101 Dalmatians (1961) – Movie Review
This movie is considered a real work of art (and I agree), as almost every scene was hand drawn and colored, taking numerous artists a very long time to create. Nowadays computers are used. The story is based on a book by English children’s novelist Dodi Smith. Walt Disney read her book and wanted to create a film based on the novel.
The story takes place in London, where a bachelor (Roger) and bachelorette (Anita) meet in a local park, after the Roger’s Dalmatian dog decides it’s time for him and his “pet” to fall in love and get married. Within minutes of the film, the man and woman are married (so are the dogs, apparently – both are Dalmatians) and living in a small house with a nanny. Why on Earth they hired a nanny is beyond me, unless they just didn’t want to take care of their own dogs.
An old school mate of Anita’s named Cruella De Vil shows up after hearing that the dogs were expecting a litter of puppies. This woman is basically a wealthy lunatic obsessed with fur coats and who is constantly smoking cigarettes. She wants to buy all of the puppies and kill them, making their skins into coats. Creepy, right?
Well anyway, of course she makes the attempt and, upon refusal of purchasing the puppies after they arrived, Cruella De Vil hires two idiot criminals to steal the puppies for her. The main storyline follows the puppies, various other dogs and animals who help the adult Dalmatians find their puppies, and the ridiculous mishaps of the criminals.
Being a children’s movie, you know beforehand everything will end on a positive note.
I think it’s a good, decent movie for kids and parents (to watch with their kids). So, yes, I recommend this movie.