With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
Pongo and Perdita have a litter of 15 puppies. Cruella De Vil takes a fancy to the pups, and wants to get hold of them, as well as more pups, to make herself a lovely dalmatian skin coat... Cruella hires some thugs to kidnap the pups and hold them at her mansion. Will Pongo and Perdita find them in time ? Written by
Colin Tinto <email@example.com>
This is the movie that introduced me to dalmatians
The 17th animated Disney classic is a less ambitious film comparing to
earlier top Disney classics, but it is enjoyable enough anyway.
"Sleeping Beauty" nearly bankrupted the Disney studio. Perhaps because
of this and also because other extremely expensive Disney classics were
initially a failure, the Disney studio needed to make cheaper animated
films in a try to recover financial costs. This one is cheaper and more
simple in everything: story, designs, sceneries/backgrounds, colors,
picture quality, characters, etc...
It certainly doesn't have "that" magic and attention to detail which
makes Disney so legendary, but it doesn't deserve to be judged too
hardly. It isn't Disney at its worst, very far from that! The animation
is great as usual on Disney and this one also has lots of fun,
entertainment, danger, adventure, darkness, classic humor and even some
touching and depressing moments. The happy ending is another sign that
it follows the Disney tradition.
Although the artwork is way cheaper-looking than in the most artistic
Disney tales, is still in a good and acceptable level in many ways. It
is basically the same artstyle we see in "The Sword in the Stone" and
"The Jungle Book", for example. Simple and not extraordinary, but not
as poor-looking as in "Oliver & Company". Just for the record, I
consider "One Hundred and One Dalmatians" a better movie than "Oliver &
Company", "The Jungle Book" and "The Sword in the Stone".
However, there is one thing which the artwork of this movie is
brilliant: a brief scene which we can see the sparkling stars at night,
with an impressing resemblance to the fabulous artwork of the best
Disney classic ever, "Pinocchio".
The characters are very enjoyable in general. The most enjoyable are
Roger, the Colonel, Sargent Tibs, Pongo, Perdita and those adorable 99
dalmatian puppies. All of the puppies are adorable.
By the way, the first time I saw dalmatians was in this movie. I didn't
know that dog breed before, but ever since then they became one of my
favorite dog breeds. They're such cute spotty dogs! I love dalmatians
since I was a kid.
Returning to the conversation about the characters, Cruella DeVil isn't
one of my favorite Disney villains and I personally don't consider her
one of Disney's best villains, but she's one of the most eccentric and
original. I like her red car, nevertheless. She's got a beautiful and
fine automobile! Jasper and Horace are Cruella's sidekicks and they are
funny in many moments. They are just as cruel and heartless as Cruella,
but more comical. There are several hilarious moments with these two
guys. It's so funny how the dalmatians (with the help of other animals)
make their lives miserable, considering that they definitely deserve
it. This only accents the comical effect.
Pongo, Roger, the Colonel and Sargent Tibs are equally humorous
characters. In fact, Sargent Tibs (the cat) has always been one of my
favorite characters from this movie. He's funny, smart, clever,
well-mannered and cool.
This movie takes place in England. It takes us not only to London, but
also to other places that must be not very far from London... or maybe
they are. But wherever they are, those are all nice places, at least
judging by the movie's perspective.
About the soundtrack, it is generally great too. "Cruella DeVil" is a
delightful song (a perfect song for Cruella DeVil, describing her in
perfection). "Dalmatian Plantation" is a catchy one. "Kanine Kruchies
Jingle" is a lovely and cute song.
"One Hundred and One Dalmatians" had a "remake" in 1996, but as a
live-action version. The live-action version/remake has amazing
similarities to the animated version, being very faithful to it.
Although the live-action version is okay, I rather the animated version
with its simple and old-fashioned charm.
Overall, a charming Disney classic which might not be their best, but
deserves its attention too. It also features the voice talents of many
well-known Disney artists.
This should definitely be on Top 250.
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