Remember when I told you that there is just too much Eleanor Audley amazingness for one post? I was not fooling. Here is part two of the talent, the power and the sheer badassery that is the most famous villainous Disney voice of all time, Eleanor Audley. In addition breathing life into Maleficent, she previously voiced Lady Tremaine in Cinderella and Madame Leota in the Haunted Mansion ride.
Animators Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas, in their book The Disney Villain, describe animating Audley’s voice as “a difficult assignment but a thrilling one, working to that voice track with so much innuendo mixed in with the fierce power.” Speaking of their book, I cannot wait to own it and is already on my Christmas list.
Here is one more of Eleanor acting out the role for the voice recording because she so fly:
Unlike her previous role of the wicked stepmother, the story of Sleeping Beauty and her iconic antagonist has not been told as many times as the girl with the glass slipper making Eleanor’s performance as Maleficent the one and only to live up to until now.
Maleficent has been recently tackled by Kristin Bauer van Straten in the TV series Once Upon A Time
And hold onto your butts because another Disney live action movie is coming, and this time this villainess is in the spotlight. Angelina Jolie is coming to the big screen in Maleficent in July of next year. Here she is teasing us all about it: