In Cruella, there are many twists and turns which explain how the young Estella (played by Emma Stone) becomes the cruel, animal-hating fur-obsessive we know from 101 Dalmatians. While there may be some gaps in the story, there is one major connection to 101 Dalmatians which attempts to explain how those events could have taken place, and why Cruella is the De Vil we all know.
Is there a scene after the credits in Cruella?
WARNING: Cruella spoilers ahead
There is not a post-credits scene, however, there is a mid-credits scene.
In the mid-credits scene, Cruella does something rather surprising, but it does explain how two dogs – Pongo and Perdita – end up in the care of their owners ahead of 101 Dalmatians.
It does not entirely explain Cruella’s feelings towards dalmatians, or animals for that matter, or explain how she could go from this point to wanting to skin the dogs for her coats.
Nevertheless, in the mid-credits scene, Cruella helps the Baroness’s (Emma Thompson) dalmatian give birth to two puppies.
She takes these two puppies and gives them away to two people in her life: her childhood friend Anita (Kirby Howell-Baptiste) and the Baroness’ former lawyer, Roger (Kayvan Novak) who was unceremoniously sacked.
In this version of events, Roger is given the task of stopping a young, unknown fashion designer called Cruella from upstaging the Baroness at events.
Throughout the film, Cruella tortures the Baroness by turning up at her fashion shows or big parties in elaborate costumes, thus showing her design abilities as being much greater than the Baroness’.
The Baroness wishes for Roger to issue this girl some kind of ‘cease and desist’ letter, to stop her antics, but he does not stop her.
In the end, as a result, the Baroness fires him, and he is forced to find a new job: as a songwriter.
In the mid-credits scene, Cruella gives each of Anita and Roger a dog, giving Pongo to Roger and Perdita to Anita.
As we know from the beginning of 101 Dalmatians, these two dogs take a liking to each other sometime later, as do their owners.
As well as this, Roger starts writing his new, famous song: ‘Cruella De Vil.’
The mid-credits scene does not entirely lead up to the live-action 101 Dalmatians from 1996, as in this film Anita works for Cruella, having not known her growing up.
As well as that, another change from 1996 is Roger’s job, which has been kept the same as in the original cartoon.
In the 1996 version, Roger is a video game designer, which Cruella despises, however in the cartoon he is, in fact, a songwriter, so Cruella is harking back to the original here.
Similarly, Anita is interested in fashion in the 1996 version, but in the original cartoon, and here, she is not a fashionista, and instead is friends with Cruella from years gone by.
It may be this leaves room for another version to be made, perhaps a new live-action remake of the original cartoon which keeps more closely to the story.
Cruella is in cinemas and on Disney Plus now