And it's not the first of countless seemingly-needless live-action/CGI remakes to Disney's animated classics; this is the original 1961 animated classic that saved Disney from going belly-up, as did Dumbo in the 40's, and Cinderella in the 50's! The original 101 Dalmatians is Disney's 17th animated feature, and the first for Disney to use a unique background and design style, with lots of ink lines in the backgrounds, and especially Xerox technology all through the movie! The Xerox stuff was experimented with in Sleeping Beauty, and the Oscar-nominated short Goliath II, even in spite of the latter reusing a lot of old footage from several features and shorts! Starting here, Xerox would used for the whole movie, especially for all the spots on all 101 Dalmatians! It would've been a severe pain in the butt (and hands) to have all the spots drawn by hand without Xerox! The book's author, Dodie Smith, was actually very pleased with the movie, but just 99%, on account of her name not being seen in the opening credits for very long. Even so, not many other authors are quite THAT happy with their books becoming movies of any sort, even today! This wasn't the first animated feature by Disney to take place in the present time, the first was Dumbo just 20 years earlier, since the Dalmatians have a black-and-white TV to watch Thunderbolt! One of Disney's all-time greatest villains got her start here, that being Cruella de Vil! Not only did this movie have a live-action remake in 1996, that had a sequel in 2000, 102 Dalmatians, and this movie had a TV series in 1997, from the folks behind the Disneytoon version of Doug, as well as its own home video sequel in 2003, that being 101 Dalmatians 2: Patch's London Adventure! Even with all that, nothing beats a lovingly-made original! It's been a personal favorite of my Daddy and sister since we had it on VHS in the 90's, and even more so with the 2015 Diamond Edition combo pack now! Hopefully, it'll remain in its original unaltered Fullscreen format for its Signature Edition; after all, the Disney Movie Club reissued the Diamond Edition as a Limited Issue release in 2018, as with those of The Jungle Book in 2019, but with no Digital Codes at all! Make sure you add the original 101 Dalmatians to your Disney classics' libraries today, unless you're waiting for the Signature Edition to come soon! Believe it or not, this movie debuted around the time of Mel Blanc's near-fatal car accident on Sunset Boulevard's Dead Man's Curve! It was nothing less than a miracle that he survived, especially after his doctor thought to talk to the characters Mel voiced, and he answered the doc in such voices! He even got to voice many of his Looney Tunes characters for Who Framed Roger Rabbit just 1 year before his passing in 1989, and that was a Disney and Touchstone production! If you're seeing lots of spots in 101 Dalmatians, don't worry, it's only the Dalmatians themselves!
Just what I was looking for. I couldn’t care less about the dvd and the blue ray. With three little boys, I wanted and needed the digital code, as my boys have scratched many dvds. Although the digital code expired over a year ago (2/2017) I was able to redeem it today (6/2018) and watch it. I thought I was going to have to wait an x amount years until it came out the vault again but thank goodness I didn’t.
I was quite disappointed when I realized this was no longer in stores. I was worried I would not be able to get this Disney Classic for my Son. I was so thrilled when I found this listing & that it was for the Diamond Edition! While it was a bit more that what I would have paid in a store, when it was available for sale at the store, I was happy to pay them since they had it and also since they were not extremely over charging. Thank you for having this product so that I could add it to my collection!
101 Dalmatians is one hour and twenty - nine minutes and was released to theaters on January 25, 1961. The main story is that Roger and Anita Radcliffe own two adult dalmatians Pongo and Perdita and Perdita have given birth to fifteen dalmaitians. Cruella de Vil has made a deal with Anita to buy her dalmatians when the puppies have their spots. However, Roger stands up to Cruella de Vil and reneges on the deal and this makes Cruella mad. Cruella send Jasper and Horace to kidnap the puppies. Pongo and Perdita send out a Twilight Bark to other dogs for help to find their puppies. Pongo and Perdita get a response and the two are off to rescue their puppies. With the help with some other dogs and farm animals all 101 dogs are save and Roger and Anita keep all 101 dalmatians.
Some trivia for the reader; someone with a lot of time on his or her went to count the dog's black spot frame by frame and came to a total of 6,469,952. Because the Disney Studios lost money on Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians was film using photocopying technology (Xerography) and that set the style for film making for the next twenty years with the exception of the Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Cruella de Vil character is based on the actress Tallulah Bankhead. 101 Dalmatians won a BAFTA award in 1961 for the Best Animated Film. Three dogs from "Lady and the Tramp" make a cameo appearance: Peg, the Bulldog, and Jacque. Of all the fifteen puppies only six actually have names. Although 101 Dalmatians may not make Disney's 10 all time greatest list, it is still a good movie to watch. 101 Dalmatians gets an AAA+++.
Chapter Selection Bonus Material I. Theatrical Trailer II. Film Recommendations a. Hercules b. Mulan c. The Lion King II Simba's Pride d. A Bug's Life e. 101 Dalmatians - Live Version f. Mary Poppins Set Up I. Spoken Languages a. English b. French c. Spainish II. Captions Play
I. Doug's 1st Movie II. A Bug's Life III. Madeline Lost in Paris IV. The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
In common with many of my fellows of 50 or so years, I have fond memories of 101 Dalmatians as the very first "new" Disney animated film I ever saw. I remember being taken to see it and making my father sit through it twice because I refused to leave after the first showing, and I still have a bedraggled stuffed Dalmatian toy I must have gotten for Christmas that year. I've owned and cherished a VHS copy for years, but I leaped at the chance to get this new DVD version, and I'm so glad I did.
First, the film itself is so beautifully restored its like watching it for the first time. All the characters are magnificently and perfectly depicted, with sharp personalities for each one of the puppies. I love the scenes of parks and streets in London, and the lovely English countryside. (I now realize this film must have been an early encouragement for my rabid Anglophilia, which manifested itself at a young age.) From an adult perspective, I was struck by the "Britishness" of the culture of the film, so to speak. So many of the characters have an air of the old Empire about them, from the name Pongo itself (originally a sort of nickname widely used among British soldiers) through to the innumerable Colonels and Sergeants among the animal characters, right down to the Cockney rhyming slang employed by the brothers who steal the puppies. Its very definitely late 50s early 60s vintage, but it has a timeless charm.
The second disc is very worthwhile, too. I enjoyed the early history of Walt Disney and the story of the making of the film, especially a short piece on Disney's correspondence with Dodie Smith, the author of the book on which the film is based. The film turns out to have been truly revolutionary in its use of new techniques and equipment, including early photocopiers. I also liked the extra songs which were originally deleted from the film but are included here. You can understand why some weren't used, but there's one called "Cheerio, Goodbye, We're On Our Way to London" which I wish had been kept in. Its a lovely tune, and one which (to continue the military theme I alluded to earlier) its easy to imagine British troops singing in 1945. Another really pleasing inclusion is a series of unused trial versions of the "Kanine Krunchies" Jingle, which I can listen to over and over (be forewarned that you'll have it running through your head for the next several hours, though!)
Digitally i could get a copy on itunes and VUDU. This studio is doing the right thing that allows me to watch the movie and not have to juggle 600 apps on where i need to watch the movie. If i own the movie i should also receive a digital copy on any provider. If i shell out 15-20 for a movie when everyone else is stealing them digitally i should be rewarded for it. Disney is doing the right thing by Disney Movies Anywhere.