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One Hundred and One Dalmatians
(1961)
3.88
2

Plot/Story

4.00

Characters

3.50

Acting

4.50

Cinematography

3.50

Production Design

4.00

Sound

4.50

Execution

4.00

Emotional Impact

3.00

Overview: When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement.

Director: Clyde Geronimi

Release Date: 1961-01-25

Genres: Adventure Animation Comedy Family


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101 Dalmatians is more like a story book than an animated movie. Most of the establishing shots and backgrounds look like they are taken directly from an old picture book and animated over. In 1961, this was probably a beautiful movie, but in 2019, I can't help but notice the lazy animation, multiple repeated elements (They use the same model for off of the puppies and Cruella has one face the entire time she's searching in the town towards the end), and for a feature length movie, we get minimal plot and very little characterization. Of the 15 original Dalmatian puppies, three of them have unique appearances and names: Lucky has a horseshoe shape of spots on his back and won't stay off the TV, Patch has a black spot over one eye and thinks he's a tough guy, and Rolly who is fat. By the time we get to 101 dalmatians, everyone is interchangeable and nothing matters. Even Cruella is barely developed and she's the most memorable part. The whole movie feels very rushed. All of the faces look terrible and inhuman and someone seems to have gotten dalmatians confused with greyhounds when making the models for Pongo and Perdy. The entire story is Cruella has puppies stolen and Pongo and Perdy head out to rescue them. It's 79 minutes of "How does she know that this event happened?", "How do they know where they are going?", and "Why is that texture on her coat moving like that?". The story, characters, and animation style are super simple and ultimately disappointing. I guess some of the voice acting was okay and I can cut them some slack because it was 1961, but there is little to celebrate here.

By : Greg Mueller | Date : 2 weeks ago