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What Is The Song In The New Cruella Trailer?

Disney's upcoming Cruella looks about as stylish as a film about a villainous fashion designer should. The film, which stars Emma Stone as the iconic Disney villain, promises to give viewers the Cruella de Vil origin story they never saw coming. Set in the 1970s punk rock era of London, Cruella follows Stone's Estella, an aspiring and brilliant young fashion designer, as she works to make a name for herself in the London fashion scene. Along the way, she crosses paths with fashion legend Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson), whose relationship with Estella will set her on her path to becoming the villainous Cruella de Vil.

Following the release of the first Cruella trailer back in February, Disney has unveiled the second full-length trailer for the upcoming film online today. Clocking in at just over two minutes, the new Cruella trailer continues to tease the film's unique setting, and the central rivalry between Stone's Estella and Thompson's Hellman. Notably, the Cruella trailer is also driven by a song that, despite the film's very specific 1970s setting, dates back to the 1960s and '40s.

The song in the new Cruella trailer is a Doris Day cover from the 1960s

Anyone familiar with songs of the '60s or '40s may recognize the song playing throughout the newest Cruella trailer. The song is called "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps," and the version featured in the trailer is the one sung by Doris Day, which was originally released back in 1964. Day's cover was not the first version of "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" though. In fact, the song was originally written in Spanish in 1947 and was called "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás." It was later translated into English in 1948, with Desi Arnaz of I Love Lucy fame singing on the first official recording of the translated version.

Thematically, the lyrics of "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" don't seem to connect to Cruella in any tangible way. The song takes the point of view of a person who is unsure if their romantic partner really loves them or not, and since Cruella doesn't appear to be interested in romance of any kind (as far as we know), it seems pretty likely that it was chosen for the trailer simply because of how it sounded. To the trailer's credit, "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" does work well with the overall rhythm and mood that it's selling too.

All in all, the trailer (and its song) do a good job of selling Cruella's specific tone and story. However, whether or not the trailer will be able to dissuade viewers that the similarities between Cruella and 2019's Joker aren't as strong as many currently believe, remains to be seen.