101 Dalmatians
101 Dalmatians (1961)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: January 25, 1961
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With plenty of pooches and a memorable villain (Cruella De Vil), this is one of Disney's most enduring, entertaining animated films.

TIME Magazine

It is the wittiest, most charming, least pretentious cartoon feature Walt Disney has ever made.

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Time Out

Brilliant entertainment.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

It's lovely. Surprisingly suspenseful, too.

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Variety Staff

While not as indelibly enchanting or inspired as some of the studio's most unforgettable animated endeavors, this is nonetheless a painstaking creative effort.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A rather clever idea, if a bit unsettling.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This is flat-out one of Disney's finest achievements, because puppies.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

If there's one thing that's absolutely first-rate about the film, it's the character of Cruella.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It may not be one of Disney's more magical films, but it's definitely one of the most flat-out entertaining.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Good Disney stuff
Daniel Mumby
As Walt Disney's direct involvement in the Disney Company declined, so too did the overall standard of their work. 101 Dalmatians came at a time when… More
Carlos Magalh„es
With a gorgeous animation job using xerography that ranks among the best the studio has ever done - though Walt Disney strongly disliked it -, this is a very… More
Alex roy
101 Dalmatians is a stunning, engaging animation film that is fun for the entire family. Of all the films that Disney has produced, 101 Dalmatians is probably… More
Eric Alvarez
Classic in every aspect with a wonderful script and memorable characters, all equaling one of Disney's best animated films.
Jim Careter
A classic animated film, a great movie.