Charles Perrault's 1696 Sleeping Beauty presents a much more religious story, which makes it easy to see why critics from the church would make their dislike for Disney's adaptation known. Perrault's version says that the King and Queen tried very hard but for a long time could have no children, and finally had a beautiful little girl, although Disney opens their film to say that their wishes were granted and the child was born. This seems to rely more on the supernatural than the natural or the divine. Perrault's King and Queen held a christening for their daughter, although Disney's proclaimed a holiday for the kingdom in celebration of their little girl. The author sometimes calls the helpers angels, and Maleficent (as named by Disney) is known at the eighth angel, who was forgotten for many years and laid a curse on the newborn girl. We are able to see a much stronger religious content as after the curse was laid upon the girl, the good angel "declared the gift that God had decreed.
"Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound."
~ Romans 5:20 ~
This is not included in Disney's adaptation, and refers to the angels as fairies and refers to the eighth evil angel as Maleficent, the evil witch.
I think that circumstances of Perrault story are much more beautiful and careful, because it indicates no set time that the girl is to prick her finger, although Disney says that it is when she is 16 years old. Both stories hold true that the good angel puts the entire kingdom into a deep slumber, to wake when she is awaken so that they will be ready to serve her. Disney's film presents much more intervention of good and evil, as the fairies hide her in the country to avoid her death, and as Maleficent uses her evil magic in order to trick the princess into pricking her finger. Perrault's story shows only a careless old woman who has long forgotten the law that there are to be no spindles in the kingdom, and the princess prick her finger by accident. Perrault's princess was awoken by her prince from another kingdom 100 years later, although after their marriage he feared that his mother, the Queen was "of the race of ogres". She ordered her servant to cook a feast out of her son's children, and finally of the younger Queen, this aspect of the story is of course left out of the Disney version. Perrault's tale ends with the Ogress being killed in a vat of snakes and vipers that she had set out for the young beautiful Queen and her children, as she fell in from the shock of her son's early arrival home. Disney's Sleeping beauty deals with much more supernatural intervention, as Prince Philip only saves Princess Aurora from the evil witch with the help of the fairies. While, ultimately, both stories have happy endings, Disney chose to cut theirs much shorter than the original.