Featured Blu-ray Review: 101 Dalmatians - The Numbers (2024)

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February 4, 2015

101 Dalmatians - Buy from Amazon: Blu-ray Combo Pack

101 Dalmatians first hit theaters more than 50 years ago. Since then, the film has been released on the home market a number of times, including in 2008, which is when I previously reviewed it. My opinion on the movie hasn't changed much, it is definitely worth owning, but is the new Blu-ray Combo Pack worth picking up for those who own the DVD?

The Movie

I'm going to keep the movie review portion short, for two reasons. Firstly, I've reviewed it in the past. Secondly, it is a classic and odds are nearly everyone reading this knows a lot of the plot already.

The film begins with us being introduced to the first of the two main human characters, Pongo, a dalmatian, who is worried that his pet, Roger Radcliffe, will stay single forever. He sits at the window looking for perfect mate for Roger. He isn't quite sure what makes a human woman attractive, so he chooses mostly based on the breed of dog the woman is walking with. When he spots Perdita, another dalmatian, it is love at first sight. And Perdita's human, Anita, isn't bad looking either. Pongo races to get Roger to the park so he can get Roger and Anita to bump into each other. It works. It works so well that in the next scene the pair are married.

Not only are Roger and Anita married, but so are Pongo and Perdita and very quickly the pair are expecting a litter of puppies. The only one more excited about the puppies than those two is Cruella de Vil. Cruella is an old classmate of Anita and extremely rich. She really wants to buy all of the puppies, but she wants to turn them into a fur coat, so Roger and Anita refuse to sell. In response, Cruella dognaps the puppies. Roger and Anita turn to the cops to get their puppies back, but when that doesn't work, Pongo and Perdita use the Twilight bark to find out where the dogs are and go to rescue them.

Like I said before, 101 Dalmatians is a classic for a number of reasons. In the scope of animation history, the film is important, because it used a very early automated animation technique using Xerox machines. The film also has one of the best villains in the history of movies, not just the history of Disney animated films, Cruella de Vil steals the movie. Add in top-notch adventure and one of the most memorable action scenes in a Disney animated movie and this is a film that has more than enough replay value to be worth owning.

The Extras

New extras begin with Disney View. Because the film was made when the standard movie aspect ratio was 4:3, there are black bars on the side of the image. You can watch the film with Disney View and those black bars will be replaced with paintings. Up next is The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt, a two-minute extended scene / short based on the TV show the dogs watch in the movie. Lucky Dogs is a nine-minute featurette on working at the Disney animation studio in the 1960s. Dalmatians 101 is a five-minute featurette with Cameron Boyce giving trivia about the movie. Up next is Walt Disney Presents: The Best Doggoned Dog in the World, a TV special used to promote the movie back in 1961. The Blu-ray also has the old extras from the previous release, minus the interactive features.

The technical presentation is excellent, which is a relief, as Disney has had some issues "remastering" some of their classics and has instead just gotten rid of fine details. That is is not case here, as you can see all of the pencil marks the Xerox process maintained, while the grain has been significantly cleaned up. Colors are strong and the blacks are deep. There are no compression issues or digital artifacts. The audio comes in the original 1.0 mono, as well as a new 7.1 surround sound track. The 7.1 surround sound track isn't as active as others I've listened to, but then again, it was built up from a mono track, so this is understandable.

The Verdict

101 Dalmatians has one of the best villains of all time and one of the best animated action scenes of all time. Additionally, there are plenty of new extras on the Blu-ray Combo Pack, enough to make it a contender for Pick of the Week.

Submitted by: C.S.Strowbridge

Filed under: Video Review, 101 Dalmatians, Cameron Boyce, Betty Lou Gerson

Featured Blu-ray Review: 101 Dalmatians - The Numbers (2024)


Is 101 Dalmatians OK for 4 year old? ›

However, One Hundred and One Dalmatians contains references to animal cruelty, slapstick violence, and one of Disney's scariest and most iconic villains. It's therefore not suitable for children under 4 years and we recommend parental guidance for children aged 4-5 and/or a sensitive audience.

Why 101 Dalmatians is so good? ›

As fur-raising as so many elements of the film are — the suspense, the British spy thriller sensibility, and Marc Davis's brilliant Cruella De Vil — I also love the film for its charm and that most elusive quality: “heart.” Best example (and certainly one of my best-loved scenes): the “Pongos” (as the Dalmatian clan is ...

Is 101 Dalmatians worth watching? ›

It's simple fun and entertainment. The humor is simple but it's good and works effective. Glenn Close is perfectly cast as über-villain Cruella De Vil and portrays a highly memorable character.

When did 101 Dalmatians come out on Blu Ray? ›

Product information
Run time‎1 hour and 19 minutes
Release dateSeptember 24, 2019
Customer Reviews4.8 out of 5 stars 5,230Reviews
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What movie for 5 year old? ›

Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Toy Story 4 (2019) Countless children have grown up with Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks), and the rest of the gang of toys as their friends.

What's the best movie for a 4 year old? ›

The Best Toddler Movies To Watch
  • Modern adaptation of a classic. The Peanuts Movie. ...
  • Playful animation. Curious George. ...
  • Vibrant, musical adventure. Encanto. ...
  • Beloved sequel. Toy Story 2. ...
  • Magical adventure anime. Ponyo. ...
  • Quirky Christmas flick. Dr. ...
  • Exciting princess story. Mulan. ...
  • Vibrant, musical animation. Coco. Image: Amazon.

Why didn t Walt Disney like 101 Dalmatians? ›

Walt Disney's Criticism of 101 Dalmatians. It is no secret that Walt was critical of One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Having spent years trying to perfect animation as an art form, to him the Xerox process seemed to destroy the illusion of life created by finely inked animated characters.

What did Walt Disney think of 101 Dalmatians? ›

The Drawing Style Of 101 Dalmatians

Messy and scribbly, it's markedly different from other Disney movies. As the Smithsonian reports, this is down to the use of a Xerox machine to make animation quicker and easier. But Walt wasn't convinced. He apparently found it hard to get used to this new aesthetic.

What is the moral of 101 Dalmatians? ›

So the life lesson that family doesn't need to be blood, remains true and continues to this day. It can be seen throughout the power of friendships forged on property, in Disney groups, and through memories with people who touch our hearts.

What is the best version of 101 Dalmatians? ›

1. 101 Dalmatians. The original and still the best, 1961's 101 Dalmatians remains the high point of the franchise to date.

Why doesn t Cruella like dalmatians? ›

Cruella saw dalmations the same as a cash crop. She Intended to slaughter them to harvest their fur. What infuriated her about the dogs is that they were clever enough to manuever escapes and cause destruction in the areas they were being held. That meant more work for her and her henchmen.

Is Cruella a spin off of 101 Dalmatians? ›

Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, Marc Platt Productions, and Gunn Films, it is based on Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians, serving as a reboot and an alternate origin story for its antagonist, Cruella de Vil. It is also the third live-action adaptation in the 101 Dalmatians franchise.

How many dogs did they use to film 101 Dalmatians? ›

230 Dalmatian puppies and 20 adult Dalmatians were used during filming.

Why is it called 101 Dalmatians? ›

Because that's what the original novel by Dodie Smith was called. The Dalmatians consist of 97 puppies that Cruella de Vil kidnapped to make her Dalmatian coat, Pongo and Missus, the parents of a litter of 15 puppies and Perdita an old liver spotted Dalmatian hired as a wet nurse for Pongo and Missus puppies.

How many versions of 101 Dalmatians are there? ›

101 Dalmatians (franchise)
101 Dalmatians
Film(s)One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) 101 Dalmatians (1996) 102 Dalmatians (2000) Cruella (2021)
Television seriesOnce Upon a Time (2014–2016)‡
Animated series101 Dalmatians: The Series (1997–1998) 101 Dalmatian Street (2019–2020)†
Television film(s)Descendants (2015)‡
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What age rating is 101 Dalmatians? ›

Is Cruella OK for a 4 year old? ›

Children aged five years and below are likely to be scared or distressed by the violent scenes from Cruella mentioned above. They might also be upset by some of the scenes below. In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Cruella has some scenes that could scare or disturb children aged 5-8 years.

Is up suitable for a 4 year old? ›

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following: as a child, Carl falls suddenly out of sight through the attic floor, breaking his arm.

Can a 4 year old watch Shrek? ›

Content that may disturb children

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under five. For example: Shrek and Donkey meet an angry and scary dragon.

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