The Washington Post has a fascinating article on the work of linguists who are looking at every line of dialogue from Disney princess movies and analyzing them for their representations of women. The results are mixed, to say the least.
How on Earth do you tell a story about a princess under a Sleeping Beauty-type curse and make her truly heroic? You put her in the hands of Hugo and Nebula Award-winning writer and cartoonist Ursula Vernon, whose new book Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible finds the silver lining of the soporific curse.
Sure, the heroes in Disney movies are supposed to embody desirable traits: bravery, kindness, a sense of adventure. But sometimes, it's the villains who have the most to teach us about the world — in their successes and their failures, too.
Neil Gaiman's upcoming children's book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, is a richly illustrated collaboration with artist Chris Riddell that retells the story of Sleeping Beauty. But this time the princess is rescued not by a prince's kiss, but by a queen's.
Disney is releasing a new Blu-Ray version of the classic 1959 animated movie Sleeping Beauty—and with it a collection of recreated animatic sketches that show the many different versions of Disney's biggest and baddest villain, Maleficent.
Angelina Jolie's fairy is more than a statuesque figure with glowing hands and a pair of horns in the latest Maleficent trailer. She's a dark-winged terror with the power of a fearsome dragon.
Artist Joe Alexander has created this gorgeous set of prints showing just how iconic the silhouettes Disney's animation has created. And my how they loom.
A few weeks ago, Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty: A Gothic Romance ended its tour in Los Angeles, California. Much has been made of the way the well-known story was changed, but what was really striking was that the ballet actually felt like the natural collision of two of the biggest trends of the last decade:…
Ever heard of the Sleeping Beauty experiment? It's an experiment that, for many reasons, will never be conducted. If it were, we'd have to rethink the way we calculate the odds of a coin flip.
Shoe designer Kobi Levi designs all manner of quirky footwear—flamingo shoes with one stiletto tucked under, shark shoes that open into toothy maws in the back. His latest series, titled "Witch-Craft," pays tribute to three classic Disney villains through the art of the high heel.
For many of its early hand-drawn animated features, Disney would film real actors performing the the roles of the various cartoon characters. The animators would watch these performances as references for their drawings. Technicolor Disney has collected several images from these performances, and spliced in the…
In Nick Phelan's animated short Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty, Granny doesn't believe in telling children comforting tales with happily ever afters. Instead, she rips her granddaughter from sleep and tells her a version of "Sleeping Beauty" sure to keep her awake for days.
What if the evil stepsisters had perfectly sized feet? What if Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was ten minutes long? What if Cruella de Vil evaded the authorities and those animal hoarding charges?[Via ]
What better trophy than the glowing green noggin of the world's most fearsome villain (Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent) in dragon form?
Sleeping Beauty isn't known for her high levels of activity, but with these running costumes, she and the other Disney princesses might get a different reputation. Plus, the sweat-wicking, anti-odor material keeps your costume looking fresh, even when you're drenched in sweat.
Graphic designer Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen has taken it upon himself to transform almost every cartoon Disney princess into flesh-and-blood humans. Or — in the case of Ursula — a flesh-and-blood mollusk sapien.
From her two-pronged headdress down to her pet crow, Sleeping Beauty's Maleficent has always been the baddest of the bad. She's so delightfully evil she may be the first Disney villain to get her own live action feature.