Does anyone think the Queen and her Witch disguise seem like two different characters?
At the beginning the Evil Queen is elegent, serious, cold and calm even when angry, but after she turns herself into an Old Hag she's openedly wicked, sneaky and insane. Its almost as if they were like a Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
I see your point overwhelmingly! I suspect that the Disney staff got so engrossed in the spectacle of the Queen and her emotional effect on the audience that its members forgot to check for character consistency.
Then again, transmogrifying into a sinister crone was a new experience for the Queen... It may have induced an optimistic (if diabolically manic) excitement she hadn't felt in years; in her normal form, she showed aloofness and weary frustration, suggesting that she lived for years in bitterness and depression. If so, the isolated thrill of the transformation could easily have brought temporary relief.
This Jekyll and Hyde theory is interesting, and it reminds me a bit of Mr. Potato Head (http://wdwfactoftheday.com/mr-potato-head/) . For example, how does his peronality change in between face pieces? From let's say anger and happiness? I wonder what he feels when he's in between stages.
Well, Writing2eddy, the Toy Story films appear to suggest that Mr. Potato Head feels the emotion of the parts he prepares to replace with his previous ones; he only swaps facial features to express his emotion, not to actually feel them.
What I meant earlier when I said "relief from frustraion" was that an outlet for the Queen's active sadism may have unexpectedly emerged thanks to the transformation. (One should note, however, that she also exhibited and acted on malice in her normal form.)
The difference lies in the fact she initially made conscientious efforts to use indirect methods when executing her murderous plots, and that she devised them with more caution. After years of depression and veiled rage, though, her frustration had built up to a breaking point...
I have always viewed them as two separate characters in my head. I sometimes forget they are the same person.
For me, I think it has to do with the fact that the queen and the witch look completely different, so my mind registers them as separate people. I do feel that her situation is like Jekkyl and Hyde, and that the Witch is her true form.