There are plenty of problems with Disney's Maleficence. The pacing. The tone. The CG overload. The weak humor. The tortured backstory. The lack of any real connection to Sleeping Beauty. But you know what? I love this movie. I'm going to buy the DVD and watch it over and over.
One thing Disney's Maleficent has going for it is a vast fantasy land constructed in a whole new Disney-verse called the Moors. And they got the world building expert, Robert Stromberg (Avatar, Life of Pi) to create it. Take a look into the creation of Maleficent's kingdom in our exclusive interview with the director.
Avatar didn't sweep the Oscar nominations just because of its amazing special effects — it captured the hearts and imaginations of Academy voters because of its world-building. Here's the complete history of the movie's intricate world, from the designers themselves.