One Hundred and One Dalmations

One Hundred and One Dalmations was made in 1961. It was a film of adventure created in America using fine animation. It was produced by Walt Disney Productions and was an adaptation of Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel. The plot is as follows:-

Roger Radcliffe is a songwriter who lives in London in his batchelor flat. He owns a dalmation called Pongo. Pongo becomes bored with the single life so decides to find a mate for himself and hopefully a wife for Roger too. While gazing out the window looking for a suitable pairing, he spots one ideal pair, Anita, obviously a woman and her female dalmation, Perdita. He rushes to get Roger to the park to arrange a possible meeting. Happily, Roger and Anita fall in love and get married. 

Perdita later gives birth to a litter of puppies, 15 in total. That night Cruella De Vil pays a visit. She is a former school friend of Anita’s. Cruella offers to buy the whole litter but Roger refuses saying they are not for sale. A while later, Cruella gets her entourage of henchmen to steal them. Namely two men called Horace and Jasper. Scotland Yard cannot find the puppies so Pongo and Perdita use the “Twilight Bark”, a canine gossip line, to get help from other London dogs.

An old sheepdog called Colonel alongside his fellow companions, Sergeant Tibbs, a tabby cat, and a grey horse called Captain find the puppies in Hell Hall which is Cruella’s dilapidated and abandoned family estate. Also known as The De Vil Place. They also find many other dalmation puppies there which had been bought from numerous dog stores. Tibbs finds out that they are going to be made into dog-skin fur coats. This leads to Colonel getting this information back to London. When Pongo hears of this, he and Perdita immediately leave to retrieve their puppies. They have to cross the Stair River. It’s bleak winter and the river is fast running and covered with large pieces of broken ice. At the same time, Tibbs overhears Cruella ordering Horace and Jasper to murder the puppies due to fear of the police being on their tail. Tibbs  tries to rescue them while Horace and Jasper are busy watching television but their show finishes and come for them before it is possible to get them all out of the house. Pongo and Perdita then break in and come face to face with Horace and Jasper just before they are about to kill the puppies. Colonel and Tibbs lead the puppies away from the house as the adult dogs attack Horace and Jasper. 

After a joyous reunion, Pongo and Perdita realise that there are a few extra puppies with them. Thus totalling 99 altogether including their own. Totally shocked at evil Cruella’s plans, they kindly decide to adopt all of them. Also, in the knowledge that Anita and Roger would happily agree. They make their way back to London in deep snow and solid frozen waters. They get help from other animals on their journey. Cruella, Horace and Jasper attempt to run after them. The dogs even cake themselves in soot in one town to seem to be Labrador or retrievers. Soon after that they clamber inside a London bound moving van. Cruella sees them as the van is leaving due to the snow melting and clearing the soot away. In anger Cruella follows the van but rams her car and then Horace and Jasper, who are trying to cut up the van, crash into her. Safely to say, both vehicles are totally wrecked and fall into a deep ravine. Cruella and her henchmen are stranded, battered and finally defeated. Cruella shouts in anger as the van drives speedily away. 

Anita and Roger in London are trying to celebrate Christmas and Aldo his first hit single, a song based on Cruella. They are still very much missing the dogs and puppies. All of a sudden, there’s barking outside then Nanny opens the door and the house is overwhelmed with dogs. They wipe away the remaining soot to happily realise their dogs have returned home. When counting, there was found to be 84 extra puppies there. Hence, they used the money from the song to purchase a large house in the country so they can keep all 101 Dalmations. 


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