Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"The police are everywhere!" - Cruella De Vil Production Cel from 101 Dalmatians, 1961

Original hand painted production cel of Cruella De Vil set over an original production line overlay background cel together with a non-production watercolor background from "101 Dalmatians," 1961

Cruella De Vil (Devil with a space) is one of the greatest villains ever created by the Disney Animation Studios.  Along with the Evil Queen from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty," Cruella is one of the most well known characters!  Cruella and Maleficent were both created and animated by Marc Davis, one the greatest Disney animators (see discussion of him in prior posts).  Features of the character include: very thin body, exaggerated check bones, hair that is white on one side and black on the other, lit cigarette with smoke held in a long holder, elbow lengh red gloves, red high heels, black tight dress, fur coat with red lining, and a fur with animal tails purse.  I doubt that a Halloween has ever gone by without hordes of small (and large) Cruellas wondering the streets looking for candy!

Cruella was not a scheming villain like the Stepmother or the Evil Queen, but rather one that acts totally on impulse.  In some cases this reckless behavior involves tearing through snowy landscapes in her roadster or in the case of this cel, totally losing control over the lack of action by her henchmen Horace and Jasper.  In this cel she screams, "The police are everywhere!"

Framed original hand painted production cel of Cruella De Vil from "101 Dalmatians," 1961

To view this cel in the film, click on the short video below: