#60: “Hello, Cruel Heart” by Maureen Johnson, The Official Tie-In Young Adult Novel for Cruella (2021)


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If she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will. Hosts Courtney and Emily discuss Maureen Johnson’s, “Hello, Cruel Heart,” in honor of Disney’s latest live action film, “Cruella.” Before Cruella became the fur frenzied fashion icon that we know from the 1961 animated film, 101 Dalmatians, Cruella was Estella. “Hello, Cruel Heart” is a young adult novel that takes place before the events of “Cruella” focusing on Estella's (Cruella) teenage years as an aspiring fashion designer in 1967 London. You’ll be surprised how little Dalmatian there is in the book, but instead you get the fabulous fashion and music scene of the swinging ‘60s. Before you watch “Cruella”, enjoy “Hello, Cruel Heart.” You might identify with this Disney villain more than you realize.

**Warning: This episode contains spoilers of the recent Disney live action feature “Cruella” **

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