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101 Dalmatians (1996)

G  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  27 November 1996 (USA)
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A woman kidnaps puppies to kill them for their fur, but various animals then gang up against her and get their revenge in slapstick fashion.



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Fashion designer Anita and computer-game writer Roger meet, fall in love and marry along with their dalmatians Perdita and Pongo. But the proud dogs' puppies are kidnapped by Anita's boss Cruella De Vil, who is stealing young dalmatians to make the coat she has set her heart on. Enlisting the help of the British animal kingdom, Pongo and Perdita set out to find and rescue all ninety-nine pups from their fearsome captors, Jasper and Horace. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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So many dogs. So little time. See more »


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Release Date:

27 November 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

101 Dálmatas  »

Box Office


$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,073,479 (USA) (29 November 1996)


ITL 16,131,423,000 (Italy) (2 May 1997)

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Did You Know?


A major task for the film was finding and training more than 200 dalmatian puppies. See more »


The woodpecker in the film does not belong to a species native to the British Isles. See more »


[Horace is about to get out of the car, but gets caught on Jasper's mask]
Jasper: [thinking he's trying to take it] Fetch your own!
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, Cruella's laugh can be heard as the Walt Disney logo appears. See more »


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The Christmas Song
Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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Colorful, Cute & Clichéd
1 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that truly is - and I don't mean to use the cliché - entertaining whether you are a kid or an adult. The dalmatians and other animals are a lot of fun to watch.

Glenn Close must have had a lot of fun making this film, playing the evil "Cruela De Vil." Just as much fun, maybe more, were the two bumbling dog-nappers - Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams, I believe - idiots who were genuinely funny in their stupidity. Their dialog was hilarious.

There are nice colors in here, too, so a widescreen DVD is good to have if you enjoy this movie. I didn't find the surround sound to be much.

Speaking of clichés and such, there are some drawbacks here that were a little annoying to me, like overdoing the intelligence of the dogs, making them almost human-like with their abilities to understand English. In fact, it's taken to the absurd level level of some of the animals being smarter than humans. Please....give me a break! Also, you get the quick "film romance" in which two people (Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson) barely meet and already they are in love, getting married in no time. Please....give me a break!

Still, recommended if you want a want 103 minutes of a "cute" story and don't take any of it the least bit seriously as if anything in here could really happen.

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