101 Dalmatians (1961)


Director: Clyde Geronomi, Hamilton Luske & Wolfgang Reitherman
Writer: Bill Peet & Dodie Smith

I remember this one fondly from my childhood, something that hasn’t happened much yet in the marathon. It’s brilliance stands the test of time. The whole situation is wonderful. The way that Pongo sets the two up in the beginning, the way that they call their owners their pets, and the way the evil character, a great creation, is named Cruella Deville. It’s a caper, prison break film with all of the excitement of a conventional human one. The puppies are extremely cute, as are their dog accomplices. I especially enjoy the Captain, the Sargent, and the Colonel, they are awesome. It tells a tale of need and of want, of love and of hate, and of fulfillment and of emptiness. It’s fairly simple and the the animation isn’t really overwhelming, though it is up to par. I’ll be the first to admit that there is nostalgia involved here, but I also think it is a great Disney flick.

***1/2 – Great

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