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101 Dalmatians is a story that never fails to entertain and educate both children and adults no matter how many times it is told. In any form. As a book, an oral tradition, a cartoon movie, or a live-action movie there is something timeless and precious about 101 Dalmatians that makes people come to it again and again. Human beings are essentially storytellers and we like to tell and listen to stories. 101 Dalmatians brings out this evolutionary aspect in us again and again always with positive results. Now as if to signal that the good times will be back again after the horrific Covid-19 pandemic one of the first movies that have hit the theatres in America is yet another retelling of the timeless tale 101 Dalmatians. This time it is titled Cruella which is only apt as this is one of the central characters of this story.

It Had to be Disney!

 

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Cruella is a 2021 American comedy film that is based on the character Cruella de Vil from Dodie Smith’s classic 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. This version is directed by Craig Gillespie and is a prequel to the 101 Dalmatians franchise. It focuses on the character of Cruella de Vil played by Emma Stone and tells how she became the person who everybody is afraid of and hates. It’s an origin story that delves into the character and tells us how she became the person we all know her as. As expected and wanted it is a Disney production because everybody knows that nobody makes such movies better than the Walt Disney Company. The 101 Dalmatians franchise has always been their baby from the beginning.

It’s about Cruella de Vil

 

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This Cruella de Vil movie is set in London, England, in the 1970s during the days of the punk rock music movement and goes into the life of Estella Miller, an ambitious and aspiring fashion designer, as she attempts to find a path to fulfilling her dreams. Due to her nature and the decisions she takes she ends up becoming a person who is known as Cruella de Vil, a notorious upcoming fashion designer who is not all that she shows herself to be. The movie tries to answer the question that everybody must have wondered about after knowing about 101 Dalmatians – Why did Cruella de Vil want puppies?

An Obsession with Dalmatians

 

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Without giving the story away the reason that Cruella wants Dalmatian puppies is because they are linked to her mother Catherine’s death. Her mother’s enemy had ferocious Dalmatians who pushed Catherine off a cliff which led to her death though they were chasing Cruella. Cruella blames herself for her mother’s death and has an obsession with Dalmatians which only increases with time. Then after she grows up she has several incidents in her life which involve Dalmatians which makes her obsession stronger and worse. In the course of the movie, Cruella delivers two Dalmatian puppies to someone else showing that her fascination for Dalmatians is still just as strong as ever.

Best to Start at the Beginning!

 

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In 101 Dalmatians Cruella de Vil is feared and hated but it’s only in this movie Cruella that the audience gets to see why and how she became this person. After the spectacular success of Joker origin stories are much in demand and so it’s no surprise that Disney decided to greenlight this origin story. Cruella de Vil is an interesting character and there is no doubt that people want to know more about her especially her inner psychological workings. Though the movie has been released only on May 28, 2021, it has already received critical acclaim and is also getting commercial success. The crowds want to go to the movies again and want to defeat the Covid-19 pandemic that has killed millions of people so far. A familiar yet new tale about 101 Dalmatians is the perfect reason to throng to the theatres again.

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