Ep. 23 - Maleficent // GUEST: Sophie Bushwick

June 26, 2014

We talk Disney's Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie's cheekbones and Long Lasting Lipstick. To give us the fairy tale perspective, our guest is Tabled Fables Podcast co-host Sophie Bushwick, who adds context on the varied history and mixed morals of Sleeping Beauty as told by Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault.

While we appreciate that Maleficent subverts some stale tropes like "true love's kiss" and actually puts its female characters in center of the action, we find some of the more adult themes of this PG film quite troubling. 
Plus: Why do we need villain origin stories in the first place? And why does it always gotta be about revenge?
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Outro Music: "Once Upon A Dream" (theme from Sleeping Beauty) sung by Lana Del Rey
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