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One Hundred and One Dalmatians [1961] [VHS]

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  • Actors: Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, J. Pat O'Malley, Martha Wentworth, Ben Wright
  • Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wolfgang Reitherman
  • Writers: Bill Peet, Dodie Smith
  • Producers: Walt Disney
  • Format: Colour
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (324 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RQD5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,545 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Back in 1961, Walt Disney got a little hip with 101 Dalmatians, making use of that flat Saturday morning cartoon style that had become so popular. The result is a kitschy change in animation and story. Pongo and Perdita are two lonely Dalmatians who meet in a London park and arrange for their pet humans to marry so they can live together and raise a family. They become proud parents of 15 pups, who are stolen by the dastardly Cruella De Vil, who wants to make a fur coat out of them. Cruella has become the most popular villain in all of Disney--she is flamboyantly nasty and lots of fun. But it is the Dalmatians who shine in this endearing classic, particularly those precocious pups. Telling the story from the dogs' point of view is a clever conceit, a fundamental flaw of Disney's 1996 live-action remake. --Bill Desowitz

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When the wicked Cruella de Vil and her henchmen kidnap dalmatian puppies for their cherished spotted fur, it is up to the puppies' parents, Pongo and Perdita, and some brave farm animals, to free the caged canines. A Walt Disney animated classic that spawned the 1996 live-action remake.

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4.7 out of 5 stars

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By carolyn webb on 12 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
101 Dalmations is based on the book brought out some time ago about an evil villain stealing away innocent dalmation puppies to try and create the ultimate pet outfit made of fur.
This film is another brilliant Walt Disney classic full of imagination and adventure. With a brilliant cast of Cruella De Vil, the puppies, the owners and the parents of the puppies, it gives children of all ages through enjoyment.
It is truly fantastic with riveting animation and fabulous songs, brought to you by Walt Disney.
Children who love animals will adore this film about fighting for the puppies and fighting against the evil Cruella De Vil.
My children thought it was fantastic and willingly watch it even now, when they are teenagers.
I'm sure your children will love it too!
I hope this review was of use to you.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2008
Format: DVD
Note: This review is of the most recently issued (2008) version.

I find it difficult to believe that it has been 47 years since this film first appeared. (I also find it difficult to believe that I now have ten grandchildren with whom to watch it.) Credit the Disney organization with providing with this latest restored version a generous selection of bonus features that substantially increase the pleasure of seeing this classic film once again. They include a DVD-ROM of a "Virtual Dalmatians Game," "Op-Up Trivia Facts," and "The Making of One Hundred and One Dalmations," and correspondence between "Sincerely yours, Walt Disney" and Dodie Smith, author of the novel on which the film is based.

The basic plot involves two lonely dalmatians (Pongo and Perdita) who meet in a London park and whose owners then meet and marry. Over time, the dalmatians become parents of 15 puppies who are stolen by Cruella De Vil who is determined to make a fur coat out of their skins. That doesn't happen, of course, but younger children get all caught up in efforts to rescue the puppies (at least when viewing the film for the first time) just as they do when hoping that Pinocchio will be reunited with Gepetto, that Snow White will awaken from her deep sleep, and that Belle and the Beast will live happily ever after. In the best of Disney's animated features, there always seems to be a subtext of menace and this film is no exception. When observing Cruella De Vil's behavior, many of those in my generation will be reminded of Gloria Swanson's portrayal of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. In terms of quality of its story, art, and music, 101 Dalmatians deserves to be ranked among Disney's finest animated films. The special features offer an exceptional "bonus.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Neil B on 4 Sept. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
This has to be one of my all time favourite Disney films (along with ROBIN HOOD & THE RESCUERS). The blu ray transfer is exceptional for such an old film, and it is obvious much work has gone into the restoration. The picture & sound quality are both excellent, and the disc comes with an interesting selection of additional extras, including a fascinating "making of" documentery. Worth every penny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tried and Tested VINE VOICE on 9 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
This is my favourite Disney film ever. The original animated version is far better than the live action remake. It will leave you (or more likely your kids) on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next. Cruella de Ville is one of the best evil characters to be created and really sends a chill down the spine. The ability to make so many puppies appear so different and to have so many different characters portrayed is truly fantastic.

One thing that does confuse me though is that I distinctly remember watching a version of this film as a child where there were 3 adults; Pongo, Perdita and another female dog who Anita saves and who stays behind to look after the `pets' when Pongo and Perdita leave to rescue the puppies. Maybe I'm just imagining this bit??
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Format: Blu-ray
101 DALMATIANS [1961] [Diamond Edition] [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD] [US Import] 101 Times The Fun For The Whole Family! New All-Cartoon Feature! 17th Animated Feature!

Pick your favourite spot to watch anytime and anywhere and get ready for a fun-filled adventure with `101 DALMATIANS' for the first time ever on Blu-ray and Digital HD!

Pongo, Perdita and their super-adorable puppies are in for thrills, hilarious spills and an epic action-packed adventure when they face off with Cruella De Vil, Disney's most fabulously outrageous villainess. Unleash all the excitement and suspense of Disney's `101 DALMATIANS' which is a beloved classic you'll want to share with your family again and again! Narrated by Rod Taylor.

FILM FACT: Unlike many Walt Disney animated features; `One Hundred and One Dalmatians' features only three songs, with just one, "Cruella De Vil," playing a big part in the film. The other two songs are "Kanine Krunchies Jingle" (sung by Lucille Bliss, who voiced Anastasia Tremaine in Disney's 1950 film `Cinderella'), and "Dalmatian Plantation" in which only two lines are sung by Roger at the film's closure. Songwriter Mel Leven had in fact, written several additional songs for the film including "Don't Buy a Parrot from a Sailor," a cockney chant, meant to be sung by the Baduns at the De Vil Mansion, and "March of the One Hundred and One," which the dogs were meant to sing after escaping Cruella De Vil's van.
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