You know who is super cool and probably doesn’t even know it? Roger Radcliffe. Even his name sounds cool. His clothes are cool, his house is cool, his one hundred and one dalmatians are cool, his life is cool. Here’s why we have Roger envy.
He lives in this super stylish flat in London.
Just look at the period details on those windows! If we had a flat like that we’d be dripping with cool.
He’s mastered the carefully disheveled/unintentionally dapper thing that is key to cool style. The trick is, you have to try hard enough to choose the clothes, but also try not at all because the countervail to cool is effort. Cool is located in that careful balance, and Roger has it.
He’s a musician “of sorts,” according to Pongo. So that’s like saying “I’m a musician, but whatever.” Yet he still has that amazing flat. How do we go to parties at our sort-of-musician friend, Roger’s house?
He has a super cool dog. So stylish (we mean, stylish enough that Cruella wants a dalmatian coat for herself), and also a loyal dog who takes care of Roger instead of the other way around.
Also, are you noticing the pillow assortment in the background of this shot? Roger, you are so hip, how do you even live?
He’s a bachelor but he doesn’t care. Roger is just doing Roger, he doesn’t mind that he’s too focused on work to meet a nice girl. He doesn’t mind that his place is covered with clutter. He’s at a place in his life where he is a musician right now, and that’s just fine with him. Coooool.
He looks good in hats. Hats are very fickle things that do not make the wearer either cool or uncool, but rather, manage to show the cool or uncool that lies within. In Roger’s case, the hat test works out in his favor.
He’s got an accent. That point explains itself.
He knows how to play hard to get. He saunters past Anita like he hardly even notices that they would be the perfect pair. He’s not even playing it cool, he just IS that cool. And the result is Anita looking at him like “ooo who’s that?” .
He makes the best of bad situations. Knock a girl into a pond? Might as well make her laugh and then marry her.
He can make up a song at a moment’s notice. A good song, too.
He’s impetuous and will break out into song and dance in the living room, just ‘cause he found some inspiration all of a sudden.
He has a dalmatian plantation. Or at least we assume he does based on how the film ends. You’d have to be pretty cool to make lemonade out of all these adorable lemons.
Finally, he stands up to Cruella. Good clothes and music skills are cool and all, but it’s coolest to stick up for your puppies.