Maleficent

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Maleficent Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    maleficent adj : harmful or evil in intent or effect [ant: beneficent]
Maleficent Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Maleficent \Ma*lef"i*cent\, a. [See Malefic.] Doing evil to others; harmful; mischievous.
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Maleficent is a fictional character and the main antagonist in Walt Disney's 1959 adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. She is the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil" who, after not being invited to the baby's christening, curses the infant Princess Aurora to "prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die" before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday. The character is Disney's adaptation of the wicked fairy godmother from the original fairy tale.

Maleficent is often viewed as the most powerful and sinister of the Disney Villains, frequently acting as their leader in many crossovers, and her scenes in the climax of the film are among the darkest and most intense produced by Disney.

The character was animated by Marc Davis. The wicked fairy godmother was aptly named "Maleficent" (which means "Evil-doer"). In determining Maleficent's design, standard depictions of witches and hags were dismissed as Davis opted for a more elegant look centered around the appearance of flames, ultimately crowning the villain with "the horns of the devil." According to Davis, Maleficent "was designed like a giant vampire bat to create a feeling of menace." In the event the individual character of the three good fairies and the elegant villain proved to be among the film's strongest points.

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  • Angelina Jolie: 'Maleficent' Respects The Original
    Angelina Jolie's upcoming "Maleficent" will include some of the story Disney fans know and love along with bringing a whole new twist to the classic villain. In a new featurette for the Disney movie, the actress opens up about her wicked role. "We've respected the classic, we've tried to bring you what you love about the story," the Read more on this news related to 'Maleficent'
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