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101 Dalmations

Published February 17, 2010

101 Dalmations

Film info

  • Title 101 Dalmations
  • Director Stephen Herek
  • Year 1996
  • Run time 1hr 43m
  • Genres Comedy, Family
  • Tagline So many dogs, so little time

101 Dalmatians has charmed audiences for generations with its irresistible tailwagging stars, memorable story and wonderful blend of humour and adventure. Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most outrageous villain, sets the fur-raising adventure in motion when she dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London — including 15 from Pongo and Perdita’s family. Through the power of the Twilight Bark, Pongo leads a heroic cast of animal characters on a dramatic quest to rescue them all in a story the whole family will enjoy again and again.

Live Blog

TimeComment
1:07Ooh, a milkman. Don’t see many of them these days.
1:51All that time I spend trying to wake Mr C up, I just need a dalmation.
3:02Isn’t that Richard Hillman off of Corrie?
3:35Jeff Daniels just makes me think of Speed. I must watch that soon.
5:52That is a really nice car.
7:20Why would you design a coat of your pet’s fur in the first place? I blame her.
13:03Blimey, who knew a dog could cause so much chaos? I thought dogs were supposed to be smart.
17:02“I read it on your dog’s ID tag.” Quite the pick up line.
19:55What are the chances of her telling her boss she had no love prospects and then finding a man the same day?
22:52There are no other dalmations in the dog congregation.
24:24Hehe, henchmen are so funny.
26:44Not really a fan of the fur, particularly when there’s a face on it!
31:05I secretly heart that reaction to the baby announcement.
35:08She has that Art book that everyone has on their shelves. She is a designer though, I suppose.
37:29How is it possible that Cruella can just walk into their house? Don’t they have locks?
40:14She could sue her for unfair dismissal - fired for not selling puppies.
48:32She has quite an amazing evil laugh.
52:53I like that they have a pig helping, although I can’t imagine what a pig could actually do.
1:00:11She has only just realised what the dastardly plan is? Good lord, not the sharpest tool in the book.
1:03:36Blimey, that bird couldn’t look more fake.
1:05:45I would have thought that Lucky plays a bigger part in it, but it’s all about Whizzer.
1:09:48Ooh, he froze. That’s just like my favourite bit of The Day After Tomorrow.
1:21:37Ah, so that’s what the pig was for.
1:30:40There is no way that 84 other puppies have gone missing and not been enquired after.
1:33:43Their feed bills must be horrendous.

Thoughts

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen this one before, but I know the sequel had Ioan Gruffudd in it, and I like him. I’m not enormously keen on dogs, but I figured this one couldn’t be as corny as Beethoven.

I was with it until the dogs all started barking at each other in some kind of secret underground dog network. The initial story about how they got together, how the puppies came to be, and how Cruella formed her plan was much more interesting than the end payoff. It’s a bit corny, but well meaning, I guess.

Rating: 2 / 5

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