101 Dalmatians - Disney Films Project
We were excited to watch one of our old favorites for our Disney Films Project and we found that we enjoyed the 101 Dalmatians so much as we watched it once again for this review.
This movie is so full of memories for me that I can't help but associate it with Alex's childhood. He was obsessed with this movie for at least a year. When he was two years old, we watched it at least once a day, often times more than that. I believe I will have the dialogue memorized for the rest of my days. It's a good thing is a good movie!
Pongo is a great protagonist and I love the beginning when he is narrating the scene and talking about his "pet" Roger. The story of meeting Perdita and the arrival of the puppies is adorable and fun. The scenes around the TV are some of the funniest of the movie and I love the Canine Crunchies advertisement. Cruella is definitely a villain and deserves to have a song written about her. I never have liked her overuse of the word "idiot" though and that was something that made me cringe when Alex was little because I didn't want him to use that word. Boris and Jasper steal the show for me. They are much more fun to watch than Cruella.
Overall, this is one of the classics in my book and a great part of the Disney library. I think that Anita and Perdita could have been given a little more to do because they are a bit on the bland side, but I realize the story isn't about them. I love the personality of the puppies and setting of England. I'm giving this a 9 out of 10 Mickeys.
Second opinion with Alex
So the word of the day is Bias. From the age of 2, I was crazy into this film, and still am, for different reasons. I'm a distinct Anglophile, and a British air pervades the entire production. The whole thing comes off as well made, tightly knit, and good in execution.
This is also one of the films that saved Disney from going under financially. The Xerox process made sure of that. Even so, the animation reflects the film's 1950's England setting perfectly, as does the writing.
The whole thing could generate much more in coverage, but it's a nice, focused film. I give this 9 out of 10 Mickeys. The only caveat is that I wish it were a little longer.