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. Though 101 DALMATIANS has fewer songs than many of its animated brethren, the essential musical number "Cruella de Vil" is as much fun as any 10 tracks. Based on the book by Dodie Smith, this Walt Disney animated classic spawned the 1996 live-action remake, as well as a sequel called 101 DALMATIANS II: PATCH'S LONDON ADVENTURE.
George Bruns - American Composer
Dodie Smith - Novelist - 101 Dalmations
Walt Disney - American Producer/Director
Walter Elias Disney - American Producer/Director
Clyde Geronimi - Disney Animation Director
Betty Lou Gerson - Actress/Voice
J. Pat O'Malley - Charactor Actor\"Not Pat"
Rod Taylor - Australian actor, THE BIRDS (1963)
Rodney Taylor - Australian actor, THE BIRDS (1963)
Ben Wright - Actor/Journey To...Earth
Cate Bauer - Voice Actress
Bill Peet - Disney Writer/Animator
Hamilton Luske - Director
Wolfgang Reitherman - American Animator
When the wicked Cruella 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.
Theatrical release: 1961. Rereleased in 1969, 1979, 1985, and 1991. 101 DALMATIANS is the 17th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures. Color by Technicolor. Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...An enjoyable G-rated children's film with a cheery, innocent spirit and a meanie to remember..." - 07/12/1991 New York Times, p.C8
"...[A] charmer..." -- 3 out of 4 stars - 04/10/1992 USA Today, p.3D
"...Undoubtedly one of the studio's most endearing and enduring films, DALMATIANS is as witty and fresh today as it was 25 years ago..." - 04/01/1995 Sight and Sound, p.55
"...The film remains fresh, funny and thoroughly entertaining..." - 07/12/1991 Los Angeles Times, p.F12
"Here, it's the humans who provide most of the slapstick, and the dogs who provide the grace." -- Grade: A - 03/07/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.75
5 stars out of 5 -- "Its storytelling is flawless, its animation staggering and, in Cruella DeVil, it boasts the greatest Disney villain bar none. Spotless." - 04/01/2008 Empire, p.154
5 stars out of 5 -- "Cute and cruel, this charmer gave Disney a new leash of life....Propelled by George Bruns' jazzy score, this is spot-on '60s Disney." - 10/01/2012 Total Film