- Actors: Rod Taylor, Betty Lou Gerson, Cate Bauer
- Format: VHS
- Language: English, Spanish
- Classification: U
- Studio: Buena Vista
- VHS Release Date: 3 Sept. 1996
- Run Time: 76 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (420 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005782V
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,667 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
101 Dalmatians  [VHS]
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When Roger and Anita marry and their dogs Pongo and Perdita produce a litter of 15 dalmation puppies, they find themselves receiving unwelcome advances from the evil Cruella de Ville. She has plans to turn the pups into a fur coat and when Roger and Anita refuse, she hires two comedy crooks to steal them for her. Once the theft is revealed, Pongo rallies together a gang of canine friends and sets out on a mission to retrieve his young, discovering them in a lonely mansion, imprisoned along with a further 84 dalmation puppies.
Disney may throw around the word 'classic' with a little too much abandon when it comes to some of its animated releases, but its take on 101 Dalmatians is very much the real deal. With lively songs, a terrifically-realised story and one of its very best villains, it remains a towering achievement, over four decades since it first appeared.
The story of 101 Dalmatians starts with the two heroes of the tale, Pongo and Perdita. But when their litter of dalamatian puppies is dognapped by the evil Cruella De Vils cronies, the pair must spring into action to save their offspring before Cruella gets herself the new coat that she desires.
But while Pongo and Perdita may be the pair you end up rooting for, the undoubted star of 101 Dalmatians is Cruella De Vil. A wonderfully twisted, genuinely nasty villainess, shes an astounding creation and adds a real menace to the film. That said, its not a downbeat or scary tale: toe-tapping musical numbers, plenty of imagination and a good few chuckles make up the rest of the ingredients, and rarely have they all come together quite so well as they do here.
Retold by Disney in live action form in 1996, its nonetheless its animated take on 101 Dalmatians that remains the definitive filmed version. And now packed into a special collectors DVD set, theres never been a better reason to treat your family to a copy. Unmissable, and a reminder of why Disneys reputation in this field is quite so towering. --Simon Brew --This text refers to the DVD edition.See all Product Description
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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!
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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.Read more ›
This is the original cartoon by Disney where the dog characters talk so you know what they are doing.
This can be watched by all the family and has quite a few laughs throughout the film.
I like the versions with Glenn Close as the evil Cruella, but I think this is a better film.
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," which is sung by Lucille Bliss, who voiced Anastasia Tremaine in Disney's 1950 film ‘Cinderella.’ "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.
Voice Cast: Rod Taylor, J.Read more ›
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