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June 18, 2014

Disney’s ’Maleficent’: Romancing the devil

Disney has long had a complicated relationship with Satan, paganism and heavy metal. The latest evidence: the studio’s new film “Maleficent.” In 1940, Disney conjured the animated masterpiece “Fantasia,” in which Mickey Mouse flirted with the dark arts as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice; a dinosaur segment was set to Stravinsky’s pagan death dance “The Rite of Spring;” and the Slavic black god Chernobog, today beloved by European black-metal performers, made a dramatic appearance on Bald Mountain.

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