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.

One  Hundred and One Dalmatians (Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, & Wolfgang Reitherman, 1961)

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

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2 Responses to “One Hundred and One Dalmatians (Geronimi, Luske, Reitherman, 1961)”

  1. I do like the movie though, and my daughters do too. I think a lot of people can connect with the dog characters, and their antics really endear them to children.

    The movie has the typical Disney interpretation of 1950’s England for the American mind – everyone speaks Cockney (East London slang) and the crooks are very stereo-typically dumb.

    Actually the twin love stories between the shy humans and Pongo and Purdie is quite cute.

    • chrisfilm Says:

      Could be since I didn’t have a dog as a child that’s why I never cared for this even when I was young.

      I agree the twin love stories are cute, though having them last longer than 10 minutes would have helped.

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