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    A Wonderful Look At The Behind-The-Scenes Art Of "Sleeping Beauty"

    In celebration of the release of the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition on Blu-ray, Disney shared some of the fantastic behind-the-scenes art that went into putting this classic movie together.

    Early concept art of King Stefan's castle created by Eyvind Earle, who Walt Disney selected to style Sleeping Beauty.

    A striking preliminary study sketch of Maleficent, created by Earle, which shows off his trademark angular style.

    An emphasis on texture, seen here on the trees, was another trademark of Earle's designs.

    A preliminary study sketch of the climatic final showdown between Prince Phillip and Maleficent, created by Earle.

    The evolution of Maleficent's design.

    From left to right: An early design of Maleficent, where she is depicted as more of a sinister witch; An early concept design by Marc Davis (Maleficent's lead animator); in which she given a more glamorous look; Davis' design, which is closest to the finished character, has Maleficent in red-lined robes instead of her trademark purple.

    Model sheets of Maleficent and Princess Aurora.

    A model sheet helps animators maintain continuity on a character's design by showing the character in various angles and poses.

    The evolution of Princess Aurora's design.

    An early concept drawing of Aurora (right), were she almost appears to be modeled after Liz Taylor. An early study drawing of Aurora and Prince Phillip (left), created by Marc Davis.

    An early concept drawing of Aurora's birthday dress.

    A storyboard sequence of Maleficent from the christening scene (left), and the scene from the finished film (right).

    A storyboard sequence from the dress-making scene (left), created by Bill Peet, and the scene from the finished film (right).

    Cleaned up animation drawing of Aurora, created by Marc Davis, and the scene from the finished film.

    Cleaned up animation drawing of Maleficent, created by Marc Davis, and the scene from the finished film.

    A drawing of Maleficent revealing Aurora's body to the fairies (left), and the scene from the finished film (right).

    A drawing of Maleficent's transformation, created by Dan McManus, and the climactic scene from the finished film.

    A cleaned up animation drawing of the romantic final scene, created by Ken O'Brien, and the scene from the finished film.

    This scene would later be studied and used as reference by Disney animators who worked on the final waltz scene in Beauty and the Beast.

    Facts about the artwork sourced from Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's Maleficent by Charles Solomon. The Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray is available now.