On purely animation terms, Sleeping Beauty might be the best thing they’ve ever done. I am in awe of every frame of this movie. Narratively, it’s not top five. But putting the two together — this is about right. Maybe I’m putting it a little high, due to my love of the visuals (plus, I’m aware Snow White is a top five, so, by default I’m putting it a bit high), but I still contend this is one of the top six or seven films Disney has ever made. This (along with Snow White and Cinderella) is really the template for all the Disney princess films.
This is also the film, I feel, that a lot of people think highly of, and go, “Oh, yeah, it’s a classic,” but no one really watches it all that much. I feel like most people (especially those who grew up in the 90s, like I did) would find it kind of slow. I understand that criticism and all, but — watch this film in 1080p, and you let me know whether or not this remains one of the best things they’ve ever made. Wait until you see these screenshots.