Edna Mode (The Incredibles) and Evil Queen (Snow White) post, and even my most recent Prince Charming (Cinderella) post, I am fascinated by character inspiration and the connections one can make between art, pop culture, and animated characters. So, when I did a little research, I was pleasantly surprised to find such a connection in 101 Dalmatians. Furthermore, this connection dealt with one of my favorite movie villains: Cruella de Vil.
production notes available on the web and a post from the great Disney blog "Deja View" about the character development of Cruella as seen through various sketches. The latter is especially a great read and I encourage you to follow the link and read his stuff- it's really very interesting if you are interested in the Disney creative process.
|Original Book Illustration|
|Davis working with Betty Lou Gerson|
Think about it, the obvious and obnoxious showing off of her wealth, her Rolls Royce Phantom, her constant smoking, her bizarre fashion statements, and her obvious contempt for those "below" her. From this description, Cruella almost sounds like Norma Desmond's British cousin.
|Literally engulfed in flames, with crazed expression, Cruella becomes the|
classical embodiment of evil, living up to her name.
|The demon-phone, the fire-inspired color scheme and the maniacal laugh-|
elements that Davis uses to paint Cruella as a modern devil
and terrifying villain.