A new, long-awaited production from Disney about the beginnings of one of the most iconic anti-heroines of cinema, will debut on DVD and Blu-ray ™ on October 13, 2021.
The character of Cruella de Mon first appeared in the 1950s in the pages of Dodie Smith. On the big screen, she made her debut in the Disney animated film in 1961, and then appeared in the acting remake of Disney in 1996 and its sequel in 2000. Today, almost 60 years later, the expressiveness, passion for attention and sophisticated styling, and Cruella’s sharp wit continue to excite and fascinate viewers.
Cruella de Mon is possibly the most iconic character among Disney’s villains because she is so wonderfully evil. Extravagant, fashionable, manipulative, cunning and clearly crazy. All the character traits that viewers love to hate. It’s kind of like Disney’s Hannibal Lecter.
Thanks to the hard work of many creative minds, a plot was created, from which you can learn how an ingenious child, Estella, became a ruthless avenger – Cruella. Most of the action takes place in London in the 1970s, against the backdrop of a punk revolution. We follow a girl’s metamorphosis from an ugly Dickensian orphan into a rebellious, resourceful, bold and inventive antihero who learns who she really is and how to be herself. The bright and creative Estella wants to become famous with her clothing designs. She befriends a couple of young thieves who appreciate her criminal tendencies. Together they build a new life on the streets of London.
We wanted to investigate why she was the way she was. Which made her become Cruella de Mon. We approached it like the story of the rise of the super-villain in the comic: who she was as a child, what shaped her. All that viewers so far knew about Cruella was that she wanted to make a coat of Dalmatians. We decided at an early stage that in order to give them something new, we had to show something they know from a completely different angle.
The title role was played by Emma Stone. It was the first and only choice considered by the studio. This happened when the actress received her first Oscar nomination for a supporting role in a film Birdman and even before the premiere of La La Land, in which Stone played the lead female role for which she won an Oscar.
It is interesting to trace where she came from, where Cruella came from. We had a lot of fun researching how a human becomes a villain. How people can be affected by different events in their lives – how they can fall under the weight of different experiences or rise above them, strengthen, but perhaps not always learn a moral lesson from it. These deep lines are all in this movie, but presented in a fun, crazy, Disney style, plus great seventies punk music.
SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS FOR THE Blu-ray RELEASE:
- Two Emmas
- Midfield corner
- Cuture Cruelli Collection
- Cruella’s world
- New dogs… old tricks
- Cruella 101
- Unused scenes