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Hollywood Is About to Give Sleeping Beauty the Snow White Treatment

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Sleeping Beauty, the 1959 animated Disney movie about a teenager who just doesn't want to get out of bed for school unless one of her handsome classmates shimmies up to her window while her parents aren't paying attention and necks with her, is soon going to have two live-action re-tellings. Not only is the Angelina Jolie hairdo movie Maleficent already filming, but now 21 Jump Street producer Neal Moritz is gearing up for his own Sleeping Beauty movie, which will be set in the modern world.

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There's another twist, of course, because there's always a twist. Sleeping Beauty will not merely wake up when her gentleman caller kisses her in the Moritz version — she'll subsequently stalk him, a plot point Boing Boing's Jamie Frevele finds particularly stupid because turning Sleeping Beauty into a man-crazy stalker sort of defeats the purpose of the story's kiss in the first place. Writes Frevele,

The whole point of the kiss that wakes the girl up is that it's from her one true love. If she is only convincing herself that this guy is her one true love, then the kiss never woke her up in the first place. And if he's her one true love, he isn't going to go anywhere, so the stalking is unnecessary.

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Hollywood, though, prefers to trim puzzle pieces around the edges so that they'll fit rather than assemble puzzles correctly, hence this new stalker Sleeping Beauty and her reluctant beau.

‘Sleeping Beauty' Comedy in the Works from Producer Neal Moritz [THR]

New Sleeping Beauty will turn character into a stalker [Boing Boing]

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The 1959 Disney version is their best animated movie, stylistically speaking. It's drawn in the style of medieval tapestries and paintings, and while Briar Rose looks delightfully 1959 in her styling, the rest sticks delightfully close in its rendition of art of the medieval period. "This is the 14th century," and this is what cartoons would look like in the 14th century!

And people can poo-poo it all they want, talking about the sleep-raping, and the twins and whatnot, but the Sleeping Beauty story is a great one, and I have a feeling Moritz will never understand it enough to do it justice.