Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Day 1812 - Maleficent #DFFMaleficent

Interesting fact: The name Maleficent is a derivative of the Latin word maleficentia which means "evil doing".


It certainly looks "evil doing"! 

Who's seen Maleficent?  I personally haven't seen it yet, but it looks downright bloody scary! Disney has a habit of creating flicks that challenge all the senses.  Whether they be the big movie productions or the animated versions, there's usually something in there that brings out the evil in the world before it turns it back into a world of magic and wonder.



My kids have seen the movie and my daughter in particular has listed it as her favourite movie of the year. It's no surprise then that she's pretty keen to get the DVD version when it's released in two weeks.

So what's the movie all about?  Well I don't bloody know as I haven't see it yet. But I do have the press release!

Like any good Disney movie it involves a failed love affair, revenge and female empowerment.  Maleficent is a strong and powerful fairy who falls in love with a human peasant boy called Stefan.  Stefan leaves Maleficent for the throne which leads to a bitter and long lasting feud between the two who now rule the human and fairy realms as sworn enemies.  Maleficent seeks revenge on King Stefan by cursing his newborn child Aurora. She falls into a forever sleep and becomes the character we all know fondly as Sleeping Beauty.  It's not all wicked treachery though as the movie then follows Maleficent as she rediscovers her ability to love and we enter a heartwarming world of family and friendship. She realises that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom and to Maleficent's true happiness as well.

Awwww - sounds like fun!  I seriously want to see it.


Here are some interesting facts about the 2014 movie Maleficent:


  1. We first saw the character Maleficent onscreen in Disney's 1959 adaptation of the Sleeping Beauty  fairytale. That original character was voiced by Eleanor Audley who also voiced the Evil Stepmother in Cinderella and Madame Leota at Disneyland's Haunted Mansion attraction. When recording her lines for the animation of Sleeping Beauty she actually acted out her scenes in costume which ended up being the inspiration for the final design for her character.  
  2. Maleficent's costume was designed to have a bat like look about it with the horns of the devil.  Angelina wore many versions of those horns during filming. One set was so heavy it could have broken her neck.  The horns were actually made by artisans who specialise in fetishware. 
  3. When Disney first cast Angelina for the role they hoped they could utilise her beauty to help market the film. Angie wouldn't have a bar of that though and insisted on working closely with costume and make-up designers to create Maleficent's menacing look.  She wanted to ensure she captured the scary look of the original animated incarnation. 
  4. Lady Gaga's look in her music video for "Born This Way" inspired the prosthetic cheekbones Angie wore for the film. 
  5. Angelina did all her stunts herself in the movie using harnesses for her flight and battle scenes
  6. Angelina's own daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, played the young Princess Aurora in the movie and two of their other kids (Pax and Zahara) made cameo appearances in the christening scene. They play "young royalty". 
  7. It is reported that Anglina hand picked Lana Del Rey to sing "Once upon a dream" for the movie. 
  8. The movie was directed by Robert Stromberg who was actually making his directional debut! Wow.  This production was the largest budget ever for a first time director beating TRON: Legacy which is another Disney film which came out in 2010.
  9. Maleficent was released on the big screen on 30 May 2014 which was the 55th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty which came out on 30 May 1959.
  10.  Angelina snaffled a pair of horns from the movie and now has them at home as a keepsake.

And the MOST interesting fact about Maleficent is:



In celebration of the 8 October release on DVD and Blu-Ray, Disney is partnering with Deep Fried Fruit to allow THREE of my readers to be some of the FIRST IN AUSTRALIA to get their hands on a copy.  




How can you win?

Easy.

Just tell me what your scariest Disney movie is.

You can enter via blog comment, Deep Fried Facebook, Deep Fried Twitter #DFFMaleficent, Instagram @DeepFriedFruit #DFFMaleficent, email or text.

The competition is open to Aussie residents only and will close on Tuesday 30 September at midnight.

Please leave enough details so that I can track you down.

Good luck!




11 comments :

  1. Cruella in 101 Dalmations petrifies me!

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  2. Definetly Ursula from Little Mermaid. My fundamentalist christian dad didn't even want us to watch because of her and her evil.

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  3. Pinocchio is such a scary movie! It is full of nasty adults that just want to mistreat Pinocchio for their own ends. The scene where the boys turn into donkeys and are herded away is downright terrifying!
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  5. Has to be "Snow White and the Seven Dwarf".

    When Snow White sings, & hits some of those terrifyingly high notes, I'm positive she has done herself a mischief.

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  6. Dumbo. The other elephants are so nasty to him and then his only ally, his mum is taken away. It's a lot for a little elephant to take on.

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  7. I thought there were some pretty scary moments in the Lion King. I'd love to win this - it's one movie I missed at the cinema and have been kicking myself ever since!

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  8. Those cheek bones are definitely something! I'd love to see this movie. My little girl is terrified of Ursula from the Little Mermaid. We have to skip that part of the movie.

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  9. The Little Mermaid was my favourite movie of all time as a child, but I was always super scared of Ursula and her freaky eels.

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  10. I saw this one at the movies because I knew it would be beautiful on the big screen.
    Angelina does know how to play a good villain!

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  11. Ursella from the little mermaid always freaked out each one of my children shes a scary character

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