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The Power of Understatement in 1950 Disney Cinderella - The Stepmother

“The slightly befuddled benevolence of the Fairy Godmother offers a striking contrast with the icy, calculating stepmother.  The new generation of animators praises the character as one of Disney’s most frightening villains.   661 more words

A Wish Your Heart Makes Charles Solomon

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

After being snubbed by the royal family, a malevolent fairy places a curse on a princess which only a prince can break, along with the help of three good fairies.


Maleficent Before She Was Good


Then & Now

With Angelina Jolie’s over-the-top performance in a live action Disney fairy tale, we chose to go back to the roots of Maleficent in the original… 267 more words

Politics & Society

Without All the Powers of Hell

Maleficent is based on the classic Disney animated feature Sleeping Beauty. The new film gives a new view point on Disney’s scariest villain. But in the process, the movie completely changes the character and the ending of a vintage tale. 418 more words

Movie Review

Maleficent 2014: Wicked is as Wicked Does

One of the first movies I reviewed on this website was Tim Burton’s live-action re-make of Alice in Wonderland, more or less the first in a lengthening line of live-action re-makes of Disney’s animated classics.   1,013 more words


Disney's Sleeping Beauty

"Once Upon a Dream..."

One of the most unique things, to me, about Disney’s princess canon, Sleeping Beauty (1959), is that it’s really not about Princess Aurora at all. 1,336 more words

Fairy Tales

An appreciation of Maleficent and Eleanor Audley

With Disney releasing, in May, the live-action film, Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie in the title role, I thought it would be refreshing to revisit the classic villainess in her original incarnation from the 1959… 668 more words

Fairy Tales