Maleficent (unlike the other fairies) was not invited to the christening of Princess Aurora. In order to punish Aurora's parents she puts a spell on Aurora to prick her finger on a spindle of a spinning wheel and die on her 16th birthday. One fairy, Merryweather weakens the curse and makes it so that instead of dying Aurora falls into a deep sleep, and can only be awoken by a kiss from her true love.
The movie is told from Maleficent's point of view so we find out what happened before the Sleeping Beauty story.
"I was really moved by the script from first reading, It was like uncovering a great mystery. We all know the story of 'Sleeping Beauty' and we all know Maleficent and what happened at the christening because we've all grown up with that. But what we've never known is, What happened before?" ~Angelina Jolie
|In Theaters May 30th|
This curse will last until the end of time,