New ‘Maleficent’ Trailer Features Lana Del Rey’s ‘Once Upon a Dream’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 21st, 2014 at 10:18 pm,

Walt Disney Pictures took advantage of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards to debut a 90-second preview for Maleficent, featuring previously-unreleased footage and vocalist Lana Del Rey’s achingly somber rendition of the classic animated Sleeping Beauty tune “Once Upon a Dream,” which shall be featured in the end credits of the Mouse House’s upcoming live-action revisionist take on the Grimm fairy tale.

The Maleficent footage in the “Dream” trailer recalls the swords and sorcery featured in Snow White and the Huntsman, yet its ethereal color tones and texture bear a strong resemblance to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (minus the gloom of Burton’s vision) compared to either the morbid Snow White re-imagining or the lighter style of Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Slayer.

That’s appropriate, seeing how the Angelina Jolie vehicle was directed by FX/visual design guru Robert Stromberg, who secured an Oscar for his work on the Lewis Caroll re-imagining. If you recall, it was Burton’s Alice in Wonderland that kicked off Disney’s craze of reimagining intellectual properties to which it owns the screen rights and/or previously adapted into cartoon form; ergo, the iconic villain from the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale is getting her own sympathetic backstory (a.k.a. the Wicked treatment).

Maleficent Dream Trailer 2014 New Maleficent Trailer Features Lana Del Reys Once Upon a Dream

Maleficent was scripted by Alice in Wonderland screenwriter Linda Woolverton, but her narrative and themes for the re-examination of Sleeping Beauty may come through more coherently than they did on Burton’s Alice. Beyond that, it’s probably best to expect that this film will overall be the same competent (if unremarkable) storytelling as recent Disney live-action offerings, like Oz the Great and Powerful (ignoring rare gems like Saving Mr. Banks).

There are other IPs either owned or closely associated with the company scheduled to be released by Disney over the next few years, including the live-action Cinderella by director Kenneth Branagh (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and The Jungle Book from Jon Favreau (Iron Man 1 & 2) in 2015, a year before James Bobin (Muppets Most Wanted) takes over for Burton on the Alice in Wonderland sequel, currently titled Through the Looking Glass.

Question is, will all of these products feel equally homogenized – coming from the Mouse House’s assembly line – and, if so, will general audiences mind? After all, a fair number of people enjoyed Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful, so you can’t really fault Disney for giving moviegoers more of what they (seemingly) want, from a business perspective anyway.


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

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  1. I don’t know, I really enjoyed the trailer and found it to have ‘remarkable’ possibilities. Can’t wait for May.

    • It sounds like you do know. (^-^)

  2. I agree, I feel as if this is a bittermuch pre-damnation review. Angelina Jolie absolutely lights up that review and sizzles and smolders and And the Lana Del Rey song sounds cool.

  3. Well, that was awesome! I am so ready for this.

  4. Lana Del Rey…..not a fan.

  5. Looks really good for a Disney film, which I can’t really take seriously, when it comes on to their films, just too tame for me, with the exception of this trailer, looking forward to see this. A. Jolie- +1

  6. so….is she still the bad ass villain we all know…or not?

    • Absolutely… the one and only really good at heart, bad ass.

  7. I believed that this version, Aurora’s finger will be cut by Jolie’s Cheekbones..

    • Second or third time I’ve seen this joke on a Maleficent article.

      For Shame!!!

  8. Jesus dem cheekbones

  9. She’s still’s so stunning! I’m glad they exaggerated the cheekbones rather than extended the chin.

  10. This is going to be great.

  11. I’m very excited about this movie, or this could turn into a horrible Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Maleficent is my all time favorite Disney Villain, and I’m so far impressed by Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of her. I loved Oz: The Great and Powerful, so I still have high hopes for this movie; plus Lana Del Ray’s haunting voice won me over with ” Once upon a dream” in this new trailer.

  12. Angelina acted the hell out of that part, it appears. She was born for this role. I’m not her biggest fan, but I’m impressed.
    Lana Del Rey’s song was perfect.
    With that said, this looks like Huntsman 2.0, which is not good.

  13. Lana Del Rey is simply and utterly the s***, also totally going to go see this.

  14. excited for the tree vs. army battle.

  15. If this movie turns out to be good (which I hope it does) Disney would have the possibility to turn most of the hated (and beloved) villains into full feature length films. On the top of my head I can think of: Captain Hook, Snow White’s evil Queen and it is even possible to make a movie based on Cinderella’s step mother. The only downfall to this is that the Once Upon a time TV show is doing the same thing. If the show is ignored though they should do a Rumplestiltskin movie.

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  17. Both Angelina and Lana Del rey have done a fantastic job! This movie should be a huge hit! *fingers crossed*