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[Hungry Dragon]Have we run out of ideas?


  For years, people lived happily without knowing or, indeed, thinking about what happened to Cruella de Vil before The Hundred and One Dalmatians. The clamour for a prequel was precisely zero, but they made a prequel. It came out last month and, in fairness, made $150 million at the box office. But put a packet of Hobnobs in front of anyone and they will probably eat them — production line goods do not prove that there is appetite, rather that people are always hungry.

  Next up, just announced, is a musical for Disney+ about what happened before Beauty and the Beast. The fairytale, written centuries ago, was turned into an animated film in 1991, before a live-action remake in 2017. There were songs