What’s the real story behind Sleeping Beauty?
Today I found out Sleeping Beauty is based on a story where a married king finds a girl asleep and can’t wake her, so rapes her instead. The story is called The Sun, the Moon, and Talia, written, or at the least collected and composed, by the Italian poet Giambattista Basile.
Is Sleeping Beauty Aurora or Briar Rose?
While Tchaikovsky referred to his princess as “Aurora”, the Brothers Grimm had named her “Little Briar Rose”; this ultimately inspired Disney to use both names in the film, the latter of which serves as the character’s alias while she is hiding from Maleficent.
Why is Aurora called Briar Rose?
In the original story written by the Grimm brothers in the 19th century, Sleeping Beauty was named Briar Rose. When Disney made a new version of the tale it was decided she would use both the names Aurora and Sleeping Beauty, although the three fairies refer to her as Briar Rose in order to conceal her identity.