Watch The First Trailer For Disney's "Maleficent," Starring Angelina Jolie

It makes for a scary time to be a sleeping beauty.

The story of Sleeping Beauty is hundreds of years old, and some of the elements we know best are relatively recent developments--for instance, did you know that the character of Maleficent, the evil fairy who places the curse on the princess, was a minor part of the story until the 1959 Disney cartoon?

It was Disney who gave a name and a backstory to the "wicked fairy" of Charles Perrault's original tale, and it's Disney who will be fleshing that out in the live-action feature Maleficent next summer. Enlisted in that cause is Angelina Jolie, who--in the first trailer for the film--dons the character's robes, horns, and glower as she plots the demise of her towheaded prey.

The trailer features a lot of brightly colored landscapes and characters who cast starkly contrasting figures against illuminated backdrops, which recalls classic Disney animation. We don't actually see much happen--the princess prances against pastoral backdrops while Maleficent lurks, but there's a hint of the power that the evil fairy holds when she calls forth an epic wall of brambles from the earth. It should make for an epic re-telling of the tale in which the way more charismatic villain gets the appropriate amount of screen time.

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