Like many early Disney animated films, 101 Dalmatians (1961) was not an original story but based upon Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians. It was the 17th animated featured made by Walt Disney Productions. Some five decades later, Disney are expanding on the story with the upcoming release of Cruella.
101 Dalmatians was set in London where two dalmatians named Perdita and Pongo fall in love, as do their humans, Anita and Roger. They become a happy family of four which suddenly grows following the birth of 15 not yet spotty pups.
In comes the villain, Cruella de Vil who, wanting to make herself a dalmatian print fur coat, hires people to steal all the puppies. All the dogs in the neighbourhood and across the city communicate with one another, working together to track down where the puppies are being held.
A Christmas miracle, 99 puppies are discovered (before Cruella can go forth with her plan), with Perdita and Pongo making 101 dalmatians in total. They all make their way home to Anita Roger for the expected Disney happy ending.
It wasn’t until 25 years later that the live-action remake was released. The movie starred Glenn Close as Cruella and Dumb and Dumber’s Jeff Daniels. A sequel was released in 2000 with Close reprising her role, and followed in 2003 by 101 Dalmatians: Patch’s London Adventure, a sequel to the original animated feature film.
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