- Disney’s Cruella hit theaters on May 28.
- Emma Stone stars as the infamous Cruella de Vil.
- Fans have been making hilarious memes about Cruella’s origin story.
I actually really liked Cruella. Certainly more than I expected to, you know, considering the fact that I’m a 28-year-old dude, firmly putting me in the demographic that this movie was not made for. You can check out my full review here, where I gush about the immaculate craftsmanship and the performances from the Academy Award-winning duo of Emma Stone and Emma Thompson.
That said — and maybe it’s a result of me seeing the movie alone and not having anyone to joke about it with — but I hadn’t realized how absurd Cruella’s origin story actually is, particularly when it comes to her, uh, obsession (?) with Dalmatians.
Warning: spoilers for Cruella will follow.
If you’ve seen the film, then you know Cruella’s mother — who actually isn’t her birth mother, but rather, a watchful guardian — was killed by an onrushing trio of Dalmatians controlled by Emma Thompson’s evil Baronness.
This is, objectively, an absurd way for someone to be sent on their villainous path, which naturally led to Twitter doing what it does best: meme-ing the hell out of the moment.
You’re laughing, Dalmatians murdered Cruella’s mom and you’re laughing pic.twitter.com/C7LR1GYWvc
— self-identified emo (@ThyArtIsMemes) May 29, 2021
looking forward to the upcoming Disney movie GASTON, in which we will get to see Gaston's parents murdered by literacy and respect for women
— Janel Comeau (@VeryBadLlama) May 29, 2021
pov: you're cruella's mom pic.twitter.com/oqlspvpfaM
— chief imagineering officer of antifa (@IAmGryphoneer) May 29, 2021
Cruella explaining how she became evil pic.twitter.com/Epqp2HR1cS
— Will Kellogg (@Will_Kellogg) May 29, 2021
Cruella de Vil doing the Oldboy hallway fight scene on 101 Dalmatians
— Jae Bearhat (@fussybabybitch) May 29, 2021
Making assets for Cruella Review is going well pic.twitter.com/hg5b86bs0l
— Weekend Warrior (@wwarrior_1) May 30, 2021
we are the granddaughters of the women the dalmatians couldn’t kill
— krista lauren 🍰🍮🍪 🇦🇲 (@romanathethird) May 30, 2021
HERE MUM GETS KILLED BY DALMATIANS
FUNNIEST SHIT I'VE SEEN
IS THIS A JOKE
IT FEELS LIKE A JOKE pic.twitter.com/nuBCN7hVgA
— Weekend Warrior (@wwarrior_1) May 28, 2021
— Machiavelli/2 (@MNetwork0) May 28, 2021
Cruella's mother is killed by Dalmatians despite Dalmatians being notable for being friendly, sociable dogs so Disney just fucked this up from every conceivable angle really.
— Windows98 Tech Support (@Win98Tech) May 28, 2021
the dalmatians in Cruella (2021): pic.twitter.com/ID3GvsOmIY
— InsertCleverNameHere, Agent of G.I.R.L. (@neufonewhodis) May 28, 2021
"cruella wants a puppy-skin coat because some dalmatians pushed her mother off a cliff into the sea when she was a child" is mildly chuckleworthy but "the big villain intentionally sent the dalmatians to knock her off a cliff For The Evil Of It" has me on the floor
— beanie baby divorce court (@tanklesbian) May 28, 2021
Despite the patently absurd nature of Cruella’s disdain for Dalmatians, Disney’s Cruella is very much worth the watch, which you can check out either in theaters or on Disney+ Premier Access for $29.99. We spoke with Mark Strong, who stars in the film as John the Valet, about his role in Cruella and his career at large, so definitely make sure to check that out as well.
INTERVIEW: Mark Strong Wants To Be The Bad Guy