Maleficent at the core of Disney’s reinvention

Maleficent, Disney’s reinvention of the 1959 animated Sleeping Beauty, has taken cinemas by storm with outstanding success.

With a nod to the success of Wicked, Disney’s Maleficent sends the magical villain to the forefront of the film. Angelina Jolie gives a spellbinding performance as Maleficent, cursing the royal daughter Aurora with the prick of a spinning needle.

From here, the 2014 live-action version, takes the tale in its own direction, with Maleficent caring for the child. This lavish exploration of a classic fairytale is by no means the only spell to be cast by Disney…

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