All of the Cannon Movie Tales were cheaply shot and made. Some of them occasionally emerged okay but the majority did not. Sleeping Beauty is a dreary by-the-numbers run through of the Charles Perrault fairytale. The film pads the original story out somewhat, notably with the introduction of the character of the elf played by Kenny Baker. On the other hand, when it comes to the guts of the fairytale ie. everything that happens after Rosebud goes to sleep the film seems indifferent and hurried. It is hard, for instance, to understand what killed all the other heroes trying to rescue the princess when all that prince Nicholas Clays quest consists of is brushing through some creepers.
The overacting and mugging indulged by most of the cast is awful, although the alternative end of the spectrum is the blankness presented by Morgan Fairchild as the queen and the non-performance from Tahnee Welch (Raquels daughter who failed to find much of an acting career) in the title role. The one entertaining performance comes from Kenny Baker, famous as R2D2 in the Star Wars films, as the unflappably ebullient elf although being the film it is, this is a dwarf is unable to conduct any action without having to take a slapstick pratfall first. The idea of the Seven League Boots, which involve Kenny Baker jumping from mountaintop to mountaintop in a pair of VW-sized shoes, is one moment of imagination in an otherwise tatty film. There is a musical score that sounds it belongs more to a cartoon.
David Irving, the brother of actress Amy Irving, was a director for several of the other Cannon Movie Tales with The Emperors New Clothes and Rumpelstiltskin. He has made other genre films such as C.H.U.D. II: Bud the Chud (1989) and Night of the Cyclone (1990).
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