I think we all remember our first big screen Disney experience. I first saw this in one of its reissues when I was around ten I believe. The dragon battle was astounding but so was the suspension of disbelief in experiencing the story and characters. Re-watching now its no longer my fav Disney but certainly amongst the best of the early features and certainly one of the most memorable villains of all time.
I've always loved this movie, but I was fortunate enough to catch a screening of Disney's only extant 70 mm print of it and now I'm certain: this is the finest, most enchanting work ever produced by the studio and one of the greatest fantasy films of all time.
Too bad Maleficent crashed the party before Merryweather could bestow the gift of personality on Aurora. Thankfully, the movie focuses more on the three fairies, compelling in their own rights, and Maleficent, hands-down the most badass villainess to grace Disney's pantheon. Moreover, it boasts beautiful animation and artwork and wonderful music. I don't care much for the princess, but the movie itself: beautiful.
Childhood. "Bevor noch die Sonne an ihrem sechzehnten Geburtstag untergeht, soll sie sich mit der Spindel eines Spinnrades in den Finger stechen - und sterben!" Nope, I did NOT have to google this one. Gotta love Maleficent.