Is Disney's Cruella OK for Kids?

Emma Stone as Cruella - Image from Walt Disney Studios


Cruella recently released in theaters and on Disney Plus with Premier Access to overwhelming favorable reviews, but with a PG-13 rating is it safe to tune into Disney's Cruella with your kids?  

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Is Disney's Cruella OK for Kids?


Disney's Cruella is a visual masterpiece with an amazing soundtrack.  It's an origin story of one of Disney's most iconic villains.  Similar to the origin story of Maleficent in the movie of the same name and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, it's a story I didn't know I needed.  We always think of villains as the "bad guys" - they must have always been that way, right?  The unique perspective that origin movies bring, show us that these most famous characters weren't born evil, they were made that way.  And in these movies, the villain is rarely the villain.  

Cruella follows her from childhood, to rebellious teen, to aspiring fashion designer, and then the fall as she closes off her heart to love and dreams.  We watched the movie as a family even with the PG-13 rating.  My 6 and 9 year old boys have watched some of the Marvel movies with us as well so I was expecting the main concern to really be violence.  Cruella's PG-13 rating really comes primarily from the violence and adult themes for lack of a better way of putting it.  There certainly wasn't an abundance of language or blood, guts, and gore to worry about as well as no nudity or sexual content.  Viewers basically watch Cruella being broken down over the years until she, well. . .snaps.  


Emma Thompson as the Baroness in Cruella - Image from Walt Disney Studios



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A different question may be whether or not your kids will want to watch Cruella and enjoy the viewing.  My oldest was very nonchalant about the movie from the get-go.  The story is mature in that you have to pay attention to the interactions of the characters and the dialogue - not just the explosions and the "flashy" parts to really understand the movie.  He zoned out the first half of the film and when it jogged his interest later as the story began to reach it's pinnacle, he was a little lost.  On the other hand, my 6 year old was glued from the beginning and loved every minute of it.  He needed some help making sense of the world of Cruella as he doesn't have a concept of being an orphan and growing up having to steal to survive.  

Cruella's soundtrack is killer, the costumes are out-of-this-world, and both Emmas (Stone and Thompson) slay in their performances.  The movie definitely won't disappoint.  If you're kids want to watch, there's nothing too over-the-top warranting the PG-13 rating.  I would let them lead the way though and watch when they want to tune in as they'll have to pay attention to really follow the nuances of the story.

About Cruella (From Walt Disney Studios)


Cruella Key Art - Image from Walt Disney Studios



“Cruella, which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense & Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.Disney’s “Cruella” arrives early on all major digital platforms on June 25 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on Sept. 21. Consumers can enjoy never-before-seen bonus footage and deleted scenes in stunning Ultra HD™ quality and Dolby Atmos.