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When Glenn Close appeared on the set as Cruella in full fright wig, make-up, and costume, one of the dogs playing Perdy repeatedly tried to slink away.
Two hundred thirty dalmatian puppies and twenty adult dalmatians were used during filming.
Filmmakers rubbed Jeff Daniels' face with raw hot dogs in order to get the pups to lick him on cue.
Despite her character's passion for fur coats, Glenn Close insisted her character wear fake fur coats.
Jeff Daniels (Roger) says that on more than one occasion, he heard an authoritative voice on the dog-strewn set shout "Sit!" and immediately plopped himself into a chair only to be told, "Not you, Jeff."
Writer John Hughes made more money from this movie than any other movie in his career, because his contract gave him a piece of the merchandising profits.
A major task for the film was finding and training more than two hundred dalmatian puppies.
The dogs in Roger's games are exact replicas of the animated characters in the original 101 Dalmatians (1961) film.
The car that Cruella De Vil drives is a Panther DeVille.
Glenn Close initially rejected the role of Cruella due to scheduling conflicts with the stage musical "Sunset Blvd." The producers then offered the role to Sigourney Weaver, who also declined. Cathy Moriarty did a screentest for the role, but was later deemed too frightening for a children's film. By that time, Close had ended her run on Broadway, and when the producers offered her the role again, she accepted.
Approximately seventeen thousand items of merchandising were produced in support of the film.
To get the dogs to lick the humans, they had steak juice daubed on their skin.
Penny, Freckles, Rolly, and Pepper aren't seen nor mentioned in the live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians (1961).
Of the original fifteen puppies, six are named - Lucky, Jewel, Dipstick, Fidget, Two Tone, and Whizzer.
Hugh Grant was offered the Jeff Daniels part.
For her character Cruella De Vil, Glenn Close based her vocal enunciations on Joanna Lumley's Patsy from the Britcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992), most especially Lumley's plummy vocal quality.
While Joely Richardson stars in this Disney remake, her older sister, Natasha Richardson, starred in another Disney remake The Parent Trap (1998).
This movie was never aired on any pay-television network, up until 2016, when this film was a part of HBO and Cinemax's catalogue of archival titles from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. HBO and Cinemax were the first and only pay-television networks to air this film.
The Disney computer game "101 Dalmations Animated Storybook", which takes the user through the story in interactive ways, has a mixture of story elements from both the animated and live-action "101 Dalmations" movies. In the game, most details follow the animated version of the film. However, Roger and Anita have the same jobs as in the live film: Roger's a Video Game Designer, and Anita works for Cruella as a Clothing Designer, which gave Cruella the nasty idea for a genuine Dalmation coat. In the original animated film, Roger was a songwriter, and Anita's job was never mentioned. She did not work for Cruella, and knew her only as an old school mate. Also in the game, Roger and Anita meet in the park while taking their dogs for a walk. They end up colliding simultaneously in the pond, as they do in the animated film. However, they do so while on their bicycles, which was a detail exclusively from the live-action film. The game also shows only one dog rescuing the puppies from the De Vil manor. This is a detail similar to the live-action movie, while in the animated movie, a cat and dog banded together to save the puppies.
Glenn Close is allergic to tobacco, so she smoked herbal cigarettes throughout the film.
A veterinarian was always on-set while filming scenes with the dalmatians.
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Hugh Laurie and Tim McInnerny appeared in The Black Adder (1982) series.
Dalmatian dogs originally come from Croatia, and the people from the south call themselves Dalmatians.
The scene where Skinner first arrives outside the de Vil mansion, is similar to the famous scene in The Exorcist (1973), where Father Merrin first arrives at the McNeil household to perform the exorcism.
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Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams appeared in The Borrowers (1997).
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Released in the U.S. thirty-five years, ten months, and two days after the original 101 Dalmatians (1961).
The two movies that the original pups are watching on television are The Aristocats (1970) and Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993), both Disney movies.
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Glenn Close felt that John Hughes wrote Cruella De Vil as too soft a villain, hoping to play a "bitchier and funnier" take than what Hughes had envisioned. She turned to the 1961 animated film for inspiration and delightedly mined several lines of dialogue seen as politically incorrect in 1996, such as Cruella's open suggestions of bludgeoning and drowning the dogs. Close felt that making the character more extreme made her more "well-defined... the whole deal is seeing the villain get her comeuppance." The effort worked strong enough that Close terrified several animals on set.
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In the movie, the puppies are watching The Aristocats (1970), which came out nine years after 101 Dalmatians (1961). Both were Disney animated films.
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Sigourney Weaver was originally intended to portray Cruella de Vil.
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When the puppies receive collars. Jewel's collar is pink indicating it is a female. If you looks closely, the puppy playing Jewel is actually male.
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The video game, 101 Dalmatians: Escape From DeVil Manor (1998), features scenes from Roger's finished video game at the end of the movie.
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Joe Roth, head of production at Disney, went on to produce several other live-action remakes of animated Disney films.
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The UK newspaper, "The Independent", that featured the arrest of Cruella de Vil read by Jeff Daniels' character near the end of the movie, ceased printed publication on Mar 20, 2016.
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Peter Hewitt was approached to direct this, but decided to make The Borrowers (1997) instead.
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After all 101 dalmatians have been rescued and loaded up in police cars to be taken home, Pongo barks twice out the car window to the Hero Dog, who barks three times in reply. Given the context, the rhythm of the barks sounds like "thank you" and "you're welcome."
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