‘Cruella’ Ending Explained: How Does the End Credits Scene Connect to ‘101 Dalmatians’?

Warning: This article accommodates main Cruella spoilers. Don’t learn it till after you’ve seen the movie—until you’re keen on spoilers as a lot as Cruella loves fur coats. 

Cruella, which is now taking part in in theaters and streaming on Disney+, performs quick and unfastened with the unique 101 Dalmatians films. That’s just about a requirement for those who’re going to make a film that sympathizes with Cruella de Vil, the Disney villain identified for murdering puppies to make their fur right into a coat.

If you’re keen to play alongside, then you definately’ll have a great time. Emma Stone‘s version of Cruella is not a rich, sadistic old lady, but a working-class, punk-rock orphan who dreams of being a fashion designer. Her dreams start to come true when she goes to work for the ruthless designer Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson)—until Cruella discovers that the Baroness killed her mother. Then she decides to exact revenge instead, a feat that ultimately involves stealing the Baroness’s two dalmatians.

But regardless of the indisputable fact that a lot of the film capabilities extra like an alternate universe than a prequel, the Cruella ending brings it again to the unique animated Disney movie with a bombshell revelation about Pongo and Perdy that can have 101 Dalmatians followers scratching their heads. Read on for a breakdown of the Cruella after-credits scene and the Cruella ending defined.

Is there a Cruella finish credit scene?

While there may be not a bonus scene at the very finish of the Cruella credit, there’s a Cruella mid-credits scene. After the preliminary solid record—accompanied by a brand new unique track by Florence + The Machine, “Call me Cruella”—the film fades again in on Roger (actor Kayvan Novak) taking part in piano in his residence. If you’ll recall, Roger is the Baroness’s former lawyer. Cruella advised the viewers by way of voiceover that he blamed her for getting him fired.

Suddenly, Roger’s doorbell rings. He solutions it to discover a bundle with an cute dalmatian pet inside, signed with a notice from Cruella that reads, “Meet Pongo! Enjoy, Cruella.”

Meanwhile, Cruella’s childhood-friend-turned-journalist, Anita (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), additionally receives a gifted pet on her doorstep with a notice from Cruella that reads, “Meet Perdita! See you soon, Cruella.”

The last shot of the scene exhibits Roger at his piano, taking part in the famed “Cruella de Vil” theme track. As the digital camera pulls again, we see the messy attic room that he’s in—one that appears very related to the aesthetic of the animated Roger from the 1961 movie, One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The implication is that the villain Cruella de Vil was truly the one who gave her nemesis their canines—presumably puppies of the canines she stole from Emma Thompson however didn’t truly kill.

Roger in 101 Dalmatians
Photo: Disney+

What is the Cruella ending, defined?

The Cruella ending implies that Anita and Roger in Cruella—aka Cruella’s childhood good friend and the Barnoness’s ex-lawyer—are rebooted characters as the animated Anita and Roger from the 1961 cartoon, One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

I say “reboot” for just a few causes. First, the final names utilized in the 2021 movie—Roger Dearly and Anita Darling—are the final names utilized in the unique 1956 youngsters’s novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians. In the 1961 film, the names have been modified to Roger and Anita Radcliffe. (Though the 1996 live-action movie modified it again to “Dearly.”)

Second, Cruella takes place in the Nineteen Seventies. The occasions of the animated 1961 movie—which, primarily based on the age of these puppies, would come a minimum of 5 years later—clearly don’t happen in the late Nineteen Seventies or early Eighties. That timeline additionally doesn’t line up with the 1996 live-action movie, 101 Dalmations, until we’re to consider that Pongo and Perdy are 25-year-old canines in that film.

So… how is Cruella related to 101 Dalmatians?

If you’re making an attempt to wrap your thoughts round how Cruella matches into the 101 Dalmatians timeline, I wouldn’t pressure your self. Yes, Cruella is technically an origin story prequel for Cruella de Vil. Yes, there are quite a lot of character overlaps, together with Cruella’s cronies Jasper and Horace (performed by Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams in the 1996 movie, and Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser in the 2021 movie.) But it’s extra of a reboot-prequel than the rest.

The Cruella after-credits scene is a enjoyable nod to the unique cartoon however doesn’t have any significant place in the different films’ canon, primarily based on the many different particulars which have been modified. If you select to settle for that Cruella de Vil is the unique proprietor of Pongo and Perdy, extra energy to you, however I’m selecting to get pleasure from this as an AU fanfiction, thanks very a lot.

But whether or not Cruella is kicking off a reboot of 101 Dalmatians starring Kirby Howell-Baptiste and Kayvan Novak? Well, that’s a unique query completely.

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