The Three Fairies Are the True Protagonists of 'Sleeping Beauty'

While the sleeping beauty sleeps, the fairies get to work.

1/28/2022 1:30:00 AM

Is Aurora really the protagonist of 'Sleeping Beauty'? We look into Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather.

While the sleeping beauty sleeps, the fairies get to work.

Despite being the focus of the fairy tale, the titular character is given the least amount of screen time among the main cast; she is on-screen for only about 18 minutes out of an 85-minute runtime and speaks her final line of dialogue halfway through. Despite having one of the most sinister villains in Disney’s large cast of baddies, Aurora (Mary Costa) never truly comes face to face with Maleficent (Eleanor Audley), and she has no hand in her own rescue.

COLLIDER VIDEO OF THE DAY Taking valuable screen time and dialogue away from the protagonist of the story is a strange choice to make – if Princess Aurora is the protagonist, that is. Despite being the center of the story, Aurora doesn’t go through much of a character arc. The biggest change is meeting her true love in the forest and agreeing to meet with him again that night, only to realize that she is a princess and is forbidden to be with him. It’s even unclear whether Aurora finds out by the end of the movie that the man she met “once upon a dream” is actually her betrothed, Prince Philip (Bill Shirley). Very little time is dedicated to Aurora herself, making her a stagnant character.

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