The fact that it was Merryweather's gift to the newborn princess that ultimately saves the day is awesome.
Merryweather: Sweet princess, if through this wicked witch's trick a spindle should your figure prick. A ray of hope there still maybe in this, the gift I give to thee. Not in death, but just in sleep, the fateful prophecy you'll keep. And from this slumber you shall wake, when true loves kiss, the spell shall break.
Aurora's singing is awesome; it charms every creature of the forest as well as Prince Phillip.
In a meta example: Aurora's voice actress, Mary Costa, did both her speaking and singing in the original movie while still having a pronounced Tennessee accent in her normal voice. She went on to become an international opera star.
While she only mentions it in a rather brief and offhanded way. It seems Merryweather was the one who did most of the cooking and possibly the sewing for the sixteen years the group lived in their self imposed exile. The fact that the one fairy many consider the Hot-Blooded bumbler was the one who did most of the human chores competently is impressive.
Especially when she was the one who was most unwilling to live like a mortal.
Merryweather turning the raven into stone. Hey, wait...
Merryweather: I'd like to turn her (Maleficent) into a fat old hop toad. Fauna: Now, dear, that isn't a very nice thing to say. Flora: Besides, we can't. You know our magic doesn't work that way. Fauna: It can only do good, dear, to bring joy and happiness. Merryweather: Well, thatwould make me happy.
When she casts a spell that causes thorns to sprout all around King Stefan's castle, Maleficent has this one particularly awesome line which can make anyone shudder with Emotional Torque. It's so short, and yet it was one of the most memorable scenes of the movie.
Maleficent: A forest of thorns shall be his tomb! Borne through the skies on a fog of doom! Now go with a curse, and serve me well! 'Round Stephen's castle, cast! My! Spell!
"The years roll by... but a hundred years, to a steadfast heart, are but a day. And now, the gates of the dungeon part, and our prince is free to go his way. And off he rides, on his noble steed, a valiant figure straight and tall! To wake his love, with love's first kiss, and prove that true love conquers all! Ahahahaha!"
Just before she casts the forest of thorns, Maleficent, who has just seen her pet Diablo turned to stone and has seen Prince Phillip escaping, wastes no time in climbing to the highest battlement of her Forbidden Castle, and then hurling a bolt of lightning at the fleeing Prince. This troper immediately thought: "Ooooh, the boss lady herself is about to show her stuff!" Maleficent did NOT disappoint.
Maleficent: Now shall you deal with ME, O Prince, and all the powers of Hell! Cue the most iconic One-Winged Angel in Disney Canon, as well as a great Oh Crap! on Phillip's part, in which Maleficent bursts into the sky into a pillar of flames as her shadow becomes a draconic figure.
The climax is as epic as animation — indeed, film in general — gets (and much imitated since): the three good fairies successfully breach Maleficent's castle, rescue Prince Phillip, and provide him with weaponry and armor; from there they assist his escape and protect him from everything Maleficent throws at him on the way to the castle — boulders, a gigantic forest of thorns, and finally her One-Winged Angel form of a gigantic black dragon. When she knocks his shield away, the fairies respond by enchanting his sword to make sure throwing it does her in. Think about this a moment — how many Disney films include the heroines killing the villain?
Flora: Now, Sword of Truth, fly swift and sure, that evil DIE and GOOD endure!
It maintains its awesomeness in the vast majority of the foreign language dubs; the majority preserve Eleanor Audley's distinctive cackle. But avoid, with all your strength, the 2001 Spanish redubs — Maleficent was toned down, in an example of Disneyfication of Disney.
Maleficent's appearance in Aurora's fireplace is one of the most terrifying moments of the movie, but the commanding tone to her voice when Aurora's about to resist her spell is just straight-up awesome.
"Touch the spindle. Touch it, I say."
The fact that Aurora is able to resist mind control, even for a few seconds, from a supremely powerful sorceress is pretty awesome itself, though many miss it.
Maleficent. Sure she was evil, but she was one seriously cool villain, elegant, commanding and so powerful all in a very evil way.
There's a reason she's one of the Oh Crap! bosses in Kingdom Hearts I. She comes in, and instantly owns every scene she's in.
Aurora has a subtle one that's hard to notice at first sight, due to to the Values Dissonance. You know, in less than a day the poor girl's life has taken massive spins. She has just found out that she's a princess when she has believed herself to be a mere peasant girl named Briar Rose, she has just met a guy she likes only to be told that she's to be married to someone else (who's actually the same guy, but she doesn't know it yet), and it turns out she'll have to leave the only place she knows as "home". Does Aurora throw a tantrum, whine, complain, or bitch her "aunts" out? While she understandably cries for a while, she still goes back to the Kingdom, to meet the parents that she has never seen and see the castle where she was born. Doing that right after finding out that her entire life is a lie requires quite the guts.
And notice how quickly she pulls the pieces of the puzzle together and adjusts to her new life once the ordeal is over. Her huge smile when she wakes up and sees Phillip suggests that she instantly understands the situation as far as the guy she has to marry actually being the guy she likes after all. Flora is the brains of the film and even she had to falter, stutter, and comically tap her temple with her wand to make that connection. Aurora also manages, despite all of this being brand new information to her, to make a royal procession entrance befitting a princess and ballroom dance with the perfection of a princess raised and trained in court all her life. Silk Hiding Steel? Genre Savviness?
More or less everything Phillip does during the climax of the movie. Granted, he has the help of the fairies, but that doesn't change the fact that he jumps out of a window, rides through falling stones and other obstacles, takes on a giant wall of thorns, takes on a dragon, climbs a rock with one arm and finally emerges victorious, though a little bit worse to wear and (understandably) exhausted. Few princes have fought as hard for the woman they love as him.
Often overlooked, as it's just one line, but one has to admire King Stefan for being the only person to stand up to a powerful and very angry sorceress in defense of his infant daughter.