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A Classic that still holds up well
on 13 November 2012
Picked this up as found it for a few quid, remembered how fun the first one was and our family are huge dog fans and for £2 a film it was a bargain. Wasn't disappointed at all. Great for those who enjoy the Disney Buddies line.
The plot of the films are generally the same. The first one revolves around Pongo and Perdy and their 'Pets' Roger and Anita who are blessed with puppies, that is until the evil Cruella De Vil hatches a plan to steal the puppies for their fur. Each of the characters are brilliantly performed by their actors, it's nice to see the likes of Hugh Laurie again in his pre-House days. Sometimes this film itself even manages to improve over the animated classic.
102 like I said is largely the same plot with the twist that Cruella is 'reformed' but for how long? Soon she's back up to her old schemes. It feels like a straight to DVD film and only a handful of the initial characters return. (it also questions what happened at the end of the first film)
There are a few scenes in both films where the CG dogs look too fake and laughable but it doesn't ruin the films at all.
Would certainly suggest it for those looking for a cheap alternate to the Buddy movies, or those who are fans of dogs. Or even those who are fan of Disney. It's a shame Disney missed a trick with choosing to put the rubbish 101 Dalmations 2: Patch's London Adventure on Blu-Ray instead of the Live-Action version.