101 Dalmatians is a 1996 American live-action comedy adventure film based on Walt Disney’s animated1961 movie adaptation of Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians.
Directed by Stephen Herek and co-produced by John Hughes and Ricardo Mestres, it stars Glenn Close,Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright, Hugh Laurie, Mark Williams and Tim McInnerny. Unlike the 1961 film, none of the animals have speaking voices in this version.
- Starring : Glenn Close / Jeff Daniels
- Genre : Adventure / Comedy / Crime / Family
- Country : United States / United Kingdom
- Language : English / Spanish
- Director : Stephen Herek
- Production : Walt Disney Pictures / Wizzer Productions / Great Oaks Entertainment
- Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures / Buena Vista International / Laurenfilm / Buena Vista International Finland / Filmes Lusomundo / Gaumont Buena Vista International (GBVI) / Falcon / Prooptiki / Buena Vista Home Video / Walt Disney Home Video / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Audio Visual Enterprises / Warner Home Video / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) / Netflix / Canal+ / Channel 4 Television Corporation / Channel 5 Television / Cinemax / Disney Channel / Gativideo / Home Box Office (HBO) / Moviemax Family / Rai 2 / Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
101 Dalmatians movie
101 Dalmatians release date
- November 18, 1996 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- November 24, 1996 : USA (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
- November 27, 1996 : USA
- November 28, 1996 : Singapore
- December 5, 1996 : Australia
- December 13, 1996 : UK
- December 13, 1996 : Ireland
- February 7, 1997 : Sweden
- February 21, 1997 : Spain
- March 6, 1997 : Germany
- March 8, 1997 : Japan
- March 26, 1997 : France
101 Dalmatians cast
- Glenn Close as Cruella DeVil
- Jeff Daniels as Roger
- Joely Richardson as Anita
- Joan Plowright as Nanny
- Hugh Laurie as Jasper
- Mark Williams as Horace
- John Shrapnel as Skinner
- Tim McInnerny as Alonzo
- Hugh Fraser as Frederick
- Zohren Weiss as Herbert
- Mark Haddigan as Alan
- Michael Percival as Police Inspector
- Neville Phillips as Minister
- John Evans as Pensioner with Bulldog
- Hilda Braid as Woman On Park Bench
101 Dalmatians was released on November 27, 1996. It grossed $320.6 million in theaters against a $75 million budget. Close was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. The film was also nominated for a BAFTA award for best makeup effects. A sequel, 102 Dalmatians, was released on November 22, 2000 with Close and McInnerny reprising their roles; a live-action spin-off/prequel directed by Craig Gillespie will be released on May 28, 2021.
American video game designer Roger Dearly lives with his pet Dalmatian Pongo in London. One day, Pongo sets his eyes on a beautiful female dalmatian named Perdy. After a frantic chase through the streets of London that ends in St. James’s Park, Roger discovers that Pongo likes Perdy. Her owner, Anita Campbell-Green falls in love with Roger when they meet. They both fall into the lake as a result of their dogs chasing each other, but they return to Roger’s home and Anita accepts his proposal. They get married along with Perdy and Pongo. Anita works as a fashion designer at the House of de Vil. Her boss, the pampered and very glamorous Cruella de Vil, has a deep passion for fur, going so far as to have a taxidermist, Mr Skinner, skin a white tiger at the London Zoo to make it into a rug for her. Anita, inspired by her Dalmatian, designs a coat made with spotted fur. Cruella is intrigued by the idea of making garments out of actual Dalmatians, and finds it amusing that it would seem as if she was wearing Anita’s dog.
Anita soon discovers that Perdy is pregnant and is then informed that she (Anita) is too, much to her shock. Some time later, Cruella visits their home and expresses contempt upon meeting Roger. Her initial disgust at them having a baby turns to excitement when she finds out Perdy is expecting too. Several weeks later, she returns when a litter of 15 puppies are born and offers Roger and Anita £7,500 for them, but they refuse. Enraged, Cruella dismisses Anita and vows revenge against her and Roger. One winter evening, she has her henchmen, Jasper and Horace, break into their home and steal the puppies, while Roger and Anita are walking in the park with Pongo and Perdy. Along with 84 other dalmatians that were previously stolen, they deliver them to her ancient country estate, De Vil Mansion. Jasper and Horace also asks Skinner to kill and skin them to create her coat.
With the family devastated at the loss of their puppies, Pongo uses the twilight bark to carry the message via the dogs and other animals of Britain, while Roger and Anita notify the Metropolitan Police. A dog who had witnessed the stolen puppies follows Jasper and Horace to the mansion, and finds all of them inside, before helping them escape under the duo’s noses. They make their way to a nearby farm, where they are later joined by Pongo and Perdy. Cruella arrives at the mansion and soon discovers what has happened. Angry with the thieves’ failure, she decides to carry out the job herself, while Jasper and Horace attempt to search for them also. After several mishaps, Jasper and Horace discover nearby police on the hunt for Cruella and her henchmen and hand themselves in, joining Skinner who was beaten earlier while trying to kill Lucky (one of the 15 puppies), who had been left behind. Meanwhile, Cruella tracks the puppies to the farm where they are hiding and tries to retrieve them. However, the animals outwit her, cause her to fall into a vat of molasses and get thrown through a window into a pig pen. Shortly afterwards, the fleeing dalmatians (including Lucky) are found and sent home via the Suffolk Constabulary, while those looking for Cruella arrive at the farm to arrest her. In the police van, she belittles Jasper, Horace, and Skinner for their incompetence before they are sprayed by a skunk which she had mistaken for her bag. Pongo, Perdy and their puppies are reunited with Roger and Anita.
After being informed that the remaining 84 puppies have no home to go to, as they have not yet been claimed by their original owners, they decide to adopt them, bringing the total to 101. Roger designs a successful video game featuring dalmatian puppies as the protagonists and Cruella as the villain and they move to the countryside with their millions. Roger and Anita have a baby daughter, and a year later the puppies have grown up with puppies of their own.
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