Peter Hoskin

I suspected Maleficent would be terrible from the very first shot

In their latest offering Disney have taken the best of Sleeping Beauty and put it among the worst

Engaging: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent [Getty Images/Shutterstock/Alamy/iStock]

If a gang of knife-wielding toddlers ever presses you for the name of the best Disney film, Sleeping Beauty (1959) is a pretty good answer. It has everything you expect from those features animated during Walt’s life: a simple story translated from a fairy tale; beautifully painted castle and forest scenes; a baddie that you can really root against, and all that.

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