101 Dalmatians

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Walt Disney Pictures Released 1996

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Director:
Stephen Herek , Kevin Lima
Released:
1996
Rating:
G
101 Dalmatians follows two Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdy, and their human "pets" Roger and Anita, who are all overjoyed by the arrival of 15 puppies. But when the spotted-fur-loving Ms. De Vil and her clumsy cohorts, Jasper and Horace, dognap the litter -- along with every other Dalmatian pup in London -- Pongo and Perdy must rally the town's animals to their rescue. The plan hurls them toward a thrilling climax filled with uproarious moments as the puppies attempt to outwit their captors and bring on a final showdown with Cruella! Packed with the largest and cutest collection of puppies ever brought to film, 101 DALMATIANS also features a superb cast of talented humans, including Jeff Daniels, Joely Ruchardson, and Joan Plowright.

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  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Where the film misses its biggest bet, however, is in depriving the animals of the voices they had in the animated version.

  • 50

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Thanks to Glenn Close's delicious villainy, it succeeds in breathing archly theatrical life into the irresistibly monstrous Cruella DeVil. Otherwise, this remake goes to the dogs t...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Fluffy and mild to the point of somnolence, it can't even get the full benefit of its strongest asset, Glenn Close's performance as the grasping virago Cruella DeVil.

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Classics, Family Dramas, Family Comedies