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Disney Did Themselves No Favors With The New Maleficent Trailer


Folks were already concerned about Maleficent coming out too sympathetic in the upcoming film of the same name starring Angelina Jolie. After all, she’s one badass witch, and that’s why everyone loves her. The first trailer for the Disney live-action film came off super creepy (although Rebecca dared it to do better). And that was a good thing in my opinion, but now this has happened. And by “this” I mean, DEAR GOD WHAT WERE THEY THINKING? Watch and see what you think. We get some new, interesting, looks at the film but the overall effect is pretty terrible.

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  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    And before anyone says it, yes, we know she’s a fairy. “Witch” was not meant literally here.

  • Anonymous

    I…don’t get it. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition of emphasizing her evilness with the upbeat happy music, but I don’t get what the plot of the movie might be from this trailer. Is she evil or is she “misunderstood”? Can’t tell.

  • http://technicalluddite.com/ Hannele Kormano

    Yeesh, the good fairies look terrible! The Polar Express called for its CGI back?

    Still, love Angelina’s growl at “How wonderful.”

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if there’s ever been a career that disappointed me as much as the career of Angelina Jolie. She’s funny, she’s sexy, she’s smart, she’s talented and yet… There’s never been a better proof that to be an actor in Hollywood, you need to know how to pick your roles as much as you need talent.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. I know she has like eight kids, so it’s understandable, but what the eff?

    Both her and Jennifer Garner’s career’s have disappeared while their husbands have prospered.

  • Anonymous

    Even before Brad Pitt, her career was stuck in the “could be better” territory. How often has she been the best thing of a horrible movie? She had the personality and the skills to have a career similar to what Jennifer Lawrence is having right now (eccentric, can play action films, etc…) but it never came together.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    That read more to me like, “Look! We made Sleeping Beauty into a live action film!” than “Look! We gave the evil queen her own movie!”

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Also, all of you that “enjoy” her evilness, she was trying to kill a baby for being “slighted”. That’s nuts.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, you remember. I love the people’s surprise when I tell them that not only was Maleficient a faery, but her and the other three faeries where SB’s mother’s guardians.

  • Anonymous

    I hope it’s more than a movie about an evil chick, dressed in black, making dramatic faces in the dark forest. That looks awful.

  • Anonymous

    I hope it’s more than a movie about an evil chick, dressed in black, making dramatic faces in the dark forest. That looks awful.

  • Isaac Nolan

    *Sigh* For once I would like my villains not to be turned into “anti-heroes” and to just remain being evil for the sake of being evil. Also, extra long sigh at the fairies, what even happened there?

  • Ryan Colson

    “Disney’s theaters villain… comes to life… as a retconned antihero?…with colors drastically altered from the source material?” -What I wished trailer guy said

  • Ryan Colson

    “Disney’s theaters villain… comes to life… as a retconned antihero?…with colors drastically altered from the source material?” -What I wished trailer guy said

  • Steven McDade

    I think this is gonna be a good movie. The problem that I see is most people are expecting something very dark. This is a return to classic film making from a bye gone era. It feels along the lines of a 50′s film. More in line with Walt’s vision of movie making.

  • Steven McDade

    I think this is gonna be a good movie. The problem that I see is most people are expecting something very dark. This is a return to classic film making from a bye gone era. It feels along the lines of a 50′s film. More in line with Walt’s vision of movie making.

  • Ryan Colson

    Also the pair meeting since Mal and Aurora never met AT ALL post baby..

  • Ryan Colson

    Also the pair meeting since Mal and Aurora never met AT ALL post baby..

  • Ryan Colson

    Her and Carnabog are like the Satan of the Disney world so murdering babies feels right.

  • Ryan Colson

    Her and Carnabog are like the Satan of the Disney world so murdering babies feels right.

  • Anonymous

    Jolie is taking a break from acting so she can direct. I have a feeling that being in front of the camera isn’t as thrilling for her any more.

  • Skol Troll

    It’s not nuts, it’s rooting for good to vanquish evil, not “naive pretty-types reach out to help the misguided and misunderstood.”

  • Skol Troll

    Well, this preview was all sorts of confusing. Is Maleficent a baddie hiding behind goodness, or goodness ending up all baddie, or is this whole thing just gonna be batty?

  • Ashe

    Boring.

    I can’t get over how dull this movie looks. It has the same feel of Oz: The Great And Powerful and Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland: glitzy, monochromatic 3D sheen with none of the captivating color schemes, stylization and perspectives of the original.

    Throwing some special effects interns in front of a greenscreen is not the best method of film production, people. That you kept juxtaposing the original Disney film in-between cuts just hammers that home.

  • Travis

    The fear is that they’re going to give her a bigger, more benevolent, motivation for cursing Aurora.

  • Anonymous

    Just like how Iago plotted to kill Othello and take everyone around him down, including Desdamona, for absolutely no reason. A classically enjoyed evil villain, who is absolutely nuts.

  • Anonymous

    “We don’t own the copyright on Wicked but damned if we’re not going to try jumping on that same boat ten years later. Just forget we did that Oz film, this will turn out MUCH better. We swear.”

  • Anonymous

    This movie was already going to invite comparison because it’s Disney revisiting their own unique character, but this juxtaposing trailer really doesn’t help.

    Hey remember how great the good fairies looked before? Here’s a side-by-side comparison. Hey, remember how unique and stylized the film was before? Here’s a side-by-side comparison. Hey remember how the music from the first film was based on Tchaikovsky’s ballet? Here’s some generic Fantasy Epic Music so that you get a weird dissonance in the opening.

  • Laura Truxillo

    “glitzy, monochromatic 3D sheen with none of the captivating color schemes, stylization and perspectives of the original.”

    Well…yup, that sums up all three better than I could’ve said.

    WHY IS THIS A STYLE?

  • Laura Truxillo

    Oh Iago, best villain of all time, greatest douchenozzel of literature.

  • locuas

    As long as they don’t back down from killing off maleficent, i am willing to give them a chance. but if the movie ends with Maleficent becoming good again or something like that, i will not forgive any of the problems with the film. This is a decision i took after the first trailer, that of seeing if they would do the job of making Maleficent a tragic figure, maybe even a misunderstood person, yet still killing her off as in the original tale. That is all i am asking from this movie. No sugar coating, not trying to give her a happy ending, just kill her off and make the scene from the animated feature into a tragic scene that people can’t ever see again without feeling sorry for maleficent.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Oof. Firstly, what the crap with the Good Fairies? Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather looked like normal older ladies–that was part of their appeal.

    Secondly…yup, looks like Alice and Oz. How do they manage to make something look colorful and drab at the same time? I don’t get it.

    Thirdly…I don’t like her doing that “sweet” voice. C’mon, Maleficent had THE VOICE. The voice that made us cower in fear even as Lady Tremaine. Make her SCARY, dangit, she’s only your villain prime.

  • Anonymous

    I still maintain that, since Universal has the rights, this is Disney’s attempt at a Wicked film… There are just too many parallels and it’s kind of silly.
    Part of my is curious and wants to see the film (I’m mostly indifferent) and this just looks like another example of the crappy marketing Disney’s been doing lately (see: Frozen’s marketing campaign *bleck!*)

  • Ashe

    “Hey, remember that older movie? …Yeah, you should just watch that.”

  • Ashe

    I think it’s an acute Hollywood formula to get people in seats and distract them just past the thirty-minute refund limit. By the time they realize they’re watching crap, it’s too late.

  • Anonymous

    Angelina Jolie looks like she’s having a ball, at least. This looks like another Alice in Wonderland.

  • Anonymous

    I never thought I’d say this…but I’m kind of bored of everyone trying to make villains into sympathetic antiheroes with tragic backstories. Believable, 3-dimensional motivations is one thing, but sometimes it gets way too silly for my tastes.

  • MeatyStakes

    I really don’t know what the trailer is going for, I’m seriously blaming the marketing for not being honest with the tone of the film.

    Cause if Maleficent is indeed going to be portrayed as sympathetic, the whole “there are worse evils out there” seems to me more like a trap than a genuine warning.

    So is the movie about Maleficent’s “woe is me, I just wanna be lurved” or it’s going to be about her yanking Aurora’s chain?

    But of they can’t even give us a semblance of a tone and actual plot I really have little hopes for this.

    Gotta say tho, really digging Jolie’s voice in this.

  • Guymelef

    I’m not expecting Maleficent to be depicted as a tragic villain/antihero in this. Seems to be more of an origin story if anything which may not be too bad a thing. The teaser trailer seemed far better though. The way she delivered those two lines in the teaser (‘I am not afraid’ and ‘Then you’ll be afraid’), coupled with the music was perfect. This trailer makes it seem a little too Disney-ish. Obviously she is a Disney villain but I got the impression from the teaser that they were moving in a slightly different direction.

  • Anonymous

    WHY ISN”T HER SKIN GREEN?

  • SuperFubar

    This looks like a direct-to-dvd movie…or an episode of Once Upon a Time.

  • Kerstin Rosee

    What happened to Philip? He always used to be my fave Disney prince. That guy doesn’t cut it from what’s visible in the trailer.

  • Allison Hoekwater

    This movie had not interested me from the beginning! I am getting more bad vibes from it!

  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    I’m really, really hoping it’s the luring her into a trap bit. I can get behind that.

  • Karina Burana

    I watched the trailer and was seriously underwhelmed. With all the resources they had at hand, and all they got from me was a shrug.
    However, I have apparently to still see it because Sharlto Copley is in this?! And nobody told me?!
    (Oh, the awful movies I’m willing to watch for actors I like…)

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking it’s going to be a nature versus progress thing. Maleficient will be an “evil” faery of nature and the “good” men of civilization have to defeat her.

  • BatiHoney

    I think this trailer is just a simplified, more Disney-ish trailer that they can show during Disney’s movies? Hopefully the movie will be dark and creepy in the Maleficent-way we want (quality but not enough to make the little kids cry? yes?), but I guess this is their way of bringing kids to the theater. That doesn’t mean the trailer’s good, but I get the intention? I do agree the fairies…. although I jumped in my seat from happiness when I saw them, I don’t get why they had to redesign them into generic fairies instead of the old ladies. That makes them look weird next to Maleficent, who is human-sized. I also don’t think Disney would dare to take their most evil villain and make them sympathetic………………… hopefully. I’ll cross my fingers. I’m still excited and I want this movie to come sooner! It’s very CGI-heavy, but if the script’s good, I can overlook that… (I liked Oz and Alice. Idk. Not the best movies ever, but I enjoyed them for what they were)

  • Eve

    And are her cheekbones CG or airbrushed? It’s a little . . . odd. Beautiful, but odd.

  • Eve

    I don’t want Maleficent to be sympathetic. I want her to be the BAMF she was in Sleeping Beauty and Kingdom Hearts I.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with this, I really like the original sleeping beauty because the animation’s so unusual and expressive, and really, it’s just pretty. What can I say, I love art, I’m a sucker for pretty things, especially in the kind of retro storybook style the original sleeping beauty has.

    I do like the styling of the maleficent character, but the most I could say about this new one is that it’s theatrical, in that cheap, one-size-fits-all “ooo look at our new 3D” kind of way. It looks like they took everything good out of it, sucked away all the style and the storybook glamour, it really emphasizes how much worse Disney is now than it used to be.

    At least Avatar made “shiny new 3D” pretty and artistic enough to be worthwhile, despite lacking in the plot department. I wish Disney would at least go in that direction if they just *have* to do this live-action-3D thing.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Seriously, right? I mean, we don’t have to go WWW-green, but at least a nice light greenish cast to her features. It wouldn’t be tricky for a high school theatre make-up artist, so why not here? Green is part of her LOOK.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I’m suddenly having this weird thought that Maleficent’s motivation in this might be something like: Keep Aurora from being sold off in marriage as a political pawn.

    See, now she’s totally sympathetic! Aren’t you happy?

  • Amourah

    I’m kinda more upset I’ve been pronouncing Maleficent wrong my whole life. Ma-*leh*-fe-cent… whaaaat? I thought it was Ma-lih-fah-cent in the movies. Feh.

  • Isaac Nolan

    Not to mention the fact that it’s not just ONE post-baby meeting in this trailer, they meet a minimum of three times which is just ridiculous and gives me no hope for Maleficent’s villainy remaining intact. Don’t even get me started on the line “Aurora, there is an evil in this world and I cannot keep you from it…” That’s because she’s standing right next to it, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE EVIL MALEFICENT! *very long exasperated sigh*

  • Mandy

    Angelina definitely looks to be the best part of this so far. The rest gets a solid meh from me at the moment (except the CGI spiky vines. I am a fan of those. They look just as terrifying as kid me remembered).

    Also, anyone getting some Snow White & the Huntsman vibes from this? Could this maybe be so bad it’s good? The evil Queen alone was worth the admission price and all that lost potential of SW&tH to me. Maybe this will be the same.

  • Vian Lawson

    A friend of mine has come with an all-too-plausible theory that Iago is actually Othello’s id monster. They are always alone when Iago starts whispering, planting doubts, insinuating. No one but Othello sees him …

    I really like it, as a theory, not least because it’s a theme which ties into The Tempest really well … you could see the Bard fiddling about with the idea, returning to it over several plays …

  • Vian Lawson

    A friend of mine has come with an all-too-plausible theory that Iago is actually Othello’s id monster. They are always alone when Iago starts whispering, planting doubts, insinuating. No one but Othello sees him …

    I really like it, as a theory, not least because it’s a theme which ties into The Tempest really well … you could see the Bard fiddling about with the idea, returning to it over several plays …

  • Ashe

    That’s probably the most frustrating thing about Avatar. Visually, they NAILED it: the transition between CGI, motion capture and live-action is nigh seamless. It’s colorful and well-lit and has none of the strangely dim, washed-out and plastic pastiche that’s plaguing some of these recent films.

    Different studios? Less money? Bad directing? Not caring? Lots of questions…

  • Anonymous

    I can’t judge the true awfulness of the trailer as I can’t currently view with sound (though the CGI Fairies… My. God.) But is no-one considering that, rather than creating a movie centred upon their unremorseful, badass and truly evil villain being exactly all those things, Disney are trying to create their own version of ‘Wicked’ here?

  • Erin Macdonald

    She definitely looks like Galadriel gone wrong… what is it with the ears and the “I am not afraid…”?? Definitely reserving judgement…

  • Anonymous

    That’s very sad: I found the first trailer promising even though I’m not really convinced that Angelina is the right choice for that role, but the second one leaves me disappointed because it looks all very artificial and plastic and just like more rubbish in the vein of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Snowwhite and the Huntsman”. The fact that Linda Wolverton who also wrote AiW is the main responsible for the sript here also doesn’t give me too much hope.

    In the moment my entire hope lies in Paul Dini who wrote the first version of the script. Damn, I was hoping for a “dark fantasy” movie somewhere between “Legend” and “Lord of the Rings”. This here looks nothing like that.

    Last DVD I watched: “The secret of the black widow” (Germany 1963 b/w, with Germany’s star of the 60s Karin Dor (“You only live twice”, Hitch’s “Topas”).

  • Anonymous

    Was she ever being called a fairy in the movie itself? I dont’t remember. I do remember that in promo materials she’s often being called – probably for lack of a better word – a “dark fairy” but actually I think she was never categorized in the movie. So actually, i think Maleficent would be best described as the Disney version of a “demon”.

  • athenia45

    I just can’t believe CGI in 2014 is worse than CGI in 1993. :(

  • dontmindme

    Well, there is the argument that she’s a fae who’s from a different fae kingdom from Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather and by not inviting Maleficent to the party, the royals were effectively choosing sides. Which everyone knows you don’t piss off the fae. Honestly, can you imagine the magic-blessing-off that would’ve ensued had Maleficent actually been invited? The fairies would’ve given Aurora more than just beauty, that’s for sure.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    That is my absolutely my favorite sort of argument, the kind that takes the character/story into its account. I completely forgot that she was one of their folk, that they have very specific sets of rules for this sort of gatheration, and that they didn’t bother paying her the respect she (at least, she believes) is entitled to, thus they deserve swift retribution. She’s not a mortal woman and the rules don’t apply in the same way. You’re absolutely right!

  • Sanjay Merchant

    In terms of whether she’ll be a villain, an anti-hero, tragically misunderstood, or what, I can’t tell from the trailer (it seems to go in several directions, and I’m having trouble imaging how they could be reconciled).

    As for the special effects and the art. The weird faerie wood with the whole “‘Come out,’ ‘Then YOU will be afraid’” scene looks kinda good, but the rest looks like Generic 21st Century Fantasy Epic. I almost wish they were just straight up ripping off Sleeping Beauty for art direction. It would at least make the movie visually distinctive. (And putting them side by side in the trailer was definitely a mistake.)

    Probably going to see it anyway, but my reasons for doing so have shifted from excitement to curiosity.

  • Sewassbe

    Trailer went bye-bye. Apparently the “uploader has not made this available” now – maybe because of all the negative reactions?

    So I haven’t seen it, but to be fair, in the original fairytale, Maleficent IS upset that she wasn’t invited to bless the baby. So maybe she’s not supposed to be all bad?

  • Sewassbe

    Okay is this the same trailer? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVAYR-J0gT4

  • Anonymous

    I still think this film is completely unnecessary. It seems like it’s gonna be one of those “this just makes me want to watch the original” kinda deals…

  • https://vimeo.com/super8shooter The Rising

    REMOVED

  • Anonymous

    What annoys me is that the fairies are giving Aurora the gift of beauty and song and all that crap. It always bothered me in the original movie, but that was old-school disney so you could overlook it.

    If they were going to “reimagine” Maleficent couldn’t they do the same for Aurora’s character as well? How about gifts of intelligence and badassery? then maybe she could take up the sword and slay dragon!Maleficent this time. now THAt is a movie I would watch.

  • Sanjay Merchant

    Perhaps I’m misremembering, but I had always thought the green was the lighting, not skin pigment? (All of her magic does seem to involve green glowing effects.)

  • Anonymous

    “No one but Othello sees him…”
    Please go read the text of the play, or watch any adaptation. Who is Emilia married to?

  • Vian Lawson

    Sorry; should have been clearer; no one but Othello sees him WHILE he’s whispering, planting doubts and so forth. Of course, Iago’s hardly going to do it where anyone could contradict him, which is the main hole in the theory.

    Indeed, the business with the handkerchief takes a bit more retconning, and isn’t really supported by the text, but it’s still a cool enough theory to be intrigued by.

  • http://barbershoppedesign.tumblr.com/ Joshua Barber

    So… Maleficent is Aurora’s mother? Okay.