101 Dalmatians is one hour and twenty - nine minutes and was released to theaters on January 25, 1961. The main story is that Roger and Anita Radcliffe own two adult dalmatians Pongo and Perdita and Perdita have given birth to fifteen dalmaitians. Cruella de Vil has made a deal with Anita to buy her dalmatians when the puppies have their spots. However, Roger stands up to Cruella de Vil and reneges on the deal and this makes Cruella mad. Cruella send Jasper and Horace to kidnap the puppies. Pongo and Perdita send out a Twilight Bark to other dogs for help to find their puppies. Pongo and Perdita get a response and the two are off to rescue their puppies. With the help with some other dogs and farm animals all 101 dogs are save and Roger and Anita keep all 101 dalmatians.
Some trivia for the reader; someone with a lot of time on his or her went to count the dog's black spot frame by frame and came to a total of 6,469,952. Because the Disney Studios lost money on Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians was film using photocopying technology (Xerography) and that set the style for film making for the next twenty years with the exception of the Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Cruella de Vil character is based on the actress Tallulah Bankhead. 101 Dalmatians won a BAFTA award in 1961 for the Best Animated Film. Three dogs from "Lady and the Tramp" make a cameo appearance: Peg, the Bulldog, and Jacque. Of all the fifteen puppies only six actually have names. Although 101 Dalmatians may not make Disney's 10 all time greatest list, it is still a good movie to watch. 101 Dalmatians gets an AAA+++.
Chapter Selection Bonus Material I. Theatrical Trailer II. Film Recommendations a. Hercules b. Mulan c. The Lion King II Simba's Pride d. A Bug's Life e. 101 Dalmatians - Live Version f. Mary Poppins Set Up I. Spoken Languages a. English b. French c. Spainish II. Captions Play
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