PETA has also issued a statement saying, "The devil is in the details, and Cruella must remind viewers that animals are individuals - not accessories - and to adopt them."
'Cruella' has been the talk of the town ever since the first trailer hit social media. People are extremely excited about the Emma Stone starrer and many even opined that the movie feels more like 'The Joker' rather than 101 Dalmatians.
Joker (2019) dir. Todd Phillips || Cruella (2021) dir. Craig Gillespie pic.twitter.com/Bfe4ipZmem— HYPE Podcast 🎙 (@elhyp3) February 20, 2021
From the trailer, we noticed that Cruella is set in 1970s London. It shows Stone playing the role of an aspiring punk designer — and a grifter — as she works her way to get the attention of the wealthiest people in the city. This eventually paves the way for her transformation as the infamous Cruella de Vil. The movie has an incredible cast with Stone starring alongside Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, Paul Walter Hauser, Emily Beecham, and Mark Strong.
While the trailer was extremely well-received, there was one section of the audience who were quite unhappy with Disney. People are now calling out Disney for promoting and normalizing animal cruelty with Cruella.
So are we just not going to talk about how the Cruella trailer makes the dalmatians to be the bad guys? Guys I think they want us to relate to the Women whose eventual goal is to kill puppies. pic.twitter.com/2OICVGpUCP— The Superior Exalted Speed (@Exalted_Speed) February 18, 2021
In fact, even PETA took notice of the trailer and issued a statement regarding the same. They said: "Nobody shows the cruelty of skinning animals better than Cruella, but PETA's praise will be on paws until @Disney takes steps to stop a repeat of '96's 101 Dalmatians when shelters were flooded with dogs reportedly discarded by fans who weren't prepared for puppies to grow up."
The devil is in the details, and Cruella must remind viewers that animals are individuals — not accessories — and to adopt them.— PETA (@peta) February 17, 2021
"The devil is in the details, and Cruella must remind viewers that animals are individuals - not accessories - and to adopt them." PETA also fears that the movie might lead to a rise in Dalmatian puppy sales in the lead-up to Disney's Cruella movie.
Taking a leaf from Maleficent and The Joker, Disney has decided to release Cruella, forgetting that people don't like watching people hunt puppies for fashion...— Lannah le Fey (@LannahMarshall) February 17, 2021
You know, like that villain in that Dalmation movie.
I've watched the trailer, and I hints at the fact she'll one day steal 101 Dalmatians for their skin, but you'd be forgiven for totally forgetting that. It has crazy-girl-boss vibes and it makes me uncomfortable.— Lannah le Fey (@LannahMarshall) February 17, 2021
Of course, since only the trailer is out, it will be difficult to judge anything until the movie drops in May this year. Many social media users took to Twitter to share how Disney is providing a backstory for Cruella that might allow viewers to "sympathize" with her. One Twitter user said: "Taking a leaf from Maleficent and The Joker, Disney has decided to release Cruella, forgetting that people don't like watching people hunt puppies for fashion... You know, like that villain in that Dalmation movie."
They later continued: "If Disney try to soften Cruella it would fail because this isn't about magic, but about fur farming and animal cruelty."
No, Disney, I’m so not here for you trying to spin animal cruelty and murdering puppies for fashion into any sort of villain redemption story. Hard pass.— Alex Harrow (he/they) (@AlexHarrowSFF) February 17, 2021
Another added: "No, Disney, I’m so not here for you trying to spin animal cruelty and murdering puppies for fashion into any sort of villain redemption story. Hard pass." A third added: "There is no possible way Disney can make me sympathize with [an] animal cruelty lover."
While most of us grew up watching Glenn Close portray the infamous villain in Disney's 1996 movie, 101 Dalmatians, and its 2000 sequel 102 Dalmatians, Emma Stone definitely has some big shoes to fill. Cruella is set to release in theaters on May 28, 2021, however, depending on the pandemic situation -- that may change anytime. In that sense, it can also go the Mulan way and release directly on Disney, alongside a theatrical release.
Meanwhile, check out the trailer below: