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How Disney’s legendary animator helped Maleficent steal ‘Sleeping Beauty’ 

When Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty first arrived in theaters in 1959, reviews were mixed, in part because the conceit of a wicked sorceress putting a beautiful princess to sleep seemed like such a blatant Snow White rip-off. But over time, Sleeping Beauty has carved out its own space, no doubt because of its mesmerizing villain, the elegantly evil Maleficent—a fact brought to cinematic fruition this year with Angelina Jolie’s live-action blockbuster. Maleficent wasn’t a hag, like the in-disguise apple-offering witch in Snow White, nor a prim harpy, like Cinderella’s stepmother. She was undoubtedly grotesque, with devilish horns, yellow eyes, and pale green skin… but also beautiful and alluring, especially with the unsettling patrician voice of Eleanor Audley.

Can indie cartoon ‘Hullabaloo’ give new steam to hand-drawn animation?

An Exclusive Q&A here

The first 7 minutes of Star Wars Rebels is available for you to watch right here

Clearly, G.I. Jeff Winger is a real American hero. (More photos — including animated Britta, Annie, and Shirley! — over here.)

Guess who’s coming back to Futurama — and who’s providing his voice?

Another trailer for Monsters University — now with more Helen Mirren!

Maggie Simpson stars in this Oscar-nominated animated short, “The Longest Daycare.” Think she has what it takes to beat Disney’s “Paperman”?

Just call it a Winter Awakening: Jonathan Groff, a.k.a. rival show choir singer-turned-coach Jesse St. James on Glee (and Melchior in Spring Awakening) is officially voicing the lead role of Kristoff in Disney’s in-production animated feature Frozen. He’ll star alongside Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, who play a pair of singing sisters.

So, like, they have to give Lea Michele a part now, right? Riiiight?

Ever wondered what Johnny Depp would look like as a Family Guy character? Wonder no more — the star’s going to play himself on the animated comedy this Sunday, and we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek at his guest appearance. Giggidy, etc.

Get out your hanky — we’re remembering 10 of animation’s most devastating deaths.

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