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The Hundred and One Dalmatians
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101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure
101 Dalmatians (1996 film)
101 Dalmatians: The Series
102 Dalmatians
Once Upon a Time
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Cruella's car is a vehicle owned by Cruella de Vil in the 101 Dalmatians franchise. In the books, it is black and white (like a moving zebra crossing), but in the animated films and TV series it is red. In the live-action film and its sequel, however, it is black and white like in the books. It should be noted that in the films, Cruella does not have a chauffeur (like in the books), but drives it herself. It crashes at the end of the first film.



In the first edition release of the Dodie Smith novel, Cruella's car is a large executive sized black-and-white striped saloon that strongly resembles an Austin Sheerline Limousine with features that came from a Talbot Lago-Record Type T26. The hood and the roof are black while the main body and fenders are entirely black-and-white striped (like a zebra crossing). In one of the next editions of the book, the car was based on a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I and the pre-war Rolls-Royce 40-50hp Phantom II 'Continental' Sports Saloon with horizontal black and white stripes. The vehicle is also known for having the loudest horn of England with a powerful engine that can travel two miles in two minutes, implying that it has either a V6 or a V8 engine.

The car was first seen being driven by a chauffeur in the first chapter of the book. The car pulls up to a large house as Cruella steps out of the house and has a brief conversation with the Dearly couple. Cruella later boasts to the couple about her car's horn being the loudest of all of England which she insists on sounding before leaving the house with her husband. Later, Cruella travels to Hell Hall with the car to instruct the Badun brothers to kill the puppies before heading back to London. In one chapter, while in a village with a bakery on fire, Pongo spots the car parked near the bakery with Cruella standing on top of the roof watching the bakery burn while her husband repeatedly blasts the horn, which gave the Dalmatians more time to escape. Soon after the fire was out, Cruella and her husband drove the car back to London traveling two miles within two minutes and repeatedly blaring the horn. In order to evade Cruella, the Dalmatians hid inside a large van while covering their eyes in order to prevent the car's headlights from reflecting their eyes as Cruella drives past them. The car was last seen heading back to Cruella's house after she and her husband attended a dinner party.

Animated Films[]

In One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Cruella's car is red with black trim. The headlights and front bumper look like a scowling face, and the hubcaps have a stylized "CD" on them. When Perdita hears the horn, she immediately recognizes it as belonging to Cruella.

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The front or Cruella's car in the 1961 animated film.

Cruella herself is shown to be pretty reckless when it comes to driving said car, such as making drifting turns in the streets, driving extremely fast in snowy conditions, and sometimes running other cars off the road. However, she always blames a near accident on whoever is on the receiving side of the near motor accident.

The car is shown to be very resistant to damage. It survives Cruella's reckless driving, smashing into a fence on the side of the road, crashing through a wooden barrier, falling into a ditch, and crashing through another fence with no visible damage. It only begins to break apart when Cruella jumps it through a grove of trees. At this point, the roof and bonnet of the car come off, showing the motor, which has flames in it. The car falls apart even more as it spins through the air after being rammed by Horace and Jasper's van.

When the Dalmatian pups reach Dimsford, Cruella drives her car around the village looking for them, before spotting the Dalmatians on the back of a moving truck. She chases after the van, trying to ram it off the road. Cruella's car eventually gets lodged onto the rear bumper of the van, before Horace and Jasper crash their own van into her, resulting in both of the villains' vehicles falling into a ditch.

The car is briefly seen at the start of Patch's London Adventure, where it is in a condition to where it's nearly falling apart. As Cruella drives down the road, more and more pieces fall off, until it's just the wheels, seat and engine.

Live-Action Films[]

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Cruella's Car in the 1996 remake of 101 Dalmatians.

In 101 Dalmatians, Cruella's car is shown to be black and white again, like in the novel, in the model of a Panther Deville. It is shown to have a license plate that reads: "De Vil" to match with Cruella's name.

It's the presence of this car that makes Anita know Cruella is visiting them, after she and Perdita return home from the doctor's/vet's. Cruella then drives to Devil Manor in Suffolk where, unaware to her knowledge, a skunk sneaks onto the passenger's seat of her car, which she later mistakes for her purse.

Roger later installs the car into his game demo, where the player Dalmatians (Patches and Wizzer) throw an explosive barrel at Cruella in the car.

At the start of 102 Dalmatians, Alonzo meets Cruella when she is released on parole with the car. However, Ella (as the reformed Cruella insists to be called) insists on driving them back.

When Cruella and Le Pelt take the Dalmatians to France, Oddball and Waddlesworth stow away in the car, so as not to be caught. Cruella then drives insanely through the streets of Paris, including being on the wrong side of the road and going down the wrong direction of a one-way street.

When Cruella is later arrested, Alonzo arrives at "Second Chance Shelter" in Cruella's car, which at first makes Chloe concerned Cruella has been released again. However, Alonzo claims that he wanted the honor to hand the check of Cruella's estate to the shelter.

Television Series[]


Cruella's car in the 101 Dalmatians: TV Series.

Cruella's car in 101 Dalmatians: The Series is shown to be red, like it is in the animated films.

Cruella's driving in it is shown to more even more chaotic than before; however, that could come from the car itself as it has shown to be quite erratical whoever's driving it (e.g. like Anita or the Dalmatian puppies themselves).

The car has been damaged a lot in The Series, such as being crushed into a cube via a harvester or crashing into the swamp (the latter having it be repaired by Swamp Rat).

On some occasions, the car is shown to give off fire trails, which sometimes sets fire to the pavement or bridges which it crosses.

When Cruella opens her Cruella World amusement park, the "Coup Go Round" has a design similar to "Dumbo the Flying Elephant" ride at Disneyland, only with Cruella's car instead of an elephant.

Once Upon a Time[]


Cruella's car in Once Upon a Time

Cruella's car appears in the second half of the fourth season of the ABC fairy tale fanstasy drama series Once Upon a Time. The model in the series is a modified 1980s Zimmer Golden Spirit and like in the novel and in the live-action films, the car is black and white with a licence plate that reads: "DEV IL"; however, the only difference is that it has red fury seating and left hand drive.

Cruella's husband and source of income is arrested by the FBI and she scarcely manages to snatch away one of her priceless fur coats before they take everything, just as Rumplestiltskin and Ursula approach her in order to strike a bargain - she aids in their plan, and she shall receive her happy ending. Cruella is enticed by the idea and agrees to drive the three of them in her vintage car to a quaint little town called Storybrooke, where magic is present. Once they get into the town, the two lady villainesses drive and meet up with Snow White and Prince Charming, who threaten to kill them should they reveal what happened all those years ago.

When Regina tries to spy on Cruella's ranks to test her, Cruella drives the car onto the middle of the train tracks, just as a train is coming. There, they play a game of chicken (in the first game, they use their magic to save themselves), where Regina uses her magic to lift the car onto the road, just as the train is about to hit them.

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Madeline's car looks similar to Cruella's in the animated 101 Dalmatians.

In "Sympathy for the DeVil", it is revealed that the car originally belonged to Isaac, the author, who gave it to Cruella. Because of the author's powers, he seems to have enchanted it, letting it drive on its own.

Cruella also seems to have a car just like hers in the underworld version of Storybrooke.

In showings of young Cruella, the car for her mother, Madeline, seems to have a similar look to that of the one in the animated 101 Dalmatians.

Video Games[]

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Cruella's car given a makeover in Disney Villains Challenge.

Some remote controlled versions of Cruella's car appear in 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue as a toy line, which Cruella tries to sell. She later uses them in her attempt to abduct the Dalmatian pups, although Domino and Oddball are usually able to counter them. The toys tend to drive around and sometimes play the sound of Cruella's laughing.

In the Disney Villains Challenge game, there are two challenges involving Cruella's car. One of which is where you need to use your finger to pin down Cruella's car, and the other where you need to give the car a makeover. In the game, it is referred to as a "roadster."

Cruella's car is also a playable vehicle with use of a Power Disc in Disney INFINITY. The car itself has higher speed and abilities than normal cars used in the game.

Behind the Scenes[]

Animated Film[]

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Filming the model cars.

Back in the '60s, Disney animators were using Xerox camera technology to translate pencil drawings on paper into line work on cels, which replaced the beautiful, traditional hand-painted cels in order to save money on creating animated films. During the production of One Hundred and One Dalmatians, the studio came up with an idea on how to animate Cruella's Car, the animators built an actual white model of her car out of cardboard with bold black lines on the edges.

To make the wheels articulate, the animators took a long piece of cloth, taped little pieces of wooden dowling underneath it and then put the car on top of the cloth suspended from a kite string, and then they would pull this long piece of fabric with all these pieces of wooden dowling underneath the wheels and they would shoot a take of that. To give it the look that the car had suspension they put in springs so it would have this little bouncy effect. The footage would then be run through the same Xerox process that was being used to transfer pencil line work onto cels and then painted to what was seen in the final film. When Cruella is seen driving her car up the hill of snow, a sand-like substance was used for it to drive through and shot it all in slow motion.

The process of shooting models with those black outlines worked very successful when making One Hundred and One Dalmatians and it was a clever idea to save money. The current status of the original model of Cruella's car remains in storage, mostly fully intact.


  • In 101 Dalmatians, when Cruella storms out of the Dearlys' house, and after she gets in the car and Jasper closes the door, her coat is shown to be stuck in said door.
  • The Internet automotive blog Jalopnik ranked Cruella's Car as #10 of the "greatest animated cars."
  • Madame Medusa, the main antagonist of The Rescuers, can be seen driving a car quite similar to Cruella's during the scene where Miss Bianca and Bernard see her leaving her pawn shop in New York City and follow her to the airport for her flight back to Devil's Bayou, LA.