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    Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
    "You know I'm really not supposed to speak to strangers. But we've met before."
    Gender: Female
    Type: Beautiful and Elegant Princess
    Age: 16
    Species: Human
    Portrayed by: Mary Costa (original)
    Eddie Collins (crying; archival audio)
    Erin Torpey (speaking; Disney Princess Enchanted Tales)
    Cassidy Laden (singing; DPET)
    Jennifer Hale (2001-2005, 2007-2010)
    Kate Higgins (2010-present)
    Kim Huber, Leslie French (albums)
    Janet McTeer (narrator; Maleficent)
    Sarah Bolger (Once Upon a Time)
    Elle Fanning (Maleficent)
    Eleanor Worthington Cox (8yo; Maleficent)
    Vivienne Jolie-Pitt (5yo; Maleficent)
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Sleeping Beauty

    She is indeed most wondrous fair. Gold of sunshine in her hair. Lips that shame the red, red rose. In ageless sleep, she finds repose.
    ―Maleficent describing Aurora

    Princess Aurora (also known as Briar Rose) is the titular protagonist of Disney's 1959 animated feature film Sleeping Beauty. She is the daughter of King Stefan and Queen Leah. On the day of her christening, Aurora was cursed to die by the evil fairy Maleficent. Due to the efforts of three good fairies, the curse was altered to instead draw Aurora into a deep sleep that could only be broken by true love's kiss.

    Aurora is the third official member of the Disney Princess line-up and is significant for being the last to be developed during Walt Disney's lifetime.


    Official Description

    Also known as Briar Rose, Aurora is graceful and kind. She knows that a wonderful future awaits, if you just have the courage to dream it. Aurora enjoys using her imagination and sharing stories with her forest friends. She is also loyal in her relationships — to her animal friends, her fairies, and her kingdom. Aurora believes in a wish and remains hopeful that she will find the adventure she is looking for.


    The original design for Aurora was developed by Tom Oreb, who based the figure of Aurora on Audrey Hepburn's thin frame and graceful demeanor. Later, Marc Davis worked on sketches of Oreb, improving the appearance and clothing of the heroine so that they were combined with angular forms of background images.

    Marc Davis' wife, Alice, designed some of Aurora's costumes. According to the designer, this was her first job at the Walt Disney Studios, during which she became Marc's wife in 1956.

    As with other Disney films, an actress was hired as a live-action model, as a guide for the animators. Helene Stanley became the model for the heroine. She had previously worked on this post, fulfilling the role of Cinderella.


    Aurora is a kind, elegant, graceful, angelic, loving, and gentle person, as well as a hopeless romantic. At first, she is seen as a slightly shy, playful, and carefree young woman as a result of being sheltered for most of her life. Aurora is very loyal and honest to her "aunts" and usually obeys their rules respectfully, even though she may disagree with them. Since she was raised not to talk to strangers, Aurora was naturally startled and apprehensive when the handsome Prince Phillip approached her in the forest. However, she was drawn to him before remembering her aunts' rule about not talking to strangers. Aurora then compromised in agreeing to talk to him by arranging to meet him at her cottage, under the supervision of her aunts.

    Despite her innocence and apparent dependence on others' actions and opinions, Aurora isn't as passive or helpless as she may seem at first sight. For example, she's rather annoyed by how Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, despite Aurora's adolescence, treat her like a small child, which gives a hint that Aurora, in fact, is prone to independence and not willing to rely purely on somebody's opinion. Also, she's actually quite selfless and strong-willed. When Aurora finds out about her real background as a princess and realizes that she can't see her beloved man anymore, she, although deeply upset, shows firmness and loyalty to those that she cares about. Aurora agrees to push her feelings away and do what is right: return home and fulfill her royal duty as a princess, even if she has to marry a man she doesn't love and barely knows in that way. However, upon being awakened by Phillip and being saved from the sleeping curse, Aurora is happy to discover the man she loves, and her betrothed are the same person, making her become full of sentience and happiness as she embraces her new life as a princess after reuniting with her parents.

    In later media, Aurora is shown to have greatly matured and become far more self-assured, proactive, independent, and responsible, as well as confident in her opinions and abilities.

    Why She Walked with Us Once Upon a Dream

    1. Despite her limited screen time, she is one of the most likable characters in the Disney Princess franchise.
    2. Mary Costa does a wonderful breath-taking job voicing her.
    3. She has the ability to talk to her animal friends, which is seen when she was talking to them about her dream prince.
    4. As gullible as she is at times, she isn't completely dumb, as she clearly knew that Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather were up to something when they were planning a birthday surprise. She just didn't know what they were up to.
    5. She thankfully became more fleshed out in Maleficent II: Mistress of Evil.
    6. She has a wonderful and beautiful character design.
    7. She is such an amazing singer, as she sang two songs "I Wonder" and most famously "Once Upon A Dream."
    8. Her reunion with her parents King Stefan and Queen Leah is heartwarming, despite being rushed.

    Bad Qualities

    1. She can be somewhat gullible at times, as proven when she gets brainwashed by Maleficent.
    2. Although she's the main protagonist of the film, and while she's quite likable, she, just like Queen Leah, hardly gets a lot of screen time to develop her role as a character, making her kinda feel like a weak protagonist. This is mostly because the film is focusing more on the Good Fairies and to some extent, Maleficent and Prince Phillip.
      • If the scene with King Stefan and King Hubert were to be set in the beginning, this could have possibly had the opportunity to let her have some extended screen time as a character and might have possibly invited Phillip sooner, which could have been fairer with her.

    Differences from Source Material

    Aurora is based on the fairy tale "La Belle Au Bois Dormant" by Charles Perrault, but there are many differences:

    • The princess is not named in Perrault's fairy tale, although she is called Talia in the traditional Italian version. Disney utilized two names from other sources: "Briar Rose" from the Brothers Grimm version, and "Aurora" from the Tchaikovsky ballet.
    • The princess is not betrothed to a prince as a baby.
    • There are seven fairies invited to the christening. The eighth was not invited because she had not left her home for fifty years and everyone thought her dead. When she arrives, she is allowed to stay but does receive a golden casket like the others as only seven were prepared; this makes her believe she has been intentionally slighted.
    • The seventh fairy states that the princess will sleep for one hundred years, whereas Aurora's slumber will last indefinitely until true love's kiss breaks the spell.
    • The fairies do not hide the princess away or raise her as their own.
    • The princess wanders the castle alone one day and finds a kindly old woman spinning on her distaff who had not heard of the king's ban on spinning wheels, in stark contrast to Aurora being hypnotized by Maleficent into pricking her finger.
    • Everyone in the castle, including the king and queen, learns of what happened to the princess. The seventh fairy is informed and puts the entire castle to sleep, except the king and queen who depart. She also barricades the castle with a wall of thorny trees.
    • The prince does not awaken the princess with a kiss but simply kneels by her bed after she has slept for one hundred years, thereby fulfilling the prophecy.


    • Aurora's name means "sunrise" or "dawn" in Latin.
      • She is often branded as Sleeping Beauty rather than her name in Disney Princess merchandise, likely because she does not go by her birth name for the majority of the film. Her real name is often unused or even unknown by some fans.
    • She is the only princess who has never talked with the villain of her film.
    • Out of all Disney Princesses, she has the least amount of screen time, 18 minutes to be exact. She is followed by Tiana who has the second least screen time as a human (19 minutes).
    • Aurora says only 18 lines and is completely silent in the second half of the film, even after waking up.
      • This makes her, out of all the Disney Princesses, have the least amount of lines. Her first line is delivered 19 minutes into the film, and her last line is delivered 39 minutes in.
      • She is second only to Dumbo (who didn't speak at all) as the protagonist with the least amount of dialogue throughout their movie.
      • The last sound ever heard from Aurora in the original film is after she arrives at the castle and is gifted her crown by the fairies, she begins crying over thinking she'll never see Phillip again. The crying sounds are not provided by Mary Costa but are a recycled stock sound effect of Dopey's crying over Snow White's apparent death at the end of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
    • Her film did not originally do well at the box office, nor was it ever re-released in Walt Disney's lifetime. Sleeping Beauty was also the last Princess film made in Disney's lifetime and the final Disney film within the fairy tale genre until The Little Mermaid in 1989.
      • However, the film developed a loyal following in later years and Aurora has gained much popularity when the Disney Princess franchise was created. This makes her film a sleeper hit.
      • All the Princesses' films so far were commercially successful during their initial theatrical releases, except for Aurora and Raya's, thus making their films the only ones to be commercial failures during their initial releases. Aurora would, however, later on, appear in the highly successful live-action blockbuster film Maleficent and the hit animated movie Ralph Breaks the Internet.
      • Aurora is also the last "traditional" Disney Princess; as these princesses are much more reactive and passive, though Cinderella took some initiative. After that, the later Princesses became more "contemporary" and proactive, starting with Ariel in 1989.
    • In the sequel books, she has a palomino horse named Mirette.
    • Aurora and Anastasia are the only two Disney Princesses to actually wear a typical princess gown. The other Princesses wear clothes that are not commonly categorized as a "typical" princess gown. In Aurora's case, the gown was meant to distinguish her role as a princess.
    • Aurora's alias is Briar Rose, which is also the title of the Brothers Grimm version of the tale.
      • The alias Briar Rose was used by Aurora's mother, Queen Leah, in Once Upon a Time.
      • The Brothers Grimm version of Sleeping Beauty is based on the 1636 story by Giambattista Basile called Sun, Moon, and Talia.
    • The name Aurora is the name of Sleeping Beauty's daughter in the Charles Perrault version and is the name for the titular character in the Tchaikovsky ballet.
    • Aurora is the first Disney Princess to have an official alias, Briar Rose.
    • Aurora is the first Disney Princess to have both parents alive and present during the entire film, followed by Mulan, Rapunzel, Merida, and Moana.
    • Aurora is one of the nine Disney Princesses to be royal by birth, second after Snow White.
    • Despite having a similar narrative to Snow White, wherein they both fell into a deep sleep, Aurora is much more associated with the sleeping trademark.
    • Alongside Snow White, Merida, Moana, Tiana, and Raya, Aurora has not had a sequel to her film. Anastasia's film received a direct-to-video sequel/spin-off in 1999, Bartok the Magnificent.
    • Aurora's ball gown is constantly changed from blue to pink and back again as a running gag during her film. The constant color change is due to Flora and Merryweather's disagreement on what the color should be.
      • The gag of Aurora's gown changing color from blue to pink throughout the film was inspired by the filmmakers' difficult decision on deciding the gown's color during production.
      • This was also referenced at the end of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, when Knotgrass and Thistlewit disagreed on Aurora's wedding dress being pink or green until a regenerating Fittle helped them settle with blue.
    • The final scene of Sleeping Beauty with her and Prince Phillip dancing and going off into the clouds was an abandoned concept from both Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella.
      • The dance animation would later be reused in the final scene of Beauty and the Beast.
    • In the ballet, her father is named King Florestan the XXIV, the Prince is named Désiré or Florimund, and the evil fairy is called Carabosse. There are five fairies named Candide (Candor), Coulante, Fleur de farine (Flowing, Wheat flour), Miettes qui tombent (Falling breadcrumbs), Canari qui chante (Singing canary), and Violente (Force). The Lilac Fairy is the final and sixth good fairy and is considered the most powerful.
    • The infant Aurora does not make an actual appearance onscreen in the film. She is mostly just wrapped in quilts, but you can't actually see her.
      • Despite infant Aurora not making an actual onscreen appearance in the original animated film, infant Aurora actually did appear onscreen in Maleficent.
    • Aurora's original voice actress, Mary Costa, is the only actress alive of the first three Princesses. Both Adriana Caselotti and Ilene Woods passed away in 1997 and 2010, respectively. She is also the only surviving cast member of her film.
    • Strangely, in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Aurora's bed vanishes, as does Aurora herself when completing Terra's and Ventus' scenarios in her world when she should be asleep in her bed. Though more than likely for the story of the world, it means that Aurora is awake due to Aqua helping Prince Phillip rescue her.
    • Coincidentally, Kate Higgins, the latest voice actor for Aurora, also voices Briar Beauty, the daughter of Sleeping Beauty in the Mattel webisode series Ever After High.
    • Aurora is the first Disney Princess to have an arranged marriage as a conflict, followed by Jasmine, Pocahontas, and Merida. In her case, she was hesitant to return to the castle due to its meaning of having to violate her promise of meeting the stranger she met (who, ironically enough, was her betrothed).
      • She is also the only one of the four to actually marry the person to whom she was betrothed.
    • In the scene where Maleficent appears in the fireplace and hypnotizes Aurora to prick her finger, the female vocalist heard is actually saying "Aurora!", and it is spoken by none other than Mary Costa herself. While difficult to hear in the film, it is much clearer on the official soundtrack.
    • Excluding Merida, who is owned by Pixar, and Anastasia, which is owned by 20th Century Fox, Aurora and Jasmine are the only two Disney Princesses to not appear in the end credits for Wish.
    • Her name was used for the debut of the teal-colored Disney+ logo, in reference to the streaming service merging with Hulu.
    • In Once Upon a Time, Aurora's alias Briar Rose is instead given to her mother Queen Leah, as Leah's actual name, rather than Aurora's fake name.


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