Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What I'm Reading Wednesday: Disney's Maleficent

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A deluxe novelization of the Walt Disney Studios film Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie. This visually dazzling live action film explores the origins of one of the most iconic Disney villains: Maleficent, the infamous fairy who curses Princess Aurora in Disney's animated classic Sleeping Beauty. This 'origin' story is told from Maleficent's perspective, intersecting with the classic in both familiar and unexpected ways. The movie stars Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, and is directed by two-time Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg ( Avatar, Alice in Wonderland). The film co-stars Elle Fanning ( Super 8) as the Princess Aurora, and features Sharlto Copley ( District 9), Imelda Staunton ( Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), and Juno Temple ( Atonement).  Read the book before the movie opens on May 30, 2014!


watch the trailer for the upcoming Disney film HERE


Check out the gallery of photos from the movie HERE


Here is some trivia about Maleficent from the DisneyWiki:




Maleficent was nominated for a place in 'AFI's 50 Greatest Villains list', along with the Queen, Stromboli, Man, Lady Tremaine, Cruella De Vil and Ursula. The Disney Villains to make the final list were the Queen (10), Man (20), and Cruella De Vil (39).
  • The original voice actress for Maleficent also voiced Lady Tremaine from Cinderella.
  • Maleficent is one of the ten villains featured in the tongue-in-cheek Disney's Villains' Lair. Maleficent's section of the book includes the catalogue she chose her costume from, and an invitation to Aurora's christening arriving 17 years late (with a small 'oops!' scrawled in the corner). Maleficent is ranked as the second greatest Disney Villain at the end of the book.
  • The noise Maleficent makes when she strikes her scepter on the floor is the same than when she snaps her jaw as a dragon.
  • The exact same sound effect was used for Tick Tock the Crocodile's biting sound.
  • The scream that Maleficent lets out when Prince Phillip hurls the Sword of Truth into her heart is the same as the Witch's scream when she falls down the cliff from her failed attack on the Dwarves.
  • Since the death of Eleanor Audley, Maleficent's original voice actress, Susan Blakeslee has taken on that role in, the Kingdom Hearts video game franchise and the "Happy Hallowishes" fireworks show held at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party among others. Blakeslee also replaced Audley as the voice for Lady Tremaine in Cinderella. She was voiced by Lois Nettleton in both the TV series House of Mouse and the movie Mickey's House of Villains. In the stage show Fantasmic she is voiced by Linda Gary.
  • After the launch of Maleficent, Maleficent will be the first Disney Villain to have the starring role in a film.
  • Although it's a remake, Maleficent, by far, will be the only Disney Villain to have a movie having her name as a movie title (clearly based upon her).
  • Maleficent was listed #7 in Empire Magazine's The 50 Best Animated Movie Characters. Stating her stroke of genius as "She turns into a frickin' dragon; what more do you need?".
  • The sound of Maleficent's dragon fire was created properly, with the use of a flame-thrower. The sound of the dragon's teeth snapping, however, was recorded using castanets.
  • In the original French story, the wicked fairy had not been invited, because for many years ( in many versions, fifty) she had never left a certain tower and was thought to be dead or enchanted.
  • Unlike most Disney Villains who speak to their respective heroines Maleficent does not have any direct contact with Aurora. (Aside from luring her to the Spindle)
  • Maleficent might be based on a 1939 film The Wizard of Oz's the Wicked Witch of the West, as both have green skin, a black hat and coat, and a stick (Maleficent's staff and the Witch's broom).
  • According to the book Disney Villains: The Secret Files, Maleficent's last name is actually Faery.
  • In Kingdom Hearts 3D, Master Xehanort refers to Maleficent as "The Dark Faerie."
  • She is considered the most popular Disney villain.
  • She is one of the few Disney characters to say the word "hell".
  • Maleficent is Disney's best representation of pure, deliberate, evil acting towards an evil goal without mercy or compromise, all over the perceived insult of being excluded from a celebration.
  • Maleficent is mentioned in a song sung by Miss Nettle from Sofia the First.
  • It is revealed in the upcoming film, Maleficent used to have wings until they were stolen from her. Unlike most fairy wings, which are insect-like, her wings resembled angel wings, albeit with black feathers and a hook on each wing.
  • She is often referenced as both a witch/sorceress, as well as a dark fairy. Both of these are different types of supernatural beings. It is possible she is a mixed hybrid of both species, especially since her wings are not present in her most common form. However, these phrases may be labels rather than true to what she is, as she once had wings herself.
  • Maleficent's defeat was the most gory of the Disney Villains' defeats during Walt Disney's lifetime; when Dragon Maleficent was stabbed in the heart by Prince Phillip, blood was clearly visible.

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