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.
You show'em how it's done girl!
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.
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.
Maleficent has this one particularly awesome line that just made me shudder with Emotional Torque the first time I saw it as a kid and every time thereafter. It's so short, and yet it was one of the most memorable scenes of the movie for me. I was pleasantly surprised, when rewatching it as an adult, that its effect on me was not diminished in the least:
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!
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."
Maleficient. I know 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 on Kingdom Hearts. 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.