One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Geronimi, Luske, Reitherman, 1961)
I was born and raised a Disney child and I never have grown out of it. Despite this, it has been a while since I’ve seen almost all of the classic animated Disney movies I grew up with. So I have decided I want to watch them all again – in order of release. When I finish, I will rank them all, and hand out my number scores from there.
I can’t say my opinion of this film has changed much over the years. I didn’t watch this a lot as a child, probably because it was not one of my favorites. And, watching it again as an adult, I still say it’s not one of my favorites. The only character that jumps out at you as having any substance or memorable qualities is Cruella De Vil. She saves what would have been a mostly dull and unimaginative film, in my opinion. Her downfall from a cunning, ruthless entrepeneur to a psychotic, dangerous madwoman is terrifying.
And though Cruella is an easy villain to root against, the dog protagonists are too forgettable to root for. In fact, in almost every scene they were in, I found the other animals who were helping them along their path more interesting. But, hey, I guess they are what they need to be – concerned parents on a mission to rescue their children. That’s who they are and what they do, and everything else about them is unimportant, I suppose. 5.75/10