Actually it's a dystopian society where a wealthy and highly militarized ruling class sends their enemies to filthy inhumane gulags as a means of maintaining a rigid caste system.I was watching it and thinking how the whole "Aurodon" system works. "Wait, it's 21st century North America, but there's a king, and AAAHHH I hurt my brain."
I do like it that Maleficent is basically an incarnation of pure evil, who literally can't comprehend things like compassion or self-sacrifice, and yet fandom-in-general agrees that murdering puppies is way worse.Well yeah. You have to remember that she's the worst of the lot and, argueably, the worst villain in Disney's entire library.
For instance, Maleficent? She's a royal and when the parents of Aurora invited people to their daughter's celebration, they pointedly snubbed the Queen of the Fae while inviting other fairies and pretty much everyone else. It was a deliberate snub, but she gave them a chance when she mentioned that her invitation must have gotten lost. They COULD have said, "Oh, yes, of course. Terribly sorry about that. Please, join us," and, even if it wasn't sincere, she'd have gone forward since honor would have been addressed. Instead, they snubbed her AGAIN, so she turned her intended gift to a darker one. Then she left. It's a bit petty, true, but there's a justification there and the whole mess could have been avoided.
The Evil Queen was jealous of her husband's daughter by his widow and when she surpasses the Queen in beauty and her father is siding more with her than with his wife, well, she snaps. The man she married, the KING, is turning away from his queen to fawn over a daughter who'll just be married off at some point? Instead of ruling the land? Instead of making heirs with HER? Sure, murder's a bit MUCH, but, again, there's a justification there, if an awful one. She herself gets killed by having red hot iron shoes pressed onto her feet, upon which she dances until she dies.
Jafar? He was the advisor to an absolutely terrible ruler in the Sultan, personally having to go around and handle all manner of things that the Sultan wasn't able to do since he was so distracted with frivolous misuse of money and clapping like a child at entertainment instead of, say, outlawing slavery or even dealing with the poverty just outsid ethe palace walls. Jafar maneuvered Aladin to steal a magic lamp for him, with which he could take power, and when that didn't work, moved to marry the Sultan's only child, setting himself up to be the next ruler, where he could finally fix things that the jolly old Sultan never could. Were his methods heavy-handed and, perhaps, vile? Yes, but he had a goal and a justification.
And then there's Cruella.
Who wants to skin, not dogs, but *puppies*, for what? A coat. Just one coat. She has dozens mind you. She's not in search pf power, she's not avenging a slieght to her honor. She's not trying to get rich, powerful, or rule a nation … she just wants to skin some fucking puppies. Because fuck you that's why.
The first three are bad but justified, Cruella's fucking EVIL.
The thing about Maleficent is that she appears to be a fairy, not a human, and so we instinctively expect her to act differently from normal folks. I mean, Flora, Fauna and Merryweather aren't normal, either. So Maleficent getting pissedI do like it that Maleficent is basically an incarnation of pure evil, who literally can't comprehend things like compassion or self-sacrifice, and yet fandom-in-general agrees that murdering puppies is way worse.
Honestly the Butler was just an idiot who did something stupid in an act of desperation and kind of snowballed into villainy out of frustration.Cruella's in the same league as the butler from The Aristocats or the yodeling cattle rustler from Home On The Range.
Meanwhile, the Horned King is somewhere on that island, going, "Hello? Raised a literal army of the undead to wage unholy terror on every living thing!"