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Disney may throw around the word 'classic' with a little too much abandon when it comes to some of its animated releases, but its take on 101 Dalmatians is very much the real deal. With lively songs, a terrifically-realised story and one of its very best villains, it remains a towering achievement, over four decades since it first appeared.
The story of 101 Dalmatians starts with the two heroes of the tale, Pongo and Perdita. But when their litter of dalamatian puppies is dognapped by the evil Cruella De Vils cronies, the pair must spring into action to save their offspring before Cruella gets herself the new coat that she desires.
But while Pongo and Perdita may be the pair you end up rooting for, the undoubted star of 101 Dalmatians is Cruella De Vil. A wonderfully twisted, genuinely nasty villainess, shes an astounding creation and adds a real menace to the film. That said, its not a downbeat or scary tale: toe-tapping musical numbers, plenty of imagination and a good few chuckles make up the rest of the ingredients, and rarely have they all come together quite so well as they do here.
Retold by Disney in live action form in 1996, its nonetheless its animated take on 101 Dalmatians that remains the definitive filmed version. And now packed into a special collectors DVD set, theres never been a better reason to treat your family to a copy. Unmissable, and a reminder of why Disneys reputation in this field is quite so towering.
Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith
Format: Box set, PAL
Region: Region 2 ( DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 3
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainm
DVD Release Date: 3 Mar 2008
Run Time: 147 minutes
Triple Disc Set - Special Features
2 Disc Platinum DVD
Double pack with 101 2 Patchs London Adventure
Free gift with purchase adorable plush beanie Dalmatian puppy limited time only! (sono guarantees of getting this)
Redefining The Line: The Making Of 101 Dalmatians
Virtual Dalmatians To The Rescue!
Cruella De Vil: Drawn To Be Bad
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