|101 Dalmatians (DVD, 1998) (DVD, 1998)|
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Before watching this film I was worried- How could Disney possibly take this classic storyline and turn it into a live action movie that would appeal to children AND adults WITHOUT COMPLETELY BUTCHERING IT? Not to worry- the way they have converted and updated this film is truly impressive. In fact, it is just as impressive as the cast of characters, that includes Glenn Close, as a fabulous Cruella De Vil, Hugh Laurie (from House), as one of her bumbling henchmen and Jeff Daniels, as Roger. Although the dogs do not actually talk to each other in this one, thier use of nonverbals is excellent and clearly manages to tell their part of the story. To make up for lack of dialogue between the dogs, the stories between the human actors has been expanded, which I think adds a new and interesting dimension to the storyline.
In this one Roger is not a musician trying to compose a hit song, he is a video game designer trying to create the perfect villian for his latest dalmation- inspired game and Anita is a fashion designer. She works for The House of De Vil, which is of course, owned and ruthlessly operated by the fur- obsessed Cruella. Cruella begins taking notice of Anita as a designer when she sees a drawing of a dalmation- inspired dress that she has done. And when Anita decides to work at home after a whirl wind romance and wedding to Roger, Cruella feels snubbed and vows revenge...
Although this movie is rated G, I would not recommend it for younger viewers. The Cruella character is very scary and some of the chase/ escape scenes appear even more intense than they are in the cartoon version.
Fashion designer Anita and computer-game writer Roger meet, fall in love and marry along with their dalmatians Perdita and Pongo. But the proud dogs' puppies are kidnapped by Anita's boss Cruella De Vil, who is stealing young dalmatians to make the coat she has set her heart on. Enlisting the help of the British animal kingdom, Pongo and Perdita set out to find and rescue all ninety-nine pups from their fearsome captors, Jasper and Horace. "101 Dalmatians" is perfectly good clean children entertainment. It's has a fun feeling and atmosphere and some great characters. Glenn Close is perfectly cast as über-villain Cruella De Vil and portrays a highly memorable character. She truly is the highlight of the movie and steals the show. If you liked the cartoon as a kid, you'll love this version as well. Sit down with your family and enjoy this movie.
These are great collectors items. Fun for both children and adults. Great investment for entertainment with the family. Love these two great classic Disney movies!
What could be worse than stealing puppies for your own selfish reasons. Glenn Close as Cruella De Ville is the film's scenestealer along with a lot of puppies. At time the movie can be a little too syrupy and clumsy but Close's performance more than makes up for it.
I had bought this movie, because it is one that I have been looking for for a long while now, and had the chance to get it. Everything was great during the bidding and shipping and everything. But when I got it to view it, it had turned out that it is a region 2 instead of a region 1 and couldn't watch it, because my DVD player wouldn't play it.