Go Inside the House That Inspired Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    In honor of the release of Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent on DVD this Fall, Disney studios opened the doors to Walt Disney’s LA home for the first time. The Los Feliz house looks like something straight out of one of Walt’s animated movies — join us for an exclusive tour inside the home that inspired the look of some of the studio’s most classic films.

    Lindsay Miller: I am here outside Walt Disney's LA home which was built in 1932 and has never before been open to the press or the public. What cherished his family and the life they shared in this house which truly looks like something out of one of his fairytale animated films. Don Hahn: You come here and you walk on the backyard there is a little playhouse that he built for his daughter were sitting in front of the window where he used to have the Christmas tree every year and put his presents underneath it and you go, this guy was a dad and a pretty private man. I think this was the place he could come and be with his daughters and his wife and have a life that wasn't in the limelight. Lindsay Miller: It was a pivotal time in his career and life when Walt decided to build the home. Don Hahn: In 1931 he had a like a nervous breakdown and he says that in his own words and he was incredibly successful, Mickey Mouse was a worldwide phenomenon; he takes at his doctor's advise, he takes 6 weeks off and he goes up to Mississippi, he goes to Washington DC, he cruises back for the Panama Canal, he comes back just on fire. He starts production on three little pigs which was going to be a depression hit; so with the height of depression he is building this house, his wife is expecting a child, his studio is thriving. Lindsay Miller: The castle like French Normandy Style would later serve as the inspiration for the look of Sleeping Beauty, which had a more complex and stylized look than Disney's previous films.

    Don Hahn: The first conversations about Sleeping Beauty happened probably right where we are sitting and this house is built in the French Norman's Revival Style. He built a house that was very much about him and who he was and what he thought and he was very much the about the suspension of disbelief and fairytales and mythology, and so it's not a surprise when you pull up to the front door that it looks like you're walking into this fairytale cottage.

    Lindsay Miller: And that influence is still obvious in Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie the studio reinvigorated the original story while putting a modern stamp on the tail. Don Hahn: When you get Angelina Jolie, you get much more than an actress, you get a director, you get someone who has strong and good story opinions and you get someone who is a fashion icon.

    Lindsay Miller: Although the Disney has moved to a new home in the 50s the impact of their walking way still lives on in film and imaginations around the world.