‘Maleficent’ Final Trailer Reintroduces the Classic Fairytale

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Maleficent is the latest re-imagining of a classic fairytale for the modern era, following on the heels of films like Alice In Wonderland (2010), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) and to lesser extent, Jack the Giant Slayer (2013). In this case, it is the tale of Sleeping Beauty that is being re-examined, as Disney will do for that story’s antagonist what Wicked (and to lesser extent, OtGaP) did for the bad girl of Wizard of Oz: namely, try to paint her in a fairer light of complexity and perhaps even sympathy.

Previous Maleficent trailers offer more story than what this “Final Trailer” provides; here, the goal is obviously to connect the classic Sleeping Beauty tale with what this new version is selling, That’s not entirely unwise; Maleficent is not the most well-known or readily-recognized evildoer in Disney canon, and to the casual onlooker, this could all look like an Angelina Jolie fantasy flick. Of course, with its clever pop-up book animations, we’re pretty sure this latest trailer effectively spells out the necessary connections for those who are still unaware.

Maleficent Final Trailer Maleficent Final Trailer Reintroduces the Classic Fairytale

Angelina Jolie is Maleficent

As we’ve managed to surmise from the many domestic and international trailers for the film, Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) curses King Stefan’s (Sharlto Copley) newborn daughter Aurora – just like the classic tale – only this time we get to see more of Aurora’s early years leading to her doomed sixteenth birthday. In that time period (presumably seen from Maleficent’s perspective), we’ll come to know more about the dark fairy and how she lost her wings – a story that potentially comes around to explain her vengeance against King Stefan and the curse on Aurora that is ultimately Maleficent’s undoing (as seen in Sleeping Beauty).

These fairy tale re-imaginings have yet to really crack the mold and wow us with something extraordinary (Oz the Great and Powerful has been the most successful so far), but with Jolie leading a talented cast, along with some impressive visual effects, Maleficent could be something worth seeing.

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Maleficent opens in U.S. theaters on May 30th, 2014.

Source: Disney

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  1. OH GOD not a fan of the voiceover, other than that, I’m excited to see this. Angelina Jolie is playing what Hollywood thinks of her anyway so this is perfect for her.

    • That voiceover won’t be in the movie, so no worries.

      • I understand it’s “movie guy” voiceover and it won’t be in the movie. Not trying to sound like a d*** at all but thanks for pointing out the obvious…. that does sound kinda jerky huh? Hopefully you know how I mean that haha

        • I agree – that voiceover is terrible

  2. I disagree I thought Maleficent is one of the most recognized ones… maybe?

  3. I also disagree that Maleficent is not-well or ready known. While I was honeymooning in Walt Disney World; there’s a huge statue of Maleficent in the ‘Disney Villains Store.’ This was back in 2006, so she is well known just like Snow White’s ‘Wicked Queen.’. Also everyone knows of her transforming into a dragon, I believe this is why she is so famously popular.

  4. Pretty sure SR told me to f-off about this not having any tie-ins to the Disney story. LMAO. Now this article. LMAO.

  5. Ummm, isn’t she supposed to be green?

    • I think most typical witches were green back then. Not surprise they changed the color.

  6. MORE routine witch worship from DEBASEMNET op, culturally bankrupt, ‘HOLLY—-WOOD’.

    STEP AROUND!

    STEP AROUND!

    • What? lol

  7. As much as I am looking forward to this movie putting animation in the trailer looks terribly cheap. Something I would expect a first year art student to do. Very surprised Disney let that happen.

  8. Besides the 2nd or 3rd teaser/trailer that showed the FIRST footage of her flying and battles, the marketing for this film has been very bad. Here’s what’s been bad about it. Every single trailer has been on average about a minute and half when a normal trailer is about 2 and half minutes long. Every teaser/trailer keeps showing the SAME “Come out… Then you’ll be afraid” clip. Why don’t they show something new. This ‘final (60 seconds) trailer’ shows nothing new. The trailers are just a few clips thrown together with a voice over. Com on Disney, why don’t you make a REAL trailer that tells what this movie is about and stop holding back. If you have a good movie then show it. Stop holding back. Look at the X-Men and (new) Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailers. Those are perfect examples of great marketing and great trailers. I honestly think Disney has a stinker on their hands.

  9. I like Angelina Jolie and it’s cool to have a movie finally focusing on the villian of a fairytale insteacd of the sweet, innocent, sugary princess. BUT…Angelina Jolie doesn’t look evil enough. She kinda looks too nice for it. Some parts of the trailer clip, she was smiling… instead of looking evil. She needed to smile less.

  10. so… does maleficent transform into a dragon or not? Or is it just her raven that does?

    • Yes, they both do.

      • I’m guessing we haven’t seen Maleficent’s dragon form in any of the trailers and just the raven’s, unless I’m missing something.

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