Then there's the sand castle. Yup, we all remember our childhood trips to the beach, schlepping pails down to the water's edge, digging tunnels, moats and towers like the ones in Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, imagining ourselves soldiers defending the fort, or princesses up on the balcony being rescued by the prince.
It was actually Marc Davis' masterful work on the Mistress of All Evil for Sleeping Beauty that led to his being assigned Cruella de Vil. But given that 101 Dalmatians was Walt Disney Animation Studios' first film to be set in a contemporary setting, well, Davis wanted Cruella to be a real departure from everything that he'd done with Maleficent. He wanted her to be the first modern-day Disney villain.