To be fair, isn't that the same thing Disney did with Maleficent where they made her not evil because IDK Disney thinks audiences don't want to watch a movie where the protagonist is a baddie or something?
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With how she and the antagonist lady have a different ridiculous outfit every scene, I’m convinced the entire movie is a scheme by the producer to promote some of their fashion designer buddiesWhat makes it bizarre though is that she isn't the character from the original movie and doesn't develop any weird hatred toward dogs. Like, people made a lot of hay out of that scene when it was just in trailers before the movie was released, but it's a red herring within the Cruella movie itself, and they even make a feint in the movie that she's killed those same dalmatians, except that nope, she bonded with them and would never hurt a dog don't be silly.
Then there's the after-credits scene for maximal weird, which seems to hamfistedly attempt to set up circumstances for the original movie while still not making Cruella the character she'd need to be for it, and also introducing puppy incest.
I hope it's successfully killed prequels and made them as fundamentally silly to everyone as they've always been to the rest of us. Because it certainly indulges in every prequel trope there is out there in the world. But it also doesn't work as a prequel at all, and I don't think it was trying very hard.