The Disney Villain in the Flesh

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Disney, who prides itself for bringing “magic” and “happiness” to the world, is also one the best creators of badness. Nobody does villains like Disney. What kid hasn’t been terrified by at least one Disney cartoon? Some parents shy away from Disney animation for that very reason. For every Snow White, there is an Evil Queen lurking in the distance.  However, the very reason we root for Peter Pan is because of Captain Hook. We need the bad guys.

Next month, Disney will release the much anticipated film, Maleficent, the latest Disney project bringing a cartoon villain to “real” life. We’ve seen this before with the live action versions of 101 Dalmatians and Alice in Wonderland, but there are more to come. Here is a tribute to the past, current and future projects comparing the original 2D characters to the new human counterparts.

The original
Angeline Jolie
A re-telling of the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty told from Maleficent’s point of view will be unleashed in theaters on May 30th of this year. The movie actually features three actresses playing the roles of the two main characters. Angelina Jolie of course plays the adult version of Maleficent with Isobelle Molloy as a child version and Elle Purnell as a teen. Princess Aurora is played by Elle Fanning while a younger version of the character is played by Jolie’s own daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt. Esther Hodnett plays the infant Aurora.

Aurora’s love interest, Prince Phillip, is portrayed by Brenton Thwaites. The three “good” fairies are played by Juno Temple as Thistletwit (Fauna), Imelda Staunton as Knotgrass (Merryweather) and Lesley Manville as Flittle (Flora). In addition, the film will feature the song, “Once Upon a Dream” from the original as the new movie’s theme song. It will be sung by Lana Del Rey.

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