"Cruella de Vil" (CD single)

Music review by
Heidi Kotansky, Common Sense Media
"Cruella de Vil" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Rockin' remake of classic Disney tune.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Some scary lyrics for kids ("All innocent children better beware/she likes a spider waiting for a kill/If she doesn't scare you/no evil thing will"), but if they can sit through the movie, they'll be fine listening to the song.

Sexy Stuff

Obvious tie-in to Disney, 101 Dalmatians, and Wizards of Waverly Place.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that your tween will be into this star of Wizards of Waverly Place because she's in heavy rotation on Radio Disney. This single is a remake of the classic tune from 101 Dalmatians, and talks about how scary Cruella De Vil is.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 8-year-old Written byMKCC December 20, 2009


I am 8 and I think the song is very good.
Parent of a 11 and 18+-year-old Written byrainydayqueen June 19, 2009
Teen, 16 years old Written byhamstergurl09 January 22, 2011

No. Just No.

The original version of the song is WAY better than the Selena Gomez version. The song "Cruella de Vil" was not meant to be some kind of pop song. Sel... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old December 13, 2010

Really for anyone

I think it is perfectlly fine and anyone over 4 should be fine. Maybe some young kids might be afraid of how the song describes Cruella De Vil but if your kid i... Continue reading

What's the story?

CRUELLA DE VIL is the theme song of sorts of the mean main character in the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians. It's been updated by Selena Gomez to include guitar-heavy riffs in the chorus.

Is it any good?

It's been updated by Selena Gomez to include guitar-heavy riffs in the chorus.

Sometimes it's not a great idea to mess with a classic, but Gomez' remake of this well-known Disney tune, makes it more accessible to tweens today. With a hint of Christina Aguilera, Gomez nails every note and breaks out of the suppressed "Disney" voice to let herself rock. Just try getting this catchy tune out of your head.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Disney empire. How effective is their marketing? Why do you think they're such a tight-knit company? How do you feel about how they groom their stars?

Music details

  • Artist: Selena Gomez
  • Release date: May 20, 2008
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Disney
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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