Back in 1961, when the animated Disney classic one hundred and one dalmatian was first released, it could only be seen in theatres. Thanks to VHS tapes, grown-up Baby Boomer kids were able to share the delightful—and sometimes frightening—story with their children and grandchildren. A villainous character adopted by every generation was the evil Cruella de Vil. Which Hollywood legend inspired Cruella? Here we know.
Tallulah Bankhead Inspired a Villain
Based on the 1956 novel by English author Dodi Smith, one hundred and one dalmatian tells the story of a litter of 15 puppies from the home of Roger and Anita Radcliffe kidnapped by Cruella de Vil, inspired by the vain and greedy Tallulah Bankhead. His intention was to make the speckled skins of dogs into fur coats, and the plot line revolves around the many dogs that facilitate his rescue.
Along the way, the puppies’ parents, Perdita and Pongo, find and free an additional 84 polka-dotted baby dogs from pet stores. When combined with the original litter and the dog parents, comes to a total of 101 Dalmatians.
Walt Disney read Smith’s book and became an immediate fan. In fact, Disney liked the story so much, they decided to share it with the world through a cartoon film. He hired his best animators, including Mark Davis, who had previously worked with cinderellahandjob snow Whitehandjob Peter Pan, And sleeping Beauty To create unforgettable characters, and they did. Even with his expected evil witches and moustache Captain Hook, neither of those movies featured a character quite as diabolically as Cruella de Vil.
In 1985, Davis said Los Angeles Times That his artistic intention was to create a character that no one would want.
“I had several partial models in mind when I drew Cruella, including Tallulah Bankhead and a woman I knew was just a monster: she was tall and thin and talked incessantly — you never knew. What was she saying, but you couldn’t put a word in the edge.”
Ultimately, Davis chose to model de Vil after Bankhead, and the rest is animated history.
Some considered Bankhead to be wicked from De Vil.
Disney’s animators never revealed the names of the other women who may have inspired Cruella, but whoever she was, she was certainly no match for Bankhead, who humiliated wherever she went. and was known to leave a trail of cigarette butts.
Vanity Fair It even went so far as to say that De Vil was evil, but Bankhead was wild. Raspi-voice, Bankhead was twice expelled from convent schools and eventually blacklisted for being “unsuitable for the public” by Will Hayes, the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America. The 5’2″ theater veteran died in Manhattan on December 12, 1968, at the age of 66.
When radio actor Betty Lou Gerson was trying out voices for Cruella, she started out with a vocal similar to Bankhead. The studio owners listened, and told him that he didn’t need to go any further as a slightly comical voice was perfect for the mean and funny de Vil’s part.
Is a ‘101 Dalmatians’ Sequel Coming?
This summer, Disney released a new film about De Vil. bus title CruellaThe two-hour and 15-minute long film delves into the origins of one hundred and one dalmatian Opponent. Emma Stone, as the Titanic Character, Has a Notable Resemblance to Bankhead, Explains City Country And it’s certainly no accident.
Cruella Opens with Stone as an orphan, left motherless by a pack of Dalmatians, who push her parents off a cliff. Cruella travels to London where she becomes a con artist. Eventually, Cruella is caught by an evil Baroness and becomes her fashion hero. Shortly after, Cruella learns that the Baroness, played by Emma Thompson, planned her mother’s demise.
By the end of the film, Cruella, driven by revenge, is on her way to becoming a loathsome anti-hero fan of the original Disney film. a scene shown during Cruella The credits hint at a sequel and open up the possibility of a new live-action 101 Dalmatians film, tell gaming ideology. Whether either of the two happens remains to be seen.
According to multiple clues, ‘Cruella’ is setting up Disney for a live-action remake of ‘101 Dalmatians’