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Fridge Brilliance

  • Early on, Merryweather expresses the desire to turn Maleficent into "a fat old hop toad". The others chide her, saying that it's impossible because their magic can only be used to bring joy and happiness. Merryweather gripes "Well, that would make me happy". During the climax, the fairies never attack Maleficent directly, instead essentially buffing Phillip and his gear. Presumably, it's because of this happiness thing, which makes their magic useless for direct offense. Yet Merryweather can turn Diablo to stone. Why? Because doing so certainly made her happy.
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  • Aurora and Phillip's love at first sight moment makes a lot more sense when you remember that part of the curse Maleficent placed on Aurora as a baby was that she would be "beloved by all who know her" and that Merryweather's gift requires true love's kiss, therefore there needed to be true love in place.
  • The story takes place in the mid to late 14th century in France near Germany. Now what happened in the 100 yrs Aurora was asleep? The Plague. Merryweather saved Aurora from the plague.
    • Only in the original Tales and Ballet, in the Disney version, it could be no more than a couple of days, so yeah...
  • The fairies constantly tell Aurora/Briar Rose to not speak to strangers. Although she hits it off with Phillip in the forest, note what she does next. She leaves and makes arrangements to get to know Phillip better - not in the forest but in the safety of her home where her 'aunts' would be present. Quite a clever girl.
  • Maleficent, in the beginning, is rather attractive for an evil fairy, satisfied with cursing the baby and getting her revenge. When she starts getting more and more desperate as the years go by, she starts looking uglier and more haggard. Losing sleep over it?
    Maleficent: For the first time in sixteen years, I shall sleep well.
  • Maleficent's outrage at being snubbed makes more sense when you realize that Aurora's christening was a public event open to all, not invitation only. Being kicked out of a public place is Serious Business even today and was much more so for medieval christenings. King Stefan was essentially declaring Maleficent a public menace and siding with the good faeries against her. Understandable stance to take against a Card-Carrying Villain but unfortunately, it seems it was Not Quite the Right Thing.
    • Especially so considering the other faeries were spared the humiliation. As explained by a certain Tumblr post, it would only have been acceptable action against Maleficent if the other faeries were attacked as well. By only excluding Maleficent, the king was taking sides in a war that was not his own and so it's not quite so socially terrible for Maleficent to be angry.
    • Said war was likely between Unseelie and Seelie fairies. Yes, Maleficent is a woman of rank but her court is incredibly notorious in human mythology.
    • Maleficent isn't even outraged. Watch her face and body language, she knows exactly what's going on the whole time and is barely hiding her glee because she was always going to curse Aurora. It's not about her being outraged or offended it's about her being an evil and cruel being of pure evil. She just pretends it was because she wasn't invited so that the parents will blame themselves and suffer more. It's the same reason she sends frosts to kill Flora's flowers: pure cruelty and sadism.
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  • Of the three fairies, Fauna is the one most enthusiastic over raising a baby, and it is she who carries Aurora as they sneak her out of the palace. Given that her providence is over animals, it's natural that she'd be most in touch with the importance of nurturing young over her sisters, whose specialties are plants and the weather. And given her nature as a supernatural being, this was her only opportunity to experience parenthood first-hand.

Fridge Horror

  • In the original story, Sleeping Beauty is asleep for a hundred years and her entire castle and servants were put to sleep too. How would that feel for the servants to wake up in a new century with nothing left of their old lives anymore, just because a magical curse wanted the princess to have some hired help when she woke up? Think about it, they wake up and find that everyone they know outside of work is dead, the world is now foreign to them, and they lost everything solely because the fairies wanted them to continue working for this one princess.
    • In that era, odds are that their entire lives were in the castle or at least the town that was most likely within its outer walls.
      • That was the case and was lampshaded in the Twice-Told Tale book A Kiss in Time. After the curse is broken, most of the people in the castle think that a month has gone by at the latest, when centuries have passed. Towards the end of the book, when the protagonist (a boy from modern times) interrogates a lot of the peasants living in the town, most of them still had no idea that any time at all had passed.
  • The movie Maleficent planned this as an ultimate punishment for Aurora and Phillip as she planned to keep the latter in her castle for a hundred years, letting him go to the princess causing her to Go Mad from the Revelation once she realizes that she hasn't aged a day.
    • It's more likely that Maleficent was speaking euphemistically, planning to keep Phillip in her dungeon until he died of old age - the animation that accompanies Maleficent's speech shows both Phillip and his horse as transparent, as though to indicate that they will only be leaving as ghosts, and it's highly unlikely that Phillip would still be alive after one hundred years. (His horse certainly wouldn't be; they do well to live as long as thirty years, never mind a hundred.)
    • It's easily within her power to keep both of them alive indefinitely, even if she does mean a literal century. And Maleficent's curse would be broken eventually, so why wouldn't she make her triumph complete by reuniting the two lovers in such a way that they could never be happy?
  • Try not to think about what happened to the inhabitants of the houses after the goblins searched them.
    • Considering they didn't comprehend that babies age, would they have the competence to do such a thing?
    • Who's to say they didn't just go into the house, ask "is that baby Princess Aurora?" and when they got "no" for an answer, they just walked out. They don't seem smart enough to comprehend that
  • Maleficent, in addition to casting the curse, sent her men out to find Aurora and said she couldn't sleep until she knew where the princess was. As the fairies put it, there is no way to stop the curse, only soften it, and do their best to thwart it. What was Maleficent planning to do if she had found Aurora so much earlier? Bring out the spindle? Kidnap her and keep her hostage until her sixteenth birthday? Or did she have something worse planned?
    • Given Maleficent's general traits, she would have done whatever would hurt Aurora's parents (and the good fairies) most. Holding Aurora hostage, constantly promising her release upon certain conditions, and then letting them finally 'ransom' a dead princess seems most likely.

Fridge Logic

  • Why didn't the people just tell the princess about the curse in the original version? To me, it seems like that could've saved them a lot of trouble...
    • They maybe thought that would make her end up afraid of everything. It seems that they were sheltering her.
      • Afraid of everything? On the contrary, Maleficent's curse was quite specific about a spindle being what would hurt Aurora, so telling her she should avoid those, instead of making her a social recluse unaware of her royal heritage, would have made more sense.
      • Let's not forget how Maleficent achieved her goal - she hypnotized Aurora into touching a spindle she materialized out of nowhere. Even if Aurora knew about the curse and avoided spindles, what's stopping Maleficent from doing the exact thing she did in the actual movie?
    • Put yourself in the perspective of King Stefan and Queen Leah. You've longed for a child all your life and suddenly you have one - but a curse says she could be left comatose at any point from now until she turns sixteen. Do you want your precious baby to grow up in fear that evil fairies could be hiding behind every corner with a spindle that could knock her out? And since Aurora can only be woken up by True Love's Kiss, is she likely to have a true love while she's a child?
  • In the Disney version, the good fairies are capable of many feats of magic, yet when they sneak into Maleficent's stronghold of the Forbidden Mountain, they don't turn themselves invisible (like any faerie would). This could be because Maleficent might have enchanted her orc guards to see invisible things, but had she done so she probably would have invested a lot more in them, including the intelligence to look for an aging girl over the past 16 years.
    • Or, more simply, the fairies just can't turn invisible. They're never shown to have that power at all. Maleficent seems to be able to become intangible or diffuse into the ether, but, then, she has power gained from Hell itself, and her magic far exceeds what the good fairies are capable of, so it's not surprising she can do something they can't.
    • Maybe they can but an invisibility spell must be maintained - requiring a lot of concentration. The fairies need to bust Phillip out of the mountain so they need to save their powers.
  • No one in the film seems to realize the entire story could have been avoided by just waiting until after Aurora's 16th birthday to re-introduce her to her parents and royal life.
    • The original ballet actually addresses this. Aurora is never removed from her home and is instead raised with love (and presumably without the presence of sewing apparatuses). On her 16th birthday, she is given a coming of age ball, complete with suitors. Carabosse (Maleficent) crashes Aurora's party, in a Paper-Thin Disguise, and gives Aurora the spindle in person as a present. The spindle is either disguised (for instance, hidden in a bouquet of flowers) or just handed to her. From there, the story relies on Aurora being only 16 and acting like an excited teenager. She rushes over to show her parents her new and mysterious toy, then dances away from them when they try to take it away from her. (It's my present!) And then promptly pricks her finger as Carabosse does her "I told you so" ritual, and the Lilac Fairy shows up to give the hysterical kingdom a massive sedative.
      • Actually hiding her was an invention of the Disney film, where the blame can probably be laid mostly on King Stefan being really impatient to get his daughter back - the fairies were waiting until the sun had set to actually present her, but in order to do so as soon as the sun had set meant bringing her back to her father's castle earlier in the day. Learning that she'd fallen for (they thought) some random guy in the forest and was planning to meet him that night probably helped in the decision to go ahead and leave the cottage, too.
        Either way, as far as the Disney film is concerned it's not like waiting a day would have helped - Maleficent knew where the cottage was by that point, so if they'd stayed there until the day after Aurora's birthday, she'd still have shown up there (in fact she does show up there, which is how she captures Phillip).
      • Maleficent found out where they were because the fairies decided to use their magic again after many years and Flora and Merryweather got into a fight about what color the dress should be. If not for that, staying at the cottage for another day may have been safer.
  • If the fairies are so incompetent at things like sewing and cooking, even after sixteen years of living as humans (Fauna has apparently never cooked, according to Merryweather), how have they survived for that time? Aurora's never met anybody, and it's not like they can get Amazon orders out there. Where's their food and clothing coming from?
    • By the way Merryweather seems surprised, I'd say either the roles are usually reversed or Merryweather herself usually does one of those jobs.
    • When Flora announces their plan, Merryweather says "but I've never baked a fancy cake" to which Fauna replies that she'll be cooking. That seems to imply that Merryweather did the cooking. It was presumably very basic so Merryweather has limited knowledge of the kitchen from sixteen years. Perhaps she or Fauna sewed Aurora's dresses too. Since it's the last day, I got the impression the fairies were switching up the jobs and doing what they'd never done before for fun.
    • I think the implication was that Merryweather had handled pretty much all the chores. Notice how Fauna approves of the 'dress' and Flora has no problem with the 'cake'.
  • King Stefan decreed all sewing spindles in the kingdom to be destroyed, which they were. It's the 14th Century. How are they going to make new clothes?
    • Buying them from King Hubert's kingdom?
    • All they'd have to do is outsource the spinning. Send the raw wool (or flax) out, buy the finished yarn. If relations were good between the neighboring kingdoms, it would be fairly easy.
  • I know the Curse Escape Clause was the fairies' backup plan, but what were they going to do if Aurora hadn't met Philip in the woods? How does it make sense to pin everything on True Love's Kiss when you've done everything in your power to keep the princess from meeting anyone? Was Frozen a nod to this, where "true love" gets redefined as any pure and selfless love, not necessarily the romantic kind?

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