Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Comes to Theaters for the First Time
Sleeping Beauty was Walt Disney’s 16th animated feature which was released on this day in 1959. Based the Brothers Grimm tale, it was the last fairy tale that the studio created before 1989’s The Little Mermaid. Much of the music of the film was taken from Tchaikovsky’s 1890 ballet of the same name. It was the first animated film to be photographed in the Super Technirama 70 widescreen process although it was released to theaters in both 35mm and 70mm prints. Production costs to make the film came to about $6 million, making it Disney’s most expensive money up to this point. (It cost twice as much as the studio’s three previous films, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp) Despite positive reviews from critics, the movie didn’t bring in enough money to make up for the losses of the rest of that year’s releases resulting in massive layoffs for Disney’s animation department. Disney later released a live-action version of the story, Maleficent, in 2014 that starred Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning.
Baseball Hall of Fame is Created
Though the Baseball Hall of Fame had its beginnings in 1935 with a museum that would honor the first 100 years of “America’s favorite pastime,” it wasn’t until this day, January 29, 1936, that the members voted to include Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Matthewson and Walter Johnson. The organization so desperately wanted to build the museum in Cooperstown to help reinvigorate the area’s economy that they came up with the lie that baseball was actually invented in Cooperstown by US Civil War hero Abner Doubleday. Today the museum receives about 350,000 visitors per year.