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