Everybody loves a good villain. In order for a truly great fairy tale to unfold, the protagonist needs a charismatic antagonist to go up against. Disney is arguably one of the best studios out there when it comes to crafting a truly captivating villain.
The most important aspect of writing a villain is making their objectives clear. But just because a villain makes their objectives clear, that doesn’t mean they can’t hide one or two big secrets of their own.
SCAR IN THE LION KING
The Lion King is without a doubt one of Disney’s best remembered classics. It was the studio’s highest-grossing animated Film for almost two decades eventually being eclipsed in 2010 by Toy Story 3. The main villain is none other than ‘scar’, the disgraced brother of Simba’s dad Mufasa. Who could forget the legendary ending with scar being surrounded by the hyenas?
JUDGE DOOM IN WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT
1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit holds an important position in Disney’s history. It was quite impressive technologically blending live-action and animation and some truly groundbreaking ways. It was also a critical and commercial success that led to the Disney Renaissance era of the next decade, during which Disney would produce some of its most enduring classics like, The Little Mermaid Aladdin and the Lion King.But this flicks villain judge doom is harboring a major secret that calls back to an earlier Disney classic Bambi in an early draft of the film script. It was revealed that judge doom was the same hunter that killed Bambi’s mother in the classic 1942 film.
URSULA IN THE LITTLE MERMAID
Little Mermaid is one of Disney’s most beloved classics released in 1989 to critical and commercial acclaim. The film follows Ariel who makes a deal with the wicked Ursula giving up her voice for the chance to be human. Ursula is voiced brilliantly by the legendary Pat Carroll and together with her unforgettable character design.
THE EVIL QUEEN IN SNOW WHITE
White and the Seven Dwarfs. It premiered back in 1937 and was nominated for best musical score at the 10th Academy Awards. The film was also a huge commercial success earning 8 million dollars during its initial release. The film was so popular, it even briefly held the record for being the highest-grossing talking film in the world.
Maleficent follows the eponymous mistress of all evil from the 1959 film Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie’s starred in the film and was attached to play the role back in 2010 before the film even had a director locked in apparently. Jolie intensely sought out the role since this protector of the Moors was one of her favorite characters growing up. The film was nominated for best costume design at the 87th Academy Awards. But here’s a strange secret you probably didn’t know, her leathery horns were actually designed by artists who specialized in well adult outfits.
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