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Riddle Diddle (also titled as "Riddle Diddle 1, 2, 3") is a deleted song from the 1959 Disney animated film, Sleeping Beauty.

Background

The song was originally going to be sung during the part where Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, the Three Good Fairies, are discussing with each other in a plan to prepare a party for Aurora's 16th birthday, but the song was cut for the final version. Throughout the song, Flora devises a plan for Merryweather and Fauna to do their parts in preparing a party for Aurora to which they sing their parts during the song.

Despite being deleted, the song was included in the 2008 Platinum Edition of Sleeping Beauty as well as the Sleeping Beauty-inspired album, Sleeping Beauty and Friends with a modern recording using the same lyrics used in it. Additionally, the song was also included in The Legacy Collection: Sleeping Beauty containing two versions: the original version sung by Verna Felton, Barbara Jo Allen, and Colenn Collins, as well as another modern recording performed by Cindy Robinson and Linda Kerns. For the final cut, however, while Felton and Jo Allen were officially casted as Flora and Fauna, Barbara Luddy replaced Collins for the role of Merryweather.

Lyrics

Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather:
When we're in a fix,
and don't know what to do
Then we count on magic
It always sees us through

Riddle diddle 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Riddle diddle 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Riddle diddle 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 2, 1
The magic has begun

Riddle diddle 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
Riddle diddle 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
Riddle diddle 2, 4, 6, 8, 6, 4, 2
Will make our wish come true

Simple as the ABCs
But it's just the start
Now we have to count by threes
That's the hardest part

Riddle diddle 3, 6, 9, and 12
Riddle diddle 12, 9, 6, and 3
Riddle diddle 3, 2, 1, and when we're done
The magic works on three

Riddle diddle 1, 2, 3

(spoken)
Flora:
All right, dears, each in turn.
Remember, Merry, you're the cake.

Merryweather:
Oh, yes. Cake.
Well, here I go.

(sung)
Riddle diddle 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Riddle diddle 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Riddle diddle 1, 2, bake a birthday cake
When I say, "3, 2, 1"

Riddle diddle 3, 2, 1

(speaking)
Flora:
All right, Fauna. The dress.

Fauna:
Yes, I know. I know. I'm ready.

(sung)
Riddle diddle 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
Riddle diddle 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
Riddle diddle 3, 4, 5, the dress contrive
When I say, "6, 4, 2"

Riddle diddle 6, 4, 2

(speaking)

Flora:
Now the house.
Stand back, everybody. Give me room.

(sung)
Riddle diddle 3, 6, 9, and 12
Riddle diddle 12, 9, 6, and 3
Riddle diddle 1, 2 - Broom, clean up the room
When I say "1, 2, 3"

Riddle diddle 1, 2, 3

Trivia

  • Although the song itself was deleted, an instrumental fragment from "Riddle Diddle" verse can be heard in the opening credits in the final version of the film after the "Once Upon a Dream" verse.


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Media
Films: Sleeping Beauty (Video/Soundtrack/The Legacy Collection) • Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your DreamsMaleficent (Video/Soundtrack) • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Video/Soundtrack)

Television: House of MouseOnce Upon a TimeOnce Upon a Time in WonderlandSofia the First
Video Games: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by SleepDisney InfinityMaleficent Free FallDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Books: My Side of the Story: Sleeping Beauty/MaleficentThe Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping BeautyOnce Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's MaleficentMistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark FairyDisney Princess Beginnings

Disney Parks
Castle of Magical DreamsCinderella Castle Mystery TourClub VillainDisney Animation BuildingKing Arthur CarrouselLe Château de la Belle au Bois DormantLa Tanière du DragonPrincess PavilionSleeping Beauty CastleSorcerers of the Magic KingdomMidship Detective AgencySleeping Beauty Castle WalkthroughDisney Heroes: Battle Mode

Entertainment: "A Whole New World" A Magical Disney SongbookAnimagiqueCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveFantasmic!Feel the MagicMickey's Gift of DreamsMickey's Magical CelebrationOnce Upon a MouseOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On!Soryo KobuThe Golden MickeysThe Starlit Princess WaltzVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: King Stefan's Banquet Hall
Parade: Disney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's FantillusionDisney's Party ExpressDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney on ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Festival of Fantasy ParadeFlights of Fantasy ParadeHappiness is Here ParadeJubilation!Magic HappensMain Street Electrical ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Soundsational ParadeSpectroMagicThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Firework: Celebrate! Tokyo DisneylandDisney Dreams!Magic, Music and MayhemMagicalMomentousWishesWonderful World of Animation
Spring: Disney Pirate or Princess: Make Your Choice
Summer: Club Mouse BeatMickey's WaterWorks
Halloween: Celebrate the MagicDisney's Maleficious Halloween PartyFrightfully Fun ParadeHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularInferno Dance PartyIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsJack Skellington’s Villainous GatheringKooky Spooky Halloween NightRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeThe Villains WorldVillains GroveVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out!World of Color: Villainous!
Christmas: Royal Christmas BallRoyal Christmas Wishes

Characters
Sleeping Beauty: AuroraPrince PhillipFlora, Fauna, and MerryweatherMaleficentDiabloKing StefanQueen LeahKing HubertForest AnimalsSamsonGoonsLord DukeMinstrel

Maleficent: Forest ArmyKing HenryKing Henry's ArmyFairies
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil: Queen IngrithConallBorraGerdaDark FeyLickspittle
Deleted Characters: Vulture

Objects
Spinning WheelMaleficent's Staff
Locations
King Stefan's CastleForbidden MountainAurora's CottageForestMoorsUlsteadCavernous Nest
Songs
Sleeping Beauty: Hail to the Princess AuroraThe Gifts of Beauty and SongI WonderOnce Upon a DreamSkumpsSleeping Beauty

Deleted Songs: Sing a Smiling SongIt Happens I Have a PictureRiddle DiddleGo to SleepEvil - Evil
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil: You Can't Stop The Girl

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