As we announced yesterday, Disney Interactive today released ‘Maleficent Free Fall’ for Apple iOS and Android devices (now available through the App Store and Google Play respectively), the follow-up to its highly successful (and addictive) ‘Frozen Free Fall.’ So how does the new game stack up versus its predecessor? After about an hour and several levels of play, here’s my take:
Walt Disney Studios has just released a new featurette for Maleficent (May 30, 2014) titled ‘Light vs Dark’ which features Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and director Robert Stromberg talking about the focus of the film. The featurette also features a little bit of new footage. You can find the featurette embedded below.
Walt Disney Studios has released a new clip from Maleficent (May 30, 2014), titled ‘Queen of the Moors.’ The clip, which can be found embedded below, shows how the Moors have been changed since Maleficent became the de facto leader, ensuring that all potential contact with the human world be cut off by creating the wall of thorns.
Walt Disney Studios has released a new clip from Maleficent (May 30, 2014), titled ‘Finger Prick.’ The clip, which can be found embedded below, helps explain how Aurora is able to prick herself on a spinning wheel despite King Stefan’s mandate to have them all destroyed. Meanwhile, Maleficent, who is riding atop Diaval transformed into a horse, is racing to the castle until the deed is done, indicating the ties between the two women.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition will be available to own on Blu-ray on October 7, 2014. It will also be available in Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere same day.
The 2-Disc Diamond Edition Blu-ray Superset (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) contains digitally restored picture and sound, a digital copy of the film, and a variety of magical new bonus features, including ‘Once Upon A Parade,’ in which ‘Modern Family’ star Sarah Hyland tells us the tale of Walt Disney World’s new ‘Festival Of Fantasy Parade,’ ‘Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,’ a legacy piece spotlighting Disney’s favorite villain animator and Maleficent creator Marc Davis, and ‘@DisneyAnimation: Artists in Motion,’ in which Walt Disney Animation Visual Development artist Brittney Lee goes through the process of creating a three dimensional sculpture of Maleficent, completely out of paper.
Via Moviefone, Walt Disney Studios has released its first clip from Maleficent (May 30, 2014), titled ‘Awkward Situation.’ The clip, which can be found embedded below, features Angelina Jolie killing it as Maleficent, inviting herself to the christening of baby Aurora. What’s particularly of note in this clip (and the full scene in general) is how much it borrows from the 1959 Sleeping Beauty, particularly the dialogue.
Another day and the Maleficent publicity machine continues to crank out tons of fascinating images, both conceptual and straight from the actual film. Walt Disney Studios has once again provided us with several newly released high-res stills from Maleficent, in theaters May 30, 2014, as well as more concept art. Both the new stills and concept art have been added to the beginning of their respective galleries embedded below.
Disney’s D23, the official club for fans of The Walt Disney Company, today announced plans for its third annual Fanniversary event tour which kicks off on August 9, 2014 in Burbank, CA and will make stops in San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston and Orlando. This year, the event will be sponsored by the new Walt Disney Records The Legacy Collection which launches in June with its release of The Lion King, featuring thirty minutes of its previously unreleased score by Hans Zimmer.
Walt Disney Studios Australia has just released a new featurette for Maleficent (May 30, 2014) titled ‘Creatures’ which uses a bit of new footage to explore the inhabitants of the Moors as well as takes a look at what’s perhaps the most curious creature of all — Maleficent herself. You can find the featurette embedded below.
By now it should come as no surprise that the appearance of the titular character in Maleficent takes her cues from the villain in the Disney animated classic, Sleeping Beauty. Yet for all the similarities the ‘two’ characters share, there were challenges and decisions made when bringing her to life that affected her appearance.
Arguably the most glaring difference would be Maleficent’s skin tone. Whereas Disney Legend Marc Davis imagined her flesh to be decidedly green, the character portrayed by Angelina Jolie takes on a far more pale complexion. Rick Baker, the legendary special effects makeup artist, was responsible for Maleficent’s appearance and explains that the skin color decision was made to keep Maleficent to appear more ‘relatable’ and not ‘too creature-like,’ emphasizing the intent to keep Maleficent ‘pretty and attractive.’