A vengeful fairy places a curse on an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

Primary Title
  • Maleficent
Date Broadcast
  • Sunday 10 July 2016
Release Year
  • 2014
Start Time
  • 19 : 00
Finish Time
  • 20 : 50
  • 110:00
  • TV2
  • Television New Zealand
Programme Description
  • A vengeful fairy places a curse on an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.
  • PGR
Owning Collection
  • Chapman Archive
Broadcast Platform
  • Television
  • English
Captioning Languages
  • English
Live Broadcast
  • No
Rights Statement
  • Made for the University of Auckland's educational use as permitted by the Screenrights Licensing Agreement.
  • Feature films--United States
  • Feature films--United Kingdom
  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Robert Stromberg (Director)
  • Linda Woolverton (Writer)
  • Angelina Jolie (Actor)
  • Elle Fanning (Actor)
Let us tell an old story anew. 1 www.able.co.nz Captions were made possible with funding from NZ On Air. Able 2016 Let us tell an old story anew. And we will see how well you know it. Once upon a time there were two kingdoms that were the worst of neighbours. So vast was the discord between them that it was said only a great hero or a terrible villain might bring them together. In one kingdom lived folk like you and me with a vain and greedy king to rule over them. They were for ever discontent and envious of the wealth and beauty of their neighbours. For in the other kingdom, the Moors, lived every manner of strange and wonderful creature. And they needed neither king nor queen but trusted in one another. In a great tree on a great cliff in the Moors lived one such spirit. You might take her for a girl. But she was not just any girl. She was a fairy. BRANCH CRACKS There you go. And her name was Maleficent. Good morning, Mr Shantuwell. I love your cap. No! No! Don't do it! Ha, you missed me! Good morning. Good morning. Lovely work, girls. Woo-hoo! What's all the fuss about? The border guards... Why'd you get to tell her? I want to tell her! There are rules, Flittle. I tell this time, you tell next time. The border guards... No, you told last time. So I should tell this time and Thistletwit next time. Tell me what? Fine! Ah, thank you. Maleficent, the border guards... The border guards have found a human thief at the Pool of Jewels! I'm sorry. She's always in a hurry with her big wings. Humans here. I hope this isn't another war. THEY SPEAK OWN LANGUAGE I'm not afraid. Besides, I've never seen a human up close. Come out! No! They mean to kill me. And besides, they're hideous to look at. That's extremely rude! Don't listen to him, Balthazar. You're classically handsome. HE GROANS It's not right to steal, but we don't kill people for it. Come out! Come out this instant! Are you fully grown? No. I believe he's just a boy. And you're just a girl, I think. Who are you? I'm called Stefan. Who are you? I'm Maleficent. HE SPEAKS OWN LANGUAGE Yes, right. You have to give it back. Give what back? SHE SIGHS If I knew you would throw it away, I would have kept it. I didn't throw it away. I delivered it home, as I'm going to do for you. Someday, you know, I'll live there. In the castle. Where do you live now? In a barn. So, your parents are farmers then? My parents are dead. Mine too. We'll see each other again. You really shouldn't come back here, you know. It's not safe. And If I made that choice, if I came back, would you be here? Perhaps. What's wrong? Your ring! Iron burns fairies. I'm sorry. I like your wings. Maleficent thought of how Stefan cast away his ring. He, who had so little in the world so that their hands might touch again. And her heart was moved. Thus did the young thief who had hoped to steal a jewel steal something far more precious. Maleficent! Maleficent! After all these weeks, look who came back. I thought it worth the risk. So, what do you do for fun? THEY LAUGH Stefan and Maleficent became the most unlikely of friends. And for a time, it seemed as if, in them at least, the old hatred between men and fairies had been forgotten. As it will, friendship slowly turned into something else. And on her 16th birthday Stefan gave Maleficent a gift. He told her it was true love's kiss. But it was not to be. As the years passed Stefan's ambition called him away from Maleficent and towards the temptations of the human kingdom. While Maleficent, the strongest of the fairies, rose to become the protector of the Moors. MAJESTIC MUSIC Maleficent often wandered alone and sometimes wondered where Stefan might be. For she had never understood the greed and envy of men. But she was to learn. For the human king had heard of a growing power in the Moors. And he sought to strike it down. DRAMATIC MUSIC HORSE NEIGHS Guards, halt! Guards, halt! There they are! The mysterious Moors where no-one dares to venture for fear of the magical creatures that lurk within. Well, I say, crush them! THEY CHEER Go no further! A king does not take orders from a winged elf. THEY LAUGH You are no king to me! Bring me her head. Battalion! Attack! Arise and stand with me! Hold the line! SHOUTING It's the dark creatures! CREATURE ROARS Charge! YELLS SHOUTING YELLING, GRUNTING DRAMATIC MUSIC GRUNTING CONTINUES CREATURES ROAR SHOUTING CONTINUES You! To the king! SHOUTING, GRUNTING You will not have the Moors. Not now, nor ever! You... CREATURE ROARS When I ascended to the throne I promised the people that one day we would take the Moors and its treasures. Each of you swore allegiance to me and to that cause... HE COUGHS Your Majesty. Defeated in battle. Is this to be my legacy? I see you waiting for me to die. It won't be long, but what then? I will choose a successor to take the throne and care for my daughter. Who among you is worthy? Kill the winged creature! Avenge me! And upon my death you will take the crown. HE SIGHS Maleficent! Maleficent! So, how is life with the humans? Maleficent, I've come to warn you... They mean to kill you. King Henry will stop at nothing. Please, you have to trust me. They spoke of many things and the years faded away. And she forgave Stefan, his folly and his ambition. And all was as it happened long ago. Are you thirsty? Maleficent? SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC Let us tell an old story anew. 1 SHE CRIES OUT SHE CRIES OUT SHE SCREAMS What is this? I have avenged you, Sire. She is vanquished? Ah, you have done well, my son. You have done what others feared to do. You will be rewarded. I shall do my best to be a worthy successor, Your Majesty. SHE WHIMPERS BIRD SQUAWKS SQUAWKING CONTINUES I got you! DOG BARKS Wicked bird! Into a man. It's a demon! What have you done to my beautiful self? Would you rather I let them beat you to death? I'm not certain. Stop complaining. I saved your life. Forgive me. What do I call you? Diaval. And in return for saving my life, I am your servant. Whatever you need. Wings. I need you to be my wings. BIRD SQUAWKS I present to you the first of his line, His Royal Highness, King Stefan. PEOPLE MUTTER BIRD SQUAWKS He did this to me so he would be king. SHE SCREAMS DRAMATIC MUSIC Now what, mistress? SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC She...! Her wings! CREATURES GRUNT CROW CAWS SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CONTINUES CREATURE GROWLS LIGHTNING CLAPS Let us tell an old story anew. 1 It's a girl! Oh, my God, it's a girl! It's a girl! WOMEN CHATTER, SQUEAL CROW CAWS Aah! Well? Well, I saw nothing. But there's been a... What? Child. King Stefan and the Queen have had a child. Oh. There'll be a christening. They say it's to be a grand celebration. A grand celebration... for a baby. How wonderful! GRAND MUSIC All manner of folk came to the christening. Even three of the fairies who sought to foster peace and good will. Look, there's the baby! I love babies! Concentrate, please! I'm not telling you again. Greetings, Your Majesty. I am Knotgrass of the Moorland fair folk. I am Flittle, Your Kingship. And I am Thistletwit, Your Royalnesses... They bring gifts for our daughter. These are not just any old gifts. For you see, we are magic! And very good with children. Very well. Sweet Aurora. I wish for you the gift of beauty. My wish is that you'll never be blue. Only happy, all the days of your life. Sweet baby. My wish for you is that you'll find... WIND GUSTS, ALL GASP DRAMATIC MUSIC PEOPLE SCREAM Maleficent! Maleficent! Well, well. What a glittering assemblage, King Stefan. Royalty, nobility, the gentry and... How quaint. Even the rabble. I must say I really felt quite distressed of not receiving an invitation. You're not welcome here. Oh, dear. What an awkward situation. You're not offended? Why, no. And to show I bear no ill will, I too shall bestow a gift on the child. No! We don't want your gift! PIXIES: Stay away from the princess! Yes, stay away! GASPS Aah! Mm... Listen well, all of you. The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty. Beloved by all who meet her. That's a lovely gift. Don't do this. But... ..before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a sleep like death! A sleep from which she will never awaken! Maleficent, please don't do this. I'm begging you. I like you begging. Do it again. I beg you. All right. The princess can... be woken from her death sleep. But only by... ..true love's kiss. This curse will last until the end of time! No power on earth can change it! PEOPLE SCREAM King Stefan ordered his men to seize every spinning wheel in the kingdom. The wheels were broken and burned that they might never be used and thrown in the deepest dungeon in the castle. Secretly, he entrusted the safety of the child to the magic of the pixies who would take her to a remote hideaway for 16 years and a day. Stefan shut himself behind the walls of his castle while his soldiers rode far and wide to hunt Maleficent down. But she made walls of her own that the Moors might never again suffer the touch of any human. And she revelled in the sorrow that her curse had brought. SHE LAUGHS The fairies began their charge to raise Aurora in a snug little cottage in the woods. Oh, no! What is it? Looks dreadful. Come on. Oh, we need a smaller baby. Or a bigger body. No, what we need is a proper disguise. What do you mean? Well, we have to blend in, don't we? We have to be big enough to look after this baby. So, gather around, ladies. Get ready. One, two, three. Grow! Oh, that's worked quite well. That's very nice. Now, there'll be no questions asked. We are no longer fairies. We are three peasant women, raising our orphan child in the woods. So, no more flying. No flying?! No, no. And no magic. No magic? Yes, you've heard. But we're in the middle of nowhere. At least no-one will find us here. SHE CRIES There you are. Why are you always hiding? Come on. Here you go. BABY CRIES Hmm... It's so ugly you could almost feel sorry for it. Rar! I hate you. Beastie. CLATTERING The fairies were perhaps unequal to their task. Why is she crying? I think she might be hungry. Then feed her! Oh... There you are! There you go. CROW CAWS It's going to starve with those three looking after it. BABY CRIES Oh, no, you won't... That tickles! Hey, boys? Boys? Why don't you get a lift home tonight? PEOPLE CHATTER, DANCE MUSIC PULSATES They've been on the sauce. They've been on the sauce. Your party! They've been on the sauce. Your party! That's Mary's boy, isn't it? Yeah. Maybe you should say something. Maybe you should say something. Nah. I'm crap at that kind of thing, Barry. Yeah, but they're just kids. If we don't say something... (GROANS) Hey, boys? Boys? Why don't you get a lift home tonight? Oh, whatever, mate. I've only had a couple. No, no, no, no. It's too late now. I've spoken to you and I know your mum, so that means our fates are aligned. You get into that car and you get yourself killed or you kill someone else, I become part of it too. How? How? Well, it's like, um, my balls are in your hands. BOYS LAUGH, SNORT BOY: Oh, you want the balls! BOY: Oh, you want the balls! Nobody wants that. Hey, how about I drive you? What? Oh. What? Oh. BOYS LAUGH, DANCE MUSIC PLAYS ON RADIO (SWITCHES RADIO STATION) (SWITCHES RADIO STATION) YODELLING MUSIC PLAYS I like it. Let us tell an old story anew. 1 What? You're cheating. I saw that. We're starting again. Suit yourself. Greedy, bloated goat! THISTLEWIT LAUGHS Bloated goat! PATTERING Stop doing that. I'm not doing anything. PATTERING Well, someone is. It's not me. You two are having a go at me and I will not tolerate... PATTERING Stop it! PATTERING THEY SCREAM This is all your fault! Ooh. Oh, come on! That's funny! As the days went on, Stefan darkened... further consumed by paranoia and vengeance. Pull down! The torch! Flame! Make ready! Release! DRAMATIC MUSIC MEN GRUNT MEN SHOUT CREAKING MEN YELL GRUNTING CONTINUES MALEFICENT LAUGHS You failed me. The wall cannot be burned. It is indestructible. Agh! Nothing is indestructible! Not a wall, not Maleficent! Not even her curse! Bring me the iron workers. BIRDS TWITTER, FAIRIES CHUCKLE Ow! Ow! Ow! You! Aah! Oh, look! The little beast is about to fall off the cliff. CROW CAWS AURORA SCREAMS What? Hello. Go away. Go. Go away. Ugh. I don't like children. Up, up. Go along. Go, go, go. As Maleficent had said, Aurora did grow in grace and beauty. Pretty bird. Far away from the lofty palace that she remembered not. And as the seasons changed and the flowers grew so did she. Hello. That's it. She wondered at the world about her... ..and at what lay beyond the fearsome wall of thorns. Hmm... Curious little beastie. She was not the only one who wished to get through. Is that her? Is that Maleficent? I don't know. Bring them to me. Ah, no, it's just a silly peasant girl. HOWLING HORSE WHINNIES CREATURE WHINES CREATURE GROWLS It's her! It's her! IT BARKS Aah! Whoa! MEN WHIMPER Agh! How could you do that to me? You said, anything I need! Yeah, but not a dog! It was a wolf, not a dog. It's the same thing! They are dirty, vicious and they hunt birds! Fine, next time I'll turn you into a mealy worm. Well, I'll be a mealy worm, gladly! Anything but a filthy, stinking... DIAVAL CAWS I wonder... Because it is our problem. 1 It's not OK to say she was asking for it. It's not OK to punch a hole in a wall to show your family who's boss. Or think you can demand their love and respect. And it's not OK to look the other way and say it's not our problem. Because it is our problem. And it's not OK. Ever. But it is OK to ask for help. Let us tell an old story anew. 1 BIRDS TWITTER OTHER-WORLDLY MUSIC CREATURES CROAK FAIRIES SQUEAK I know you're there. Don't be afraid. SHE LAUGHS DISMISSIVELY I'm not afraid. Then come out. Then you'll be afraid. No, I won't. I know who you are. Do you? You're my fairy godmother. What? Fairy godmother. You've been watching over me my whole life. I've always known you were close by. How? Your shadow. It's been following me ever since I was small. Wherever I went, your shadow is always with me. I remember you... DIAVAL CAWS ..pretty bird! This is Diaval. Hello, Aurora. I've known you since you were a little one. It's everything I imagined it would be. Oh, it's just so beautiful! I've always wanted to come... CREATURES CHITTER Good night, beastie. You mock me. I know what you're doing. I know exactly... what you're doing. Sire, your presence has been requested by the Queen. Leave me. Sire, she is not well. The nurses are fearful that she won't make it through the night. Sh. Can you not see we're having a conversation? When the curse fails, Maleficent will come for me. And on that day... I will be ready. They're so beautiful. OTHER-WORLDLY MUSIC CREATURES GRUNT LAUGHTER GRUNTING, LAUGHTER CONTINUES HE LAUGHS LAUGHTER CRICKETS CHIRP I revoke the curse. Let it be no more. I revoke the curse. Let it be no more. I revoke my curse! Let it be no more! I revoke my curse! Let it be no more! Let it be no more! WHISPERING VOICE: 'This curse will last until the end of times. 'No power on earth can change it.' FAIRIES SQUEAK Do all the fair people have wings? Most do. Then why don't you? All the other fairies fly. I had wings once. They were stolen from me. That's all I wish to say about it. What colour were they? Were they big? So big they dragged behind me when I walked. And they were strong. They could carry me above the clouds and into the headwinds. And they never faltered. Not even once. I could trust them. WOMAN SCREAMS (She's coming. She's coming.) 1 Where are your workers? In their beds, Majesty. Get them back to work without delay. They're exhausted, Sire. But I'll have them back to work at first light. I need them back to work now. It's the wee hours. Aye. Aye. It is the wee hours. So wake them up. Sire? So wake them up! And get them back to work now! We're running out of time! Go on! CREATURE GROWLS Aurora! Come here. Sit. There is something I need to tell you. What is it? There is an evil in this world. And I cannot keep you from it. I'm almost 16, godmother. I can take care of myself. I understand. That's not what I have to tell you... I have a plan. When I'm older, I'm going to live here in the Moors with you. Then we can look after each other. You don't have to wait until you're older. You could live here now. Then I will! I'll sleep in a tree and eat berries and black nuts. And all the fair people will be my friends. I'll be happy here for the rest of my life. I'm going to tell my aunties tomorrow. Until tomorrow. Oh, I'm so excited! Aunties... I'm almost 16, I need a life of my own. No. I love you very much... but it's time to say goodbye. You've been very good to me. Except the time you accidentally fed me spiders. Hello. I'm sorry to bother you, but I'm on my way to King Stefan's castle and I've become...hopelessly lost! Can you help me? I'm sorry, that was my fault. I rushed into... Forgive me. It's that way. The castle. What's your name? It's Phillip. Hello, Phillip. What's yours? Aurora. Hello, Aurora. Well, it was nice meeting you, and once again, my apologies for being such a clumsy fool. You're forgiven. That's good. Well, I'd best be off then. Goodbye. Will you be back this way? Nothing could stop me. Then I'll see you soon. Very soon. Goodbye, Phillip. Goodbye. For now. DIAVAL CAWS Stop doing that. Well? That boy is the answer! No, Diaval. Yes! True love's kiss, remember? It can break the spell. True love's kiss? Have you not worked it out yet? I cursed her that way because there is no such thing. Well, that might be how you feel, but...what about Aurora? That boy could be her only chance. It's her fate anyway. Go ahead. Turn me into whatever you want. A bird, a worm... I don't care anymore. I'm so happy we're leaving tomorrow. You're not leaving tomorrow. Tomorrow is Aurora's 16th birthday. And Stefan told us to take her back the day AFTER her birthday. No, he said, ON her birthday. No, the day after her birthday. On. After. On! After! On, on, on! After, after! On, on! After, after! Stop it! SHE GASPS Ow! What? Ah! How could you? I need to talk to you about something. Oh, yes, sweetie, what is it? I'm sorry to have to tell you this. But I'll be 16 tomorrow. THEY CHATTER EXCITEDLY I'm leaving home. CAKE SPLATS See here, young lady. I did not spend 16 years in this miserable hovel with these two imbeciles so that... Shush! ..so that you could ruin it on the last day! We are taking you back to your father with... My father? You told me my parents were dead. I think you better come and sit down. Fairy godmother! I'm here. When were you going to tell me that I'm cursed? Is it true? It is. My aunts said it was an evil fairy. I... I can't remember her name. They said... that it was... Maleficent. Is that you? Are you Maleficent? No! Don't touch me. You're the evil that's in the world. It's you! THUNDER RUMBLES Find the boy! ..every available man to the east wing now! There should be no guards at the gate. I want her to walk in... Sorry to disturb, Your Majesty. We found this urchin at the gate. She claims to be the princess. Father, it's me, Aurora! You look just like your mother. They brought you back a day too soon. I told those three idiots! Lock her up in her room. Go. Prepare the men. Maleficent's coming. It's so good to be small again! Look at my feet! I love my tiny little feet! Pay attention! We have to find Aurora! Or the king will have our heads! SHE CHAPS ON DOOR WHISPERING VOICES Wait! Princess! I'm looking for a girl. Of course you are. I need a horse. DIAVAL CROWS SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC WHISPERING VOICES WHISPERING VOICE: Aurora! Come on, Diaval! WHISPERING VOICE: Aurora. VOICES CONTINUE SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CONTINUES Faster, Diaval! Faster! WHISPERING VOICE: On a spinning wheel. VOICES CONTINUE WHISPERING VOICE: No power... Sleep-like death. HORSE NEIGHS DRAMATIC MUSIC It's done. Let us tell an old story anew. 1 They pulled the guards. He's waiting for you in there. If we go inside those walls, we'll never come out alive. Then don't come. It's not your fight. Well, thank you very much. I need you, Diaval. I can't do this without you, Diaval. I can hear you. Look at her. Look at what you've done. She's only sleeping. She's only sleeping, you say? She's only sleeping. She's only sleeping for ever! What about the kiss? Yes, true love's kiss. True love does not exist. But it's her only chance, Your Majesty. Mistress. SHE GASPS MURMUR OF VOICES What are we going to do? Well, we can't give up, can we? Come on, girls! But we don't even know where to start! True love doesn't just fall from trees, you know. THUD Pardon me. I'm embarrassed to say I don't know where I am. In King Stefan's castle. This is where I meant to be. Odd that I can't recall how I got here. Why have you come? My father sent me to see the king. Who is your father? King John of Ofsted. ALL: A prince! Aurora. He knows her. Why is she sleeping? She's trapped in an enchantment. Isn't she beautiful? The most beautiful girl I have ever seen. Do you want to kiss her? Very much. Go on, then. I wouldn't feel right about it. I barely know her. We've only met once. Haven't you ever heard of love at first sight? Kiss her! Go on. An enchantment, you say? ALL: Kiss her! You didn't do it properly! It's supposed to be true love's kiss! I was certain he was the one! What are you doing? We have to keep looking. I told you. I will not ask your forgiveness. Because what I have done to you is unforgivable. I was so lost in hatred and revenge. Sweet Aurora. You stole what was left of my heart. And now I have lost you for ever. I swear, no harm will come to you as long as I live. And not a day shall pass that I don't miss your smile. SHE SIGHS Hello, Godmother. Hello, Beastie. No truer love. She's here, Sire. Are we going back to the Moors now? If that is what you wish. CLANKING, CHAIN RATTLES SHE SCREAMS Ah! MEN SHOUT SHE SCREAMS, MEN GRUNT Stop! Get back! DIAVAL CAWS, GRUNTING CONTINUES SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC SHE GASPS DIAVAL CAWS Into a dragon. SCREAMS YELLING SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CONTINUES Run, Aurora! SHE SCREAMS YELLING CONTINUES DRAGON GROWLS MEN YELL SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CONTINUES DRAGON GROWLS, MEN GRUNT HE GRUNTS, YELLS SHE GASPS DRAGON GROANS SHIELDS THUD Enough! THUDDING STOPS How does it feel? To be a fairy creature without wings? In a world where you don't belong! HE YELLS SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CONTINUES SHE GASPS DRAGON GROWLS Kill her! Kill her! MEN GRUNT Shoot! SHE GRUNTS DRAGON GROANS GRUNTING CONTINUES Shoot her! SHE GROANS SHE YELLS HE YELLS SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC CONTINUES HE YELLS Argh! HE GRUNTS HE SPLUTTERS It's over. HE GASPS HE ROARS BOTH YELL DRAMATIC MUSIC SWELLS SERENE MUSIC BIRDS TWITTER 'Maleficent brought down her wall of thorns and took off her crown 'And she invited Aurora to see how the Moors had been once. 'Long ago when Maleficent was but a child 'and her heart was bright. 'For now, it was again. 'But that was not all.' CREATURES GRUNT, CHITTER There she is. Hurry up, they're waiting! Wait for me! We present this crown to our little Aurora for whom we have sacrificed the best years of our... Never mind. Our kingdoms have been unified. You have your Queen! 'So you see, the story is not quite as you were told. 'And I should know. 'For I was the one they called Sleeping Beauty.' CHEERING 'In the end, my kingdom was united 'not by a hero or a villain as legend had predicted. 'But by one who was both hero and villain. 'And her name was 'Maleficent.' CROW CAWS MOMENTOUS MUSIC
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