101 Dalmatians
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This Disney animated classic is based on the children's story by Dodie Smith. The story involves the canine pets of a struggling composer and his wife: Dalmatians Pongo (male) and Perdita (female). Perdita gives birth to fifteen spotted pups, cuing the entrance of the scheming Cruella De Vil. She demands that the dogs' owners sell her the pups, but she is shown the door instead. Under cover of night, Cruella arranges for the pups to be stolen. The human police are baffled, but the "dog network" is alerted by Pongo and sent to rescue the pups. It is discovered that Cruella has… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is the wittiest, most charming, least pretentious cartoon feature Walt Disney has ever made."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Brilliant entertainment."
‑ , Time Out
"Lovable cartoon classic for all ages."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Capturing the essence of Dodie Smith's wonderful children's book, this unforgettable animation. It is one of my favourite animations of all time."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"The definitive telling of an oft-told tale, Disney's family-friendly animated adventure exhibits plenty of energy, wit and style."
‑ , Film4
"While not as indelibly enchanting or inspired as some of the studio's most unforgettable animated endeavors, this is nonetheless a painstaking creative effort."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A rather clever idea, if a bit unsettling."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"good enough to merit repeated viewings. Particularly if you're two."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
""Cute and cuddly" pretty much sums up this canine caper - once you get past the idea of a lady looking to make a coat out of dalmatian puppies."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Three hundred artists worked on this project for three years and came up with one of the best feature cartoons ever produced by Disney Studios."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This was the last Disney animated feature (1961) that Uncle Walt lived to see through personally; it can't be a coincidence that it's also the last Disney animated feature of real depth and emotional authenticity."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"If there's one thing that's absolutely first-rate about the film, it's the character of Cruella."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"What has truly kept 101 Dalmatians alive ... is Cruella De Vil herself, one of the most deliciously nasty characters in Disney's oeuvre."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"The Platinum Edition (Mar 4, 08) has numerous bonus features, such as Virtual Dalmatians, which allows you to adopt, name, and care your own virtual puppy with 101 possibilities, and Puppy Profiler through which you can find out which do you're most like"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"For years... "101 Dalmatians" was my favorite. Looking back on it years later, it still is."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
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