The Mistress of All Evil has wings!
Disney's most sinister villain has been fitted for flight, it was revealed on Twitter on Monday.
In a new, 30-second "Maleficent" teaser — with accompanying Twitter messages from the villainess herself — we learn Maleficent's tragic backstory. And it better explains her sinister-ness:
— Maleficent (@Maleficent) March 17, 2014
Her early days as a winged fairy are showcased in the teaser video (above), which also serves as the warm-up to Tuesday's reveal of a new, full-length "Maleficent" trailer.
Yes, remember, Maleficent is a fairy, not a witch or 'evil queen.' In "Sleeping Beauty" (1959), Maleficent is offended that she wasn't invited to the christening of King Stefan's daughter "like the other fairies," Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. In this new teaser, she is asked why she doesn't fly "like all the other fairies."
Maleficent explains that she had wings once, but "they were taken from me," a theft that no doubt fueled the wicked lady's bitterness.
Maleficent reminisces that her wings were "strong," demonstrated by their ability to knock over a small army with one mighty flap. Indeed, she does resemble a giant vampire bat (the main inspiration for her design in "Sleeping Beauty," even though she never spreads wings in her 'human' form in that film), complete with her curved horns that look much more organic than the headdress worn by her animated counterpart.
Jolie herself had a blast filming the flying scenes (who wouldn't?), saying she felt like "the luckiest girl in the world" in a recent interview with USA Today. The process is something of a convoluted one; Maleficent actually needs an entire behind-the-scenes crew to take flight.
"You're almost like a puppet with all these people moving (beneath you)," said Jolie. "When you go to the left or the right all of you have to move together. It's a big dance with a lot of people."
Will the winged Maleficent foreshadow a form she'll be taking later in the film: the giant purple-and-black dragon that made for the stuff of nightmares in "Sleeping Beauty"? That remains to be seen (or heard of).
While Maleficent in 'default mode' was based on a vampire bat, her dragon form in the animated film was inspired by a rattlesnake, with animator Eric Cleworth giving it "powerful muscles moving a bulky body over the rocky terrain."
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"Maleficent" opens May 30.