- Contested Sequel: Was the movie better, worse, or on the same level as the first movie?
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: You should never give a second chance to anybody. S/he will most probably become evil again if s/he's anywhere near the Big Ben, anyway. Whoever wrote that must have missed the fact that Cruella wasn't the only character in probation.
- Ham and Cheese: Aside from Glenn Close as Cruella, fellow Oscar nominee Gérard Depardieu is also a Card-Carrying Villain, made even more flamboyant by ridiculous clothes that somewhat surpass Cruella's own.
- Moment of Awesome: Alonzo of all characters gets one near the end. After being pushed around by Cruella and Le Pelt, he finally rebels against both. He fights back against Le Pelt and, with the help of the workers there, is able to incapacitate him. Afterwards, he helps Chloe and Kevin escape from the cellar and tells them where Cruella is so that they can save the puppies and have her arrested.
- Moral Event Horizon: Cruella crosses it three times! First when she tries framing Kevin for dognapping, second when she imprisons Chloe in the secret room in her mansion, and the third when she locks Kevin and Chloe in Le Pelt's cellar, gloating on how it'll be fun to get away with murder.
- Tear Jerker: Weirdly enough, Cruella's relapse. She seems genuinely terrified of what she's becoming, with expressions and screams that basically translate to "No! I don't want to go back to that life!" Not helped by the very clear parallels of an addict relapsing back into addiction.
- Villain Decay: Cruella was noticeably less menacing than she was in the first (but still just as hammy).
YMMV / 102 Dalmatians