When Disney first announced it, it created an origin story for the infamous 101 Dalmatians Villain, Cruella de Vil, it obviously met with some skepticism. If the film were in the same vein as the one directed by Angelina Jolie Vicious by giving the villain a sympathetic backstory, or would it be more like that There was once‘s portrayal of his villain proving that she was always evil from the start? Well after I’ve seen CruellaI can confirm: it does a bit of both.
The film is set in the 1970s and is set years before the events of 101 Dalmatians As a young Cruella (Emma Stone), whose maiden name is Estella, she sets out as a fashion designer in London. While there are a few references to the iconic Disney movie, including an appearance by Anita and Cruella’s iconic car, Cruella Most of the time it is a standalone film that is separate from that 101 Dalmatians Universe. Here are just a few examples of how the film turns the Disney villain’s story upside down.