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Thursday, 21 November 2013

One Kick Arse Evil Lady

Dear friends,

One of the great pleasures i had - since my early childhood - was wacthing movies and reading books. Even better whenI could combine the two and watch for example a Disney movie :)
I loved watching Snow White, Cinderella, Belle (who is my all time fav Disney Priness!), Ariel, Pocahontas and later on Mulan and Rapunzel and Tiana :) But today I will speak of Aurora... now I dont know how many of you know Sleeping Beauty's name but it is Aurora ;) And as you know Aurora's Evil Godmother that was not invited to her birthday was Maleficent!
"You poor, simple fools! You think you can defeat me?! ME, the mistress of all evil!?"
—Maleficent
Now Maleficent is one kick arse lady IMHO ;) And when I found out that Disney is producing a movie named "Maleficent" I could not help jumping up and down the place. Hey! That is my childhood stories we speak of + everyone loves a good old Disney movie, let's be honest! The movie will be released next year so we still have a while to go, but no worries we can feast on the trailer that came up this month ;)
Here is the short explaining from IMDB (my fav site when it comes to searching for info for movies and actors):
The "Sleeping Beauty" tale is told from the perspective of the villainous Maleficent and looks at the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse young Princess Aurora.
 Cast : 
Angelina Jolie     Angelina Jolie     ...     Maleficent
Juno Temple     Juno Temple     ...     Thistletwit
Elle Fanning     Elle Fanning     ...     Princess Aurora
Sharlto Copley     Sharlto Copley     ...     Stefan
Brenton Thwaites     Brenton Thwaites     ...     Prince Phillip
Ella Purnell     Ella Purnell     ...     Teen Maleficent
Imelda Staunton     Imelda Staunton     ...     Knotgrass
Sam Riley     Sam Riley     ...     Diaval
Hannah New     Hannah New     ...     Leila
Jamie Sives     Jamie Sives     ...     Shepherd
Lesley Manville     Lesley Manville     ...     Flittle
Kenneth Cranham     Kenneth Cranham     ...     King Henry
Jo Osmond     Jo Osmond     ...     Blue Suit Performer
Marama Corlett     Marama Corlett     ...     Servant
Steven Cree     Steven Cree     ...     Overseer
Vivienne Jolie-Pitt     Vivienne Jolie-Pitt     ...     Toddler Princess Aurora
Isobelle Molloy     Isobelle Molloy     ...     Young Maleficent
Yes my dear friends, you read that right! The daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will be playing in this movie as well, along with her mother ;) She is the fraternal twin of brother Knox Leon. Sister of Shiloh, Maddox, Pax and Zahara.
Now there is one thing that is bothering me about the trailer... And that is Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora... Now I know that Elle is 15 years old and much closer to the age that the Princess should have (Aurora got pricked on her finger when she turned 16 ;) Trivia!) but she just feels somehow odd there... her accent, her much too young face... I am used to the Disney Aurora - young yet very feminine... especially in the scene with Prince Filip in the woods... Just have a look below:
Tell me Elle inspires you the faith that she could fit in these scenes... But nevermind that! This movie will be centered around Maleficent :) And from what I see in the trailer Angelina Jolie does an awesome job - even her face lines resemble the ones the Maleficent drawn by the Disney fellows :) So I - for one! - am very pleased of the choice for the main character of the movie! ;) Heck! Maleficent is kick arse any way you put it! Aurora needs her 3 fairy godmothers to combine their wisdom and forces in order to undo her work - Flora, Fauna and Merryweather are adorable but cannot match with Maleficents greatness! (now I am not taking sides with the evil lady but I am just saying she is the best evil character from the Disney movies IMHO). But nicely enough she is also the first evil character that has a genuine care for her pet - the raven, Diablo :) I loved the fact that she was based on a good character but betrayal hardened her heart, transforming her into what she is now. Maleficent was created as one of the most powerful overall characters of Disney and her power resides in her magical skills - hey! she's a magical fairy :)

 Furthermore, here is some trivia on this kick arse lady:
  • 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 actor for Maleficent also voice 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 was already used from 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.
  • The Nostalgia Critic listed Maleficent as Number 2 on his "Top 11 Disney Villians" list while his female counterpart, The Nostalgia Chick, listed her as Number 1 on her "Top 11 Nostalgic Villainesses" list.
  • After the launch of Maleficent, Maleficent will be the first Disney Villain to have the starring role in a film.
  • 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 will soon be in the Disney Villains Designer Collection.
  • 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" and the only Disney villain to do so (Hades doesn't count even though he is Lord of the Underworld).
  • Maleficent is Disney's best representation of pure, deliberate, evil acting towards an evil goal without mercy or compromise, all over the percieved insult of being excluded from a celebration.
  • Maleficent is mentioned in a song sung by Miss Nettle from Sofia the First.
  • The character Airachnid from the CG TV series Transformers:Prime shares many similarities with Maleficent. In their overall color scheme, their facial features, as well as their dark personalities.
These were taken from the awesome Disney Wiki ;) Have a look there, it rocks!!!

P.S. I took the liberty to bold and italic the trivia that I found interesting and fitting ;)
P.S.S. Guess who did the first sketch? ;)))

Yours truly,
The LadyBug that can hardly wait to see this movie :)