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Seize that creature!
~ King Stefan orders his guards to seize Maleficent
King Stefan is the father of Princess Aurora and a supporting character in Disney's 1959 animated feature film, Sleeping Beauty. He and his wife, Queen Leah, had a baby girl and invited everybody except Maleficent to the celebration. He is friends with King Hubert. In the original film, Stefan was voiced by the late Taylor Holmes, his final film role where he replaced the late Hans Conried (his performance model who possibly ended up voicing Lord Duke in the same film), and he is now voiced by Corey Burton in Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams.
King Stefan and Queen Leah are the monarchs of a Kingdom. He is overjoyed when his wife gives birth to a baby girl whom they named Aurora. The whole kingdom was invited by Stefan to celebrate her birth, including King Hubert and Prince Phillip, and the Three Good Fairies: Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. But his and his queen's happiness is short-lived, as the evil witch Maleficent, the only person not invited to Aurora's celebration, enters his castle and threatens to curse the baby. She then prophecizes that on Aurora's 16th birthday, she will die from touching the spindle of a spinning wheel, although after she leaves, one of the Three Good Fairies, Merryweather, weakens the curse so their daughter will sleep instead of die. The King and Queen make the hardest decision of their lives: their daughter must be raised by the Three Good Fairies away in the forest in order to protect her. King Stefan ordered all spinning wheels in the kingdom to be burned in an attempt to prevent the curse from happening. The narrator reveals that sixteen sad and lonely years passed for Stefan and his dear queen.
Sixteen years later, he is waiting for his now teenage daughter's return to the Castle. While in the dining room drinking, he and Hubert quarrel over their children until Hubert mistakenly grabs a fish instead of his sword and they burst out laughing. When Aurora touches the spindle, the Good Fairies put everyone in the Kingdom to sleep. When Maleficent is defeated by Prince Phillip, he awakens and finally reunites with his daughter in happiness.
Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams
In the short segment, Stefan, Leah, Hubert, and Phillip all go off on a royal ceremony where Hubert is due to give a speech. Trusting their daughter, Stefan and Leah give Aurora the "keys to the kingdom" while they're away, not before asking his majordomo, Lord Duke about the arrangements he made for the kingdom. After he leaves with Phillip, Hubert and Leah, Aurora is given the Keys to the Kingdom, herself becoming a temporary ruler for him and Leah, though he is seen unsure and worried if Aurora can rule, but she comforts him.
He is then seen at the end of the first segment, arriving back from the Royal Conference, along with King Hubert, Queen Leah, and Prince Phillip, when Duke comes running to the carriage telling him that there were giant chickens, green pigs, and cows. But when King Stefan, Queen Leah, King Hubert, Prince Phillip, and Lord Duke arrive in the throne room, there were no animals. Afterwards, he is seen in the final scene of the first segment, sitting next to Hubert at the Royal Banquet, alongside the other major characters as they talk about "the rumor" about cows, and green pigs as Phillip mentions giant chickens. And he starts laughing, along with the fairies, Duke, Hubert, Leah, and of course, Princess Aurora
Before the late Taylor Holmes was casted in as King Stefan in the final version, the late Hans Conried was initially considered to voice Stefan as he recorded some voice tracks as heard in the demo soundtrack from the second cd disc of the Legacy Collection: Sleeping Beauty, 'It Happens I have a Picture' and 'Evil'. But because he was replaced by Taylor Holmes for the voice role, his lines as Stefan were cut from the final film, possibly resulting in the Herald’s voice mystery that was never solved for a long time.