Disney’s Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie is set to hit theatres this Summer on May 30. The film is a retelling of the classic 1959 tale, Sleeping Beauty and also stars Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora and Brenton Thwaites as Prince Phillip. A teaser trailer was released a few months ago and featured astonishing sets reminiscent of magical kingdoms and epic medieval tales. Check out the teaser below –
Some great visuals building the medieval and enchanted world.
And some great make up and costuming brings alive the villain from our childhood nightmares!
A sneak peek trailer was also shown on the Disney channel recently and features more scenes, including comparative scenes from the 1959 animated version. Check the new trailer below –
The trailer starts off with a comparison of the animated version and the live version.
Yay! Flora, Fauna and Merryweather … our favourite faires!
They definitely look cute, but the special effect also kind of looks unfinished …
Look who decided to crash the party …
In a scene reminiscent with the animated version … Maleficent puts a curse on the young princess.
Leaving King Stefan worried for the safety of his daughter!
We all know what happens next … the Princess grows up …
She dances in the forest with the woodland creatures …
Meets and falls in love with the Prince …
Pricks her finger on the needle …
and falls into a deep slumber …
Awakening only after Phillip defeats Maleficent and kisses her.
However, as always, there seems to be a twist, judging from these scenes where Maleficent and Aurora seem to cross paths.
And Maleficent takes the time to warn (or perhaps scare) Aurora about the dangers lurking in the forest.
Sure, Maleficent will still be evil and raise thorns …
And there will be epic battles (although I don’t remember any in the animated version – at least not on this scale)
But this time, we will see her back story and try to understand the reasons behind Maleficent’s nature.
The film stars Angelina Jolie and her cheekbones!
And is out on May 30, 2014.
Indeed, the film is a different take on the fairy tale. The synopsis of the film reads as below –
A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom—and perhaps to Maleficent’s true happiness as well.
The film is directed by Robert Stromberg, who is known for his visual effects, but this is his first time in the director’s chair.
Are you excited for Maleficent?
This holiday season, the makers of Tangled and Wreck-it-Ralph, i.e. Walt Disney Animation Studios bring you a story unlike many other fairy tales that have been told before. Frozen is a heart-warming (despite the sub-zero weather depicted in the film) tale of two sisters and the adventures one of them goes through in order to bring back the other.
We did a post when the trailer for the film was released and included our reactions and stills from the film. The dialogues and interactions depicted in the trailer became widely popular even before the film was released and they will definitely be repeated long after the film has arrived on your DVD stores.
So why should you go watch a film about cold weather when it is already winter, you ask? Well, we give you five reasons why you should use this film to kick-off your 2013-14 holiday season!
1. A very different take on fairy tales!
Frozen has been adapted from Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen and as fairy tales usually to go, there is always a princess, a handsome prince and an evil queen/witch/sorceress out for vengeance. In the film however, there is no evil queen/witch/sorceress, instead it is the Crown Princess Elsa who is born with the gift of wielding ice magic. When Elsa loses control of her powers and runs away, her sister, Princess Anna joins forces with an ice trader and his reindeer to bring her back and restore Summer to the frozen city of Arrendale. Oh and there is also a handsome Prince involved.
Without spoiling the ending, I can say that the story highlights the importance of siblings and sisterhood, and the friendship the two share will make you want to pick up the phone and call that sibling (or BFF) and talk to them for hours. It is done in a very clever way and is a refreshing take on fairy tales of ages past.
2. The writing, the dialogues and the beautiful songs!
As mentioned above, the dialogues in this film are hilarious and the songs are beautiful and memorable. Musicals can get a bit tiresome, with song after song playing throughout the film, but in this case, as in most Disney animated films, the songs work and have been beautifully sung by the ensemble cast that consist of Hollywood and Broadway stars.
3. Olaf and the rest of the characters!
Olaf the snowman is the cutest thing EVER!!! His dreams mostly consist of wanting to experience the Sun and the Summer season, lie on a beach and swim in the sea, not realizing that he would melt and become a puddle of water. When he does start melting at one point in the film, Anna points it out to him and he simply replies saying “Some people are worth melting for.”
The characters in the film feel real and are relatable, be it awkward and hilarious Anna, quiet and reserved and wanting to be free, Queen Elsa and the charming and aloof Kristoff and his cute reindeer.
The supporting characters are well rounded off with the funny Duke of
Weaseltown Weselton, the handsome Prince Hans, the lovable shop owner Oaken and the cute and adorable trolls – no, not the Internet kind!
It can definitely be said that the actors lending their voices to these characters have done a great job in bringing them alive.
4. The Animation – it is a Disney film after all!
This is a Disney animated film, and like all other Disney animated films, the animation is spectacular, especially in 3D. The beautiful landscape and city of Arrendale was recreated after the crew members visited Canada to study the reflection of snow and ice, Norway to study the landscape and architecture as well as being inspired by the winter season in Wyoming, United States. And it all shows! From the aurora borealis in the night sky to the blizzard ravaging the city to the exquisite ice castle, the visuals are a delight in the film!
5. Because it is the perfect way to kick-start the Holiday season!
Even though the film was in 3D, I sure did feel a sudden chill in the cinema as I watched Frozen. It gives you the feels as though you are there and with the Winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and holiday season upon us, it is the perfect feel good film to watch with your family and get into the spirit of December. After all, ’tis the season to be jolly, so sit back, relax and let the magic take over!
The official trailer for Frozen has arrived and it is EPIC-ally cute!
Frozen is an animated comedy from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the makers of Tangled and so many more awesome films and is loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale The Snow Queen. The film stars the voices of Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) as lead heroine Anna; Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory and the original British comedy Death at a Funeral) as the Duke of Weselton; Jonathan Groff (Glee) as mountain man Kristoff, Josh Gad (21 and Jobs) as Olaf the snowman and Idina Menzel (Enchanted and Glee) as Elsa, the Snow Queen and Anna’s elder sister.
The synopsis on IMDB reads as follows,
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
Check out these cute moments from the trailer!
Anna [shivering]: “Cold, cold, cold, cold, cold, cold, cold, cold.”
Kristoff: “You wanna talk about a problem? I sell ice for a living.”
Anna: “Oooh, that’s a rough business to be in now.” [laughs] “Uhm … I mean … that is really unfortunate.”
The Duke: “My lady.” [The boat tips over and the Duke saves her and the two are in an embrace]
The Duke: “Woah … woah.”
Anna: “This is awkward, not you’re awkward, but just cos .. we’re … I’m awkward, you’re gorgeous. Wait, what?”
Kristoff: “Hang on!”
Anna: “I like fast!” [puts her feet up and relaxes]
Kristoff: “Oh woah, woah, woah, woah, get your feet down. This is fresh lacquer, seriously, where you born in a barn?”
[Kristoff spits to clean the lacquer]
[Anna gets hit by an evil snow man] Anna: “It is not nice to throw snow, people!”
Kristoff: “Hey, hey, slow down feisty pants, just let the snow man be!”
Anna: “I’m calm, I’m calm.” [turns around, and then turns back and throws a snow ball]
Kristoff: “Oh, come on!”
Anna: “Olaf, you’re melting.”
Olaf: “Some people are worth melting for.”
[can we get an awwwwwww]
Olaf: “I can’t feel my legs, I can’t feel my legs … “
Kristoff: “Those are my legs.”
[Olaf’s base rolls over] Olaf: “Ay, do me a favour, grab my butt.”
[Kristoff reattaches Olaf] Olaf: “Oh, that feels much better.”
Frozen is directed by Chris Buck (Tarzan, Surf’s Up) and Jennifer Lee, who wrote the screenplay for Wreck-It-Ralph, and shares writing credits for Frozen with Shane Morris. Frozen is out in theatres on December 6, 2013.