ANAHEIM, Calif. - There was a lot to marvel at during Saturday's presentation at Disney fan event D23, which highlighted the movie studio's live action slate through 2015. But what really got fans out of their seats was a surprise appearance by Angelina Jolie, who popped up to introduce the audience to a few clips from 2014's Sleeping Beauty tale, Maleficent.
The actress took the stage in a typical black outfit with just a bit of sparkle: diamond drops at her ears and her engagement ring. "I'm so excited to be here!" she said, before reminiscing about the horns she wore as Maleficent on set. "I miss them. I love them."
Jolie spoke of how children responded to her imposing character, whose horns are offset by glowing eyes, dangerously sharp cheekbones and ruby red lips. "People with little kids would visit the set, and I would think, 'I'm a Disney character,' " she said, to laughter. "And I would go over to the children, and they'd scream and run off. One little kid even said, 'Mommy, please tell the mean witch to stop talking to me.' I guess we did a good job."
How did her daughter Vivienne end up with a bit part playing Young Aurora? "Vivienne was the only 4-year-old who wouldn't scream," said Jolie. "She and I got to be part of it together." The actress then introduced some footage from the film, including a scene of the quarrelsome pixies, a shot of Vivienne as Young Aurora running through a field, and Elle Fanning playing the grown-up princess, destined to fall under Maleficent's curse.
Fans, added Sean Bailey, president of Walt Disney Studios, will finally find out what drove Maleficent to curse the innocent baby.
And where was the Jolie-Pitt clan during the D23 presentation? "They are playing at the (theme) park now," said Jolie.
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