101 Dalmatians


Walt Disney Studios


Rating: G


Reason for the Rating: N/A


Plot Summary: A wicked villain, Cruella De Vil, plots to kidnap Dalmatian puppies and use their fur to make a coat.


PopFam Recommends: This one's a classic—entertaining for all ages!


All right, you already know a lot about Disney's 1961 animated classic, 101 Dalmatians.


You know it features dozens of adorable puppies, a wicked scheme, action-packed laughs, and one of the best villains of all time in Cruella De Vil. Plus there that catchy little tune, "Cruella De Vil, Cruella De Vil, If she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will..."


So, yeah, you and your family are going to enjoy watching this one again, now that it's available on Blu-ray and Disney Movies Anywhere streaming service.


Ah, but what about all the things you DON'T know about 101 Dalmatians? Have no fear, PopFam reader. We've got it all for right here. Enjoy!




• Disney's 101 Dalmatians is based on the 1956 children's book, "The Hundred and One Dalmatians" by former English shopgirl, Dodie Smith. Another of her novels, "I Capture the Castle" was also adapted into film in 2003.


• 101 Dalmatians was Walt Disney's 17th animated feature film.


• In order to make this film, Disney technical legend Ub Iwerks had to create a new animation process called "Xerography."


• The character animation of Cruella De Vil was based on rambunctious stage and screen actress, Tallulah Bankhead. Also, character-actress Mary Wickes provided live action movements as a visual reference for animators.


• Disney historians estimate that approximately 6,429,952 animated Dalmatians spots appear on screen over the course of this movie.


• Pongo has 72 spots. Perdita has 68 spots. Each of the 99 puppies has 32 spots.


• It took three years and 150 studio artists for Disney to create 101 Dalmatians.


• Somebody counted this, I don't know why, but Disney studio historians estimate that their artists used up 1,218,750 pencils during the creation of 101 Dalmatians.


• To create all the color effects in this movie, Disney artists used 800 gallons of paint (about 5 tons!)—enough to paint the exteriors of 135 houses. Artists also specially-created nearly 1,000 different shades of color for use in this film.


101 Dalmatians is now available in "Diamond Edition" on Blu-ray and Digital HD formats.




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