New 'Maleficent' Trailer Explores 'Sleeping Beauty's Disney History, A Great Character

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The Robert Stromberg-directed, Angelina Jolie-starring Maleficent may not come out until the end of May, but there is plenty of time until then to get a head start on soaking in all the Jolie-style regal badassery that seeps out of every second of new footage that includes her. And now there's a new  Maleficent sneak peak, emphasizing more of the obvious tie-ins to Disney's original 1959 adaptation of the fairytale.

Disney bills this flick as both a prequel and a re-imagining of their previous Sleeping Beauty, and we imagine it holds other popular re-imaginings like Wicked as at least loose inspirations.

Any which way, the new footage we see in this sneak peak, which originally aired on The Disney Channel Jan. 17, shows us a lot more of the style through which Disney wants to tackle the story this time around. The sneak peak, for instance, shows us clips of the 1959 Sleeping Beauty interspersed with the new Maleficent, with the latter exhibiting that the fairies Flora, Fauna, and Meriwether are CGI-animated in this one, mixed in with the live action.

We also see Aurora (Elle Fanning) and her prince as young teenagers, as opposed to as adults. Perhaps most interestingly, though, we get a glimpse of another scene between Aurora and Maleficent herself, in which the latter laments that "there is an evil in this world," and while anything is possible I don't think she's referring to herself.

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