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Face the music Joe Dolan song 'helped elevate scene', says director of Disney's Cruella

The Mullingar singer’s 1970 hit Good Looking Woman features in the new prequel to 101 Dalmatians


Joe Dolan

Joe Dolan

Joe Dolan

The director of Disney’s Cruella said that using a Joe Dolan song in the film helped to “elevate a scene and surprise” viewers.

The Mullingar singer’s 1970 hit Good Looking Woman features in the new prequel to 101 Dalmatians which stars Emma Stone as the notorious Cruella de Vil.

Good Looking Woman peaked at Number 4 in the Irish charts and hit Number 13 in the UK in 1972 for thirteen weeks. 

As Cruella is set in the 1970s, Dolan’s song fits the bill perfectly and is played just as the Baroness – played by Emma Thompson – prepares for a big fashion show.


Emma Stone in Cruella (Disney)

Emma Stone in Cruella (Disney)

Emma Stone in Cruella (Disney)


Director Craig Gillespie revealed that he chose more than a thousand possible songs to use in the film but eventually settled on the Irish musician’s tune for that scene.

Speaking to entertainment.ie about the process of choosing a soundtrack, he said: “I think it's impossible to figure out what I'm thinking about with music.

“My editor, we're very in tuned when we're working together. I often put together a collection of songs before I start, I've got like 1,400 songs on my Cruella playlist and when I'm on the set, I edit as I shoot, so I'll sometimes throw music on it to try things.”

He explained that he chose songs with “complex melodies” that would “elevate” scenes involving the Baroness.

“There's something about those ‘70s melodies that's foreboding, but also optimistic? Those melodies tend to be more complex than what's going on in the ‘80s, and I gravitate to that more,” Gillespie explained.

“But, you know, we go for these stately songs with her; some of the lyrics have a wit to them juxtaposed to what's going on. I'm always looking for something that will elevate a scene and surprise you as opposed to what you'd expect.”

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