The new trailer for Maleficent debuted today (watch it below). The film tells Maleficent’s story; a first for a Disney villain. To celebrate, we’re taking a look at some other Disney villains and their sides of the story.
Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Walt himself once described the Queen as, “a mixture of Lady Macbeth and the Big Bad Wolf.” Her character’s main motivation is jealousy, and she propels the story forward with her attempts to remain the “fairest of them all.”
Scar from The Lion King
Disney villains tend to look rather villainous, and Scar is no exception. He’s very smart, and gets to the throne through manipulation and opportunism. Ultimately, Scar is too clever for his own good as he shows his cowardice and runs.
Jafar from Aladdin
Jafar is all the more frightening for his unpredictability. Where other villains have one main goal that they pursue throughout their film, Jafar’s greed and lust for power just grows. First he wants to be Sultan, but by the end he wants ultimate cosmic power. His ambition becomes his downfall as his greed leads him to forget the details of that power: itty bitty living space.
Ursula from The Little Mermaid
Pat Carroll, who voices the sea-witch, envisioned Ursula as “part Shakespearean actress, with all the flair, flamboyance and theatricality, and part used-car salesman with a touch of con-artist.” Fueled by anger, Ursula is willing to destroy Ariel to get to her father, King Triton, and take the crown.
Want to know the history that led to Maleficent cursing the baby Aurora and the events that followed? Check out the new trailer for Maleficent:
You’ll have to wait (if you’re like us, impatiently) until May 30 for the rest of Maleficent’s story to be revealed.