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