You know the song, right? “Cruella DeVil, Cruella DeVil/If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will.”
But how did Cruella get so evil? Or is she actually evil at all? Disney’s newest movie, Cruella, takes a stab at answering both of those questions—and not necessarily in a way that parents would approve of.
Disney has always had its darker side. It’s not as if the wicked Queen in Snow White was a particularly nice woman. But lately, the Mouse House has zeroed in on its collection of memorable villains and, sometimes, asked us whether they’re quite so villainous after all. From Maleficent to its popular Descendants movies, Disney has given its bad guys new breadth, depth and, sometimes, problems.
Our team tackles Cruella and then expands the discussion to Disney villains in general, truly exploring the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s a fun, lively free-for-all that—a little like the villains we talk about—takes some surprising twists.
And if you want to check out anything we talk about on the show, take a look at the links below.
Plugged In Review: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Plugged In blog: “Who’s the Evilest of Them All?”
Plugged In Review: 101 Dalmatians
Plugged In Review: The Jungle Book (2016)
Plugged In Review: Maleficent
Plugged In Review: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Plugged In blog: “Maleficent Manages the Win”
Plugged In blog: “Cinderella: Belle of the Ball”
Plugged In Review: Joker
Plugged In Review: Dumbo (2019)
Plugged In Review: The Lion King (2019)
Plugged In Review: Mulan (2020)
Plugged In Review Pinocchio
Plugged In Review: 102 Dalmatians
Plugged In Review: Cobra Kai
Focus on the Family: Setting Media Standards
Focus on the Family: Making Wise Entertainment Choices
Plugged In: Tech Guide
Focus on the Family: How to Develop Media Intelligence in Your Home