Maleficent, A Stretch Too Far

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Ecofeminism and Queer Alliance in Maleficent, a Stretch Too Far The Walt Disney Corporation, over the past century, has become a phenomenon of its own, globally impacting the lives of families. A popular trend within Disney, recently, has been to reinvent their one-time classic films, Sleeping Beauty for instance. With the release of Maleficent, Disney sought to change the perception of the film and retell the story with a new spin. As can be expected, a change this large caused mixed reviews in the film’s. However, one group was particularly appreciative of the new rendition- feminists. Maleficent’s story is retold in a manner supporting a strong female lead, rather than a sleeping Aurora who was absent through the majority of the original film. Through the retelling, Disney is able to set the stage of female empowerment. In the article, “Imagining Ecofeminist Communities via Queer Alliances in Disney’s Maleficent,” Joe Hatfield and Jake Dionne make a case for Maleficent as a queer (non-normative) person who encapsulates the duality of natural versus unnatural. However, a vital part of this argument relies heavily on the “queerness” of Maleficent. The argument presented by Hatfield and Dionne is valid in making a point of the existence of ecofeminism throughout the film, but fails to make a strong case for the queer relationships presented; Disney retells the tale of a once scorned villain in a positive perspective through a land of magic and enchantment, not from

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