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Disney drops Cruella trailer, but PETA isn't happy about it

Cruella De Vil dog-serious
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PETA has expressed concern over Disney's 101 Dalmatians inspired-movie, Cruella. The animal rights charity is worried it may encourage irresponsible dog ownership.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 20/02/2021, 23:00

101 Dalmatians is one of Disney's most iconic films. And that makes it's number one baddie, Cruella De Vil, one of cinema's top villains of all time. 

The pampered heiress and fur lover has become a cultural symbol of greed, vanity and plain evil. Because Cruella's desire for the spotted dogs is all about how much money she can make from selling their soft fur.

Cruella re-imagined

But Disney's latest incarnation of this classic character takes a different look at Cruella. Inspired by recent anti-hero movies like Harley Quinn and Joker, Cruella examines how a young fashion designer named Estella de Vil becomes obsessed with Dalmatians before transforming into a ruthless fur-trader known as Cruella.

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The release date is set for May this year. And from the response to the trailer, it seems like fans can't wait to get a closer look at the new Cruella film. But others, like PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange, are concerned it may lead to a sharp rise in people adopting Dalmatians without considering the long-term consequences.

Puppies are for life

This is precisely what happened after Disney's first live-action adaptation of 101 Dalmatians in 1996. PETA is now urging Disney to take action that will stop history from repeating itself. The statement read:

"PETA's praise will be on paws until Disney takes steps to stop a repeat of 1996, when animal shelters were flooded with Dalmatians reportedly bought and discarded by 101 Dalmatians fans who weren't prepared for the puppies to grow up. The devil is in the details, and Cruella must remind viewers that animals are individuals—not accessories."

We all know that puppies are for life. Now it's time for Disney to remind everybody else.

See also: Adorable video shows dog crying at Disney classic