One of the more unforgettable moments from Walt Disney’s classic 1959 animated “Sleeping Beauty,” is the scene when the wicked witch Maleficent crashes the christening of young Aurora and proceeds to curse the young princess with the sleepy spell we know so well. So it was unquestionably something that would make the transition from the animated classic to the live-action feature, with Maleficent being embodied, with prickly charm, by none other than Angelina Jolie.
Thanks to our exclusive clip, you too can see a little bit of this sequence. And it’s heartening to know all of its devilishness has remained intact.
While the clip is a little over a minute long, there’s plenty to soak in. Not only do we get to see Angelina in all of her horned, high-cheek-boned glory as Maleficent, but we also get a glimpse of Sharlto Copley‘s King Stefan, as well as the trio of pixies played, via the magic of performance capture and other high tech wizardry, by Juno Temple, Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville.
Of course, the star of the show is Jolie. From what we can see the movie kind of freezes whenever she appears, with everyone hanging on each gooey syllable she utters. “I must say, I really felt quite distressed upon not receiving an invitation,” Jolie-as-Maleficent purrs in an evilly aristocratic British accent, before gloriously pouting. It’s the kind of moment that, were Jolie not the biggest star in the world, would surely make her one in the process.
And while we don’t get to see Maleficent cast her fateful spell, we know that it’s right around the corner, and should undoubtedly be delivered with the same silver-tongued viciousness as we’ve seen earlier in the sequence.