One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

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One Hundred and One Dalmatians

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The Humans

The Dalmatians: In Disney's 1961 film adaptation of the original Dalmatians book, Pogo and Perdita were the parents of a litter of fifteen puppies and later adopted 84 more. Of these puppies, only six are named in the film: Freckles, Lucky, Patch, Penny, Rolly, and Pepper (unvoiced). Two other puppies who talk to Sergeant Tibbs when he enters Hell Hall do not have official names, but have come to be known by fans as "Rover" and "Spotty".

  • Note: Nothing is known about actress Sandra Abbott, who voiced Dalmatian puppy Penny, beyond this role and a brief appearance in a single 1962 episode of the television show Bronco. If anyone knows who Sandra Abbott was, please let the Project know so that we can build her a proper profile.

The Animals

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Film Facts

Plot: A litter of 15 Dalmatian puppies are kidnapped by the villainous Cruella de Vil who wants to make their fur into coats. Their parents, Pongo and Perdita, set out to save their puppies, and in the process, rescue 84 additional Dalmation puppies that were bought in pet shops, bringing their total brood to 101 Dalmatians.

- Based on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by successful novelist Dodie Smith. Smith's own Dalmatians actually had a litter of 15 puppies, upon which she based the premise of her story.

- One Hundred and One Dalmatians was Disney's 17th full-length animated feature film. The film was originally released in American theaters on 25 Jan 1961. It was the tenth highest-grossing film of the year, helping to pull the studio out of the financial slump caused by Sleeping Beauty, a costlier production released two years prior.

- Although Disney disliked the rough drawing style of the film, the Xerox Company's proprietary photocopying technology (Xerography) played a necessary role in him ability to animate hundreds of spotted dogs with as much visual complexity as possible, at an affordable price. It also set the visual style of Disney animation (a scratchy, hard outline look) which would remain in place for many years, until the technology advanced enough to allow a softer look, beginning with the production of The Rescuers (1977).

- Several characters from Disney's Lady and the Tramp make cameos in this film: both Lady and Tramp appear in the streets of London; Jock is the second dog in the "Twilight Bark" chain, after Danny and Scottie; and Peg can be seen in a pet shop window, next to several puppies.





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