Disney released the long-awaited trailer for the upcoming Cruella movie, starring Emma Stone.
However, not everyone is happy with it. Fans are accusing Disney of “normalising animal cruelty”
The live-action film is a prequel of sorts to 101 Dalmatians and will give viewers an origin story to the arch-villain Cruella de Vil.
Glenn Close previously played the role in 1996, and again in the 2000 sequel 102 Dalmatians.
In these films, de Vil was portrayed as ruthless and violent, much like her cartoon version. Close’s character was the big boss of a high fashion company.
Audiences so far feel that the trailer shows Cruella in a positive light, and they fear we are meant to “sympathise” with her.
Plenty of people have been making comparisons to Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker, which some also felt wasn’t harsh enough.
One critic wrote: “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 added: “If Disney try to soften Cruella it would fail because this isn’t about magic, but about fur farming and animal cruelty.”
Another says: “There is no possible way Disney can make me sympathize with [an] animal cruelty lover.”
Another animated film is receiving criticism for unrealistic body proportions. The short film, called Inner Workings, was released back in 2016. It wasn’t until recently that people revisited it and weren’t happy with the scale of the female characters.