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55 years ago today, Cruella de Vil made her big-screen debut

25 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

55 years ago today, audiences got to meet Pongo, Perdita, Patch, and 98 more spotted puppies when “101 Dalmatians” opened in theaters. The film is often credited with saving Disney Animation — 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty” under-performed at the box office, leading to massive layoffs. Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother, even tried to convince Walt to shut down their animation department and shift focus to TV production. Fortunately for Baloo, Ariel, Simba, Elsa and all the animated Disney greats that were yet to come, “101 Dalmatians” was a box office hit — it was the 10th highest grossing film of 1961 in the U.S. and Canada. And the characters of “101 Dalmatians” have made their mark on pop culture in the 55 years since. Cruella de Vil, the movie’s villain who wants to turn the puppies into a dog-skin fur coat, ranked at #39 on AFI’s list of the top 50 movie villains of all time. Glenn Close »

- Emily Rome

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Happy 20th to Alanis Morissette's 'Ironic' video, a.k.a. the Gen X 'Inside Out'

22 January 2016 4:56 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Alanis Morissette's "Ironic," one of the most memorable music videos of the '90s, debuted 20 years ago today. The artist herself announced its anniversary on her Facebook. Let's rediscover why it's a rad (and yes, feminist) masterpiece.    (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); ironic with stephane sednaoui shared publicly 20 years ago today. i lifted not a finger, showed up with clean hair and an open mind. Posted by Alanis Morissette on Friday, January 22, 2016   While Morissette has released plenty of stellar videos including the black-and-white parade dirge "Hand in My Pocket" and the ebullient dance medley "So Pure," her wild performance in the "Ironic" video is arguably her defining MTV moment. »

- Louis Virtel

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