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Maleficent Poster


Director: Robert Stromberg
Writers: Linda Woolverton (written by), Charles Perrault (based from the story “La Belle au Bois Dormant” by), Jacob Grimm (based from the story “Little Briar Rose” by), Wilhelm Grimm (based from the story “Little Briar Rose” by), Erdman Penner (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, story adaptation by), Joe Rinaldi (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by), Winston Hibler (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by), Bill Peet (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by), Ted Sears (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by), Ralph Wright (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by), Milt Banta (based from the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty”, screenplay by)
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley
Release Date: May 30, 2014
Runtime: 1 hrs. 37 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG

This is not your mother’s fairy tale. Maleficent is Disney’s attempt to go live action with the story they first showed in 1959’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty, itself an adaptation of Charles Perrault’s La Belle au Bois Dormant, which, one step further, was an adaptation of the tale as collected by the Brothers Grimm – which means it was an adaptation of a story transmitted orally. You’d think that an adaptation of an adaptation of an adaptation of an adaptation (just take a look at all those writing credits above!) might get a little diluted; but, with a message that drastically moves away from the typical Disney paradigm, and a powerful performance from Angelina Jolie, there is nothing diluted about it.

<<Spoiler Alert: There will be minor spoilers regarding thematic elements of Maleficent – bear this in mind before clicking through.>>
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Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Writers: Hans Christian Andersen, Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, Shane Morris
Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathon Groff, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk
Release Date: November 27th, 2013
Runtime: 1 hr. 42 mins.
MPAA Rating: PG

Walt Disney Studios’ winter 2013 release Frozen is the latest in a string of animated films the studio has put out over the last several years (other titles include Brave, Tangled, and Wreck-it Ralph). This time around, they rely on the tried and true Disney formula of basing the story on a beloved fairy-tale, in this case Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” As usual, Disney plays with the story enough to make it their own, and adds in some music and dance numbers for good measure. How does this particular interpretation hold up?
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