What everyone gets wrong about Cruella De Vil

Upon the announcement that actress Emma Stone would be cast as the villainous fur fashionista Cruella De Vil in another live action version of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, you’d think that Disney is making a pre-quel or otherwise aging-down their characters for this iteration. But you’re wrong.

Emma Stone as Cruella De Vil should remind you something about the character: she’s young as fkk.

Stone is only 27.

But so too was Cruella…

Forget I just said that and ask yourself: How old do you think the De Vil character is? 55-65, right? Cuz she’s boney and white haired and such. But no. Her hair isn’t white and half dyed black – it’s who-knows-what-color and dyed black and white as a flamboyant fashion style (because black and white is her favorite. duh). She’s boney and old looking because she smokes heavily and has a fashion model background.  In Disney’s animated 101 Dalmations, Cruella De Vil is between 25 and 35 years old.

Mind blowing, right? But it actually shouldn’t be because the movie comes right out and tells you this…

How old do you think Anita is?

Early 20s at the youngest but probably mid to late 20s, right? Probably early 30’s by the time she marries and moves in with Roger (maybe it’s just the setting but while less uptight, she looks a little more mature at that time than when she first met him in the park). Certainly no older than 35 I’m sure you’d agree, yes?

Well… Do you remember how she knows De Vil? Cruella was “an old friend from college”… Not “the mother/aunt/neighbor/professor from someone in college” – but a peer.

Cruella and Anita are the same age…

Chew on that for awhile…

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