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One Hundred and One Dalmatians

  • Drama
  • Children's
  • 1960
  • Wolfgang Reitherman
  • 76 mins
  • U

Summary

A fashion-mad woman longs to make a coat out of dalmatian skin, and resorts to kidnapping her friend's litter of puppies, along with several other dogs. However, the captive pups' devoted parents come to the rescue, aided by an assortment of other animals. Disney animated adventure based on Dodie Smith's novel, with the voices of Betty Lou Gerson and Rod Taylor.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Based on the novel by Dodie Smith, this hardy perennial from Disney rivals the studio's The Aristocats for its deft mix of cute talking animals and largely foolish humans. While there's little faulting the draughtsmanship and personalities of the dalmatians - proud parents Pongo and Perdita and their 15-strong brood, not to mention the 84 additional kidnapped pups - the two-legged foils are vital to the story's dynamic: monstrous, fur-loving villainess Cruella De Vil and her hapless cockney henchmen Horace and Jasper. The "twilight bark" sequence, in which London's dogs communicate in woofs, brings poignancy to what is otherwise a thrilling caper, created when the Disney artists were at the height of their powers.

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Credits

Cast

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PongoRod Taylor
Roger RadcliffBen Wright (1)
Colonel / Jasper BadunJ Pat O'Malley
PerditaCate Bauer
Cruella De Vil / Miss BirdwellBetty Lou Gerson
Sergeant TibsDavid Frankham
Nanny / Queenie / LucyMartha Wentworth
Horace Badun / Inspector CravenFrederick Worlock
Anita RadcliffLisa Davis

Crew

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DirectorWolfgang Reitherman
DirectorHamilton Luske
DirectorClyde Geronimi

Details

Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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