeping Beauty. She was sitting by me on my right and no one knew who we were. She just loved it. She had seen it before, but she just loved it and she just chuckled over it. During one scene my mother said, ‘(rather loudly) Oh, Mary! That looks just like you!’ Everybody turned around. I had to put my hand over her mouth. She never was a stage mother ever. She was extremely supportive and was a lady of great faith and she was just my buddy and my friend. But I can’t see [the movie] to this day without thinking of how sweet that was.”