December 6, 2022

“Yes, the writers are going to try to provide some sort of a sympathetic angle to her, but at the end of the day, I want Cruella to be evil!”

Who is the newest Disney villain to get an origin story? Cruella de Vil, the iconic baddie who just may be the most wicked of all Disney villains. (In case you don’t know, she tries to have 101 Dalmatian puppies killed so she can turn them into the finest fur coat ever made. 😳)

When I heard Disney was making a film about her I was intrigued. Then I learned that Emma Stone would be playing her. My excitement rose a little more. And then I finally saw the teaser trailer. Immediately, the first thing that popped into my mind was that it looked like Joker. Emma Stone’s Cruella looked like the Disney version of Harley Quinn…and the story is about a villain. Very Joker-centric to me. But then there was another thought nagging me in the back of my brain.



Something inside made me believe that this Cruella movie would be PG. Now, that didn’t seem logical. How are you possibly going to tell a story about the evilest Disney villain and make it PG? Wait. Was Disney going to make Cruella a bit of a hero?

I was starting to get peeved at the thought of making this horrible character someone who we should root for. Yes, this is an origin story and yes, the writers are going to try to provide some sort of a sympathetic angle to her, but at the end of the day, I want Cruella to be evil! Just like Arthur Fleck in Joker.

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Joker vies for a sympathetic angle with Fleck. But by the end of the movie, he is a cynical, murderous villain who is not anywhere close to being a hero or a character we should aspire to be. Of course, Disney is not going to deliver us something that is rated R but a PG-13 rating for Cruella sounds about right. We can get those darker moments that a PG film won’t allow while still retaining the classic Disney tone we’ve grown accustomed to.


Just think about movies and shows like Rogue One and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. In Rogue One, well, every major character perished. That movie was PG-13. And The Falcon and the Winter Soldier felt very mature in both violence and subject material. It felt like the most mature installment in the MCU. And yes, it was TV-14. That gives Cruella plenty of room to tell the story it needs to tell. I just hope it’s as good as it looks.

Cruella‘ arrives in theatres and on Disney Plus Premiere Access on May 28th


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