101 Dalmatians (1961)
One Hundred and One Dalmatians(alternatively titled 101 Dalmatians) is a 1961 animated film directed by Wolfgang Reitherman and distributed by Disney (formally Buena Vista Pictures Distribution). It is based off then 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Dalmatian Pongo is tired of his bachelor-dog life. He spies lovely Perdita and maneuvers his master, Roger, into meeting Perdita's owner, Anita. The owners fall in love and marry, keeping Pongo and Perdita together too. After Perdita gives birth to a litter of 15 puppies, Anita's old school friend Cruella De Vil wants to buy them all. Roger declines her offer, so Cruella hires the criminal Badun brothers to steal them -- so she can have a fur coat.
Why It Rocks
- The animation goes with the film's cartoony and fun spirit. Note that this is the first animated film to use Xerox process, which helped draw animation faster.
- Great voice-acting, especially from Betty Lou Gerson (yes, Cruella).
- Cruella is an awesome villain.
- Pongo's idea of rolling into soot to 'look like a Labrador' is a creative idea, especially considering the dog protecting them is a Labrador.
- The comedy interwoven into it is funny.
- The puppies are cute, most notably Lucky (whose name is ironic).
- Roger's song 'Cruella DeVil' became a phenomenon.
- The sequel is just as good.
- Its live-action adaptations aren't as good, though it has gotten mixed reviews.
- It has the annoying reused animation that would become common for animated Disney films until 1981.