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    Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather

    Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather
    "Come along now, we must tell the majesties at once!"
    Gender: Female
    Type: Protective Guardians
    Species: Fairies
    Portrayed by: Verna Felton, Barbara Jo Allen and Barbara Luddy (original film, "Once Upon a Studio")
    Barbara Dirikson, Russi Taylor and Tress MacNeille (later 2000s media)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Sleeping Beauty

    Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are the supporting characters from Disney's 1959 animated film "Sleeping Beauty". They are a trio of three good fairies who act as protective guardians of Princess Aurora after she was cursed by Maleficent, an evil fairy, on the day of her christening.

    Why They are their Most Honoured and Exalted Excellencies

    1. They are the good fairies who use their magic to spread happiness and joy to the kingdom.
    2. They have their own individual personalities and signature colors.
      • Flora is the oldest of the fairies and she makes herself to be the bossy and headstrong leader of the trio. Her signature color is red, but her favourite color is pink.
      • Fauna is the middlest of the trio as she is the second-in-command. Although she may be absent-minded, Fauna is more level-headed and is often the peacemaker between Flora and Merryweather. Her signature color is green.
      • Merryweather is the youngest of the trio as distinguished from her stature. She is often impulsive and feisty where she would challenge Flora's leadership and would often get into a color war with her but she is more resourceful. Her signature color is blue.
    3. On the day of Aurora's christening they bless her with their gifts where Flora gifts her with beauty and Fauna gifts her with song. Although Merryweather's gift was interrupted by Maleficent who curses the young princess, Merryweather uses her blessing to weaken the curse so that instead of dying, Aurora will be in eternal slumber and be awakened by true love's kiss, breaking the curse.
    4. They take their protection of Aurora seriously when living like mortals and dressed as peasants in the woodcutter's cottage where they disallow themselves from using any magic while spending their 16 years of raising Aurora as their own. They even change her name to Briar Rose to further protect her from Maleficent.
    5. Though they fear Maleficent, they don't hesitate to venture into the Forbidden Mountains and sneak into Maleficent's castle to rescue Prince Phillip, who is betrothed to Aurora and the only one who can free everyone in the kingdom, after finding out that he was the man Aurora met in the forest, thanks to King Hubert.
    6. Although she is prevented to take on Maleficent when provoked, Merryweather manages to take on Diablo, Maleficent's raven, in the climax by chasing him before turning him into a stone statue to keep him from alerting his mistress of Phillip's escape.
    7. They appear in Kingdom Hearts II where they provide Sora an outfit that has magical powers that allow him access to Drive Forms before he sets off on his next journey by Yen Sid.
    8. They are also headmistresses of Royal Prep in Sofia the First where they teach Sofia, Amber, James, and their royal friends and even help to assist Sofia in some episodes and help her solve problems. One episode "The Princess Test" reveals that Fauna disguised herself as Mrs. Higgins to test the Princesses' character to see if they can take the time to help her and Sofia was the only one who passed it.
    9. Verna Felton, Barbara Jo Allen and Barbara Luddy did amazing jobs respectively voicing the three fairies to compliment their personalities and made them the sidekicks we know and love. Their successors Barbara Dirikson, Russi Taylor (until her death in 2019) and Tress MacNeille also did great jobs voicing them and closely imitating their accents and vocal ranges.
      • Madge Blake, Spring Byington, and Francis Bavier also did great modeling these three colored trio of fairies.
    10. After being flanderized in Maleficent, they become decent in Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil and redeem themselves in Chibi Tiny Tales, where they got their original names back.

    “Fairly Bad” Qualities

    All Three

    1. While likable, they infamously got way too much screen time than everyone else in the film (especially with both Princess Aurora and Queen Leah), as they are mainly involved in nearly everything in the film's plot. The same might apply to Maleficent or Prince Phillip, to some extent.
    2. They were flanderized in Maleficent as the female versions of the Three Stooges and their names were respectively changed to Knotgrass, Thistlewit, and Flittle. However, they started improve in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and redeem themselves and earn their original names back in Chibi Tiny Tales.
    3. Unfortunately, they can also be quite reckless, as proven when they blatantly made two mistakes that ended up jeopardizing King Stefan and Queen Leah’s kingdom and worst of all, poor Aurora's life.
      • When deciding to finally use their magic to make Aurora a birthday cake and a dress, they made sure that all doors, windows and in the cottage are closed with all the gaps plugged, but they seem to forget about the fireplace; so as a result, the magic from Flora and Merryweather's color war over the color for Aurora's dress alerts Diablo, who then discovers Aurora's true identity and leaves to informs Maleficent of the news.
      • After carefully escorting Aurora back to the castle that evening before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday and seeing that Aurora is still upset about not being able to see the man she met again, they decide to give Aurora some privacy by leaving her alone in the room. This proves to be their fateful mistake as it gives Maleficent the opportunity to lure the vulnerable Aurora away from the fairies and to the tallest tower. The fairies immediately come to the realization of what they have done because they knew it was wrong for them to leave Aurora alone after hearing Maleficent's hypnotizing spell. They rush and tried to save Aurora; but much to their horror and disbelief, they are too late because Aurora had pricked her finger and fulfilled Maleficent's curse by collapsing to the ground into a deep slumber, causing the fairies to put everyone in the realm to sleep until they can find a way to undo the curse and save everyone in the kingdom.


    1. She can be a bit strict, bossy, and reckless, as shown when her quarrel with Merryweather regarding the color of Aurora’s dress caused Diablo to reveal their location to Maleficent and when her decision to leave Aurora alone caused Maleficent to trick Aurora into pricking her finger.


    • Unlike Hans Conried’s performance as King Stefan in a deleted song, Coleen Collins’ performance as Merryweather for “Riddle Diddle” is too unsuitable and out of place for Merryweather who was supposed to be tough, fiesty and headstrong.


    • According to the Disney Publicity synopsis of the film's original release, Merryweather was about to bless Aurora with the gift of happiness until Maleficent's arrival interrupted her and had to use it to weaken Maleficent's curse.


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