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101 Dalmatians [1961] (2 discs)

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Director:Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Wolfgang Reitherman
Writer:Bill Peet
Composer:George Bruns
Songs:Mel Leven
Length:79 minutes
(1 hour 19 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:7.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:98%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Cartoon
  • Comedy
  • Family
  • Drama
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Synopsis: When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.


Reaction: Classic and fun.


Personal Rating: 8/10

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Clyde Geronimi => Director
Hamilton Luske => Director
Wolfgang Reitherman => Director
Bill Peet => Writer
George Bruns => Composer
Mel Leven => Songs
Dodie Smith => Novel "The One Hundred and One Dalmatians"
Barbara Beaird => Rolly  (voice)
Barbara Luddy => Rover (voice)
Ben Wright => Roger  (voice)
Betty Lou Gerson => Cruella De Vil / Miss Birdwell (voice)
Bill Lee => Roger (singing voice)
Cate Bauer => Perdita  (voice)
Clarence Nash => Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
David Frankham => Sgt. Tibs  (as Dave Frankham) (voice)
Frederick Worlock => Horace / Inspector Craven (as Fred Worlock) (voice)
George Pelling => Danny (voice)
J. Pat O'Malley => Colonel / Jasper  (voice)
Lisa Davis => Anita  (voice)
Marjorie Bennett => Duchess  (voice)
Martha Wentworth => Nanny / Queenie / Lucy (voice)
Mickey Maga => Patch  (as Micky Maga) (voice)
Mimi Gibson => Lucky  (voice)
Paul Frees => Dirty Dawson (voice) (uncredited)
Paul Wexler => Car Mechanic (voice)
Queenie Leonard => Princess  (voice)
Ramsay Hill => Television Announcer / Labrador (voice)
Rickie Sorensen => Spotty (voice) (uncredited)
Rod Taylor => Pongo  (voice)
Sandra Abbott => Penny  (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft => Captain (voice)
Tom Conway => Quizmaster / Collie (voice)
Tudor Owen => Towser (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Walt Disney was said to have been so disappointed in the layout work done by Ken Anderson on the film that he did not forgive him until the end of his life.
  • Someone counted all black spots in the movie, frame-by-frame, and reached the total of 6,469,952. This breaks down to 72 spots on Pongo, 68 on Perdita and 32 on each pup.
  • To cut costs, the studio was forced to reduce its staff of inkers from 500 to less than 100.
  • Walt Disney disliked the rough drawing style brought about by the Xerography process.
  • The scene where the puppies suckle from some friendly cows attracted a lot of criticism at the time of release as it was deemed to be inappropriate for a children's film.
  • When Walt Disney read Dodie Smith's story in 1956, he immediately snapped up the film rights. Smith had always secretly hoped that Disney would do just that.
  • Due to the commercial failure of Sleeping Beauty, production costs needed to be cut. As a result, this was the first Disney feature film to use photocopying technology (Xerography), which made an animated film with this much visual complexity possible. It also set the visual style of Disney animation (a scratchy, hard outline look) for years until the technology advanced enough (with the production of The Rescuers) to allow a softer look.
  • Clarence Nash (best known as the voice of Donald Duck) did the dog barks for this film.
  • The birth of the puppies actually happened to the author Dodie Smith. Her dalmatians had 15 puppies, one was born lifeless and her husband revived it. However, they sold most of them, and kept only a small number.
  • The company was in debt following the flop of Sleeping Beauty and desperately needed a hit. There was even talk of closing down the animation division as the company was refocusing on live action films, television and theme parks.
  • The author, Dodie Smith, noted that her favorite cel in the movie, was the one where Pongo stretches while lying on a window sill near the beginning.