After a wild chase in the bustling streets of London, struggling computer game author Roger (Jeff Daniels) and his male Dalmatian, Pongo - by a welcome twist of fate - are dragged into St. James Park and meet with charming fashion designer Anita (Joely Richardson) and her female Dalmatian, Perdita. Soon, one thing will lead to another, and before they know it, Roger and Anita will get married and the adorable Perdita, pregnant. However, their short-lived joy is disrupted when Anita's glamorous but horrible boss, Cruella DeVil (Glenn Close), dognaps the innocent puppies with the intention of making a luxurious coat with the dogs' fabulously spotted fur. Eventually, along with Perdita's fifteen puppies, Cruella will manage to bring the total to the staggering number of ninety-nine Dalmatians; nevertheless, are the cute little puppies as helpless as they look?Written by
According to the Disneystrology, Pongo is forty-two (in human years) with his birthday on October 1 (Disney World's opening day in 1971). He is older than Perdita, who is forty (in human years) with her birthday on July 6. See more »
Just before Jewel receives her collar, it can be clearly seen that she is actually a male puppy. See more »
Television News Reporter:
We're all familiar with the illegal poaching of endangered animals in the wild, but never before has an animal in captivity been slaughtered for its pelt. Animal protection groups that monitor the international trade in game contraband have further told us that a white Siberian tiger is so rare that the offer of a pelt would surely draw the attention of law enforcement agencies.
Television News Reporter:
Shortly before dawn this morning security staff at London Zoo discovered the ...
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After the end credits, Cruella's laugh can be heard as the Walt Disney logo appears. See more »
UK theatrical version had some dialogue substituted to secure a 'U' rating. See more »
Fine, fine film. As good as the animated version, but different!
Incredible as it may seem, this film is every bit the equal of the Disney animated version of the same title. And it is DIFFERENT from the Disney version. This is a rare accomplishment, in a medium where remakes and sequels are so often weak.
The film is made by Glen Close, whose appearance as Cruella DeVil is fascinating! She is even more evil than her animated namesake. But the rest of the casting of the film is also incredibly strong. No problems with anyone.
The dalmations are most excellently employed. Virtually seamless integration of live action and computer animation. And also, the hosts of animals (live and animated) in the film do NOT talk (a cloying and sentimental habit too often indulged in by Disney Studios et al).
The film is an adult's movie that children should also enjoy! The VHS version was good, the DVD version even better.
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