Cruella star Paul Thomas Hauser dismisses critics calling the film too dark for children saying, “You’re not watching dogs getting made into coats.”
Cruella star Paul Thomas Hauser responds to film reviews criticizing the new Disney film for being too dark. In the film, the actor plays the character of Horace, a long-time friend and ally to Stone’s Cruella. The recently released movie explores the origin story of the titular villain Cruella de Vil (Emma Stone) in London during the 1970s. The iconic antagonist was first introduced in a 1956 children’s novel called The Hundred and One Dalmatians. A few years later, Disney famously adapted the source material into a popular animated film of the same name. In 1996, a live-action film titled 101 Dalmatians featured Glenn Close as the campy and ruthless villain.
Upon its debut, Cruella has received notable praise for Stone’s casting. Many critics have applauded her whimsical and edgy turn as the memorable villain, acknowledging that her attempts to add a spiky depth to the character help anchor the narrative. At the same time, overall reviews remain mixed, with reviewers calling out the film’s muddled and meandering plot. Although rated PG-13, some viewers have also criticized the movie for its bleak origins, citing worries that it might lean too heavily into threatening themes unsuitable for children.