Man animates himself and girlfriend into Disney's Sleeping Beauty – then proposes at the theater

  • 18 Jan - 24 Jan, 2020
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A pair of high school sweethearts are destined to live happily ever after, especially following the magic that went into their fairytale proposal last month. But when it came time for filmmaker Lee Loechler to plan a proposal to his girlfriend Dr Sthuthi David, he never expected his gesture to be so grandeur. “A few years back, a friend of mine told me he was planning to propose to his then-girlfriend, and I suggested he should Forrest Gump himself into her favourite movie, and then have his on-screen character ‘toss’ the ring to his real-life self,” Loechler, 29, tells PEOPLE. “I don’t know where that idea came from, but it felt fun and magical, and it played into my skill set as a filmmaker.” “He didn’t think it was right for him, so I filed it away for later use,” he continues. “When things started getting serious with Sthuthi, I started thinking about how I might propose. I still thought that idea had potential, but her favourite movie was animated, and my experience was all in live-action.” Still, that didn’t stop Loechler from making his idea come to fruition. He animated himself and his girlfriend into Disney’s Sleeping Beauty; which was David’s all-time favourite movie, and popped up the question at the local Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts.