Plot: What’s it about?
In a scenic part of London, Roger and Anita have two wonderful Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita. Their household becomes a little fuller when Pongo and Perdita have a litter of fifteen little baby dalmatians. Awwwww! The little varmints are so cute and loveable, it’s a crime. Speaking of crime, Cruella De Vil, the mean old hag herself, shows up, along with her incompentent henchmen, Horace and Jasper. Without further notice, the fifteen little scamps disappear, but the weird part is, so did all the town’s other adorable Dalamatian puppies! No! Instead of placing an ad in the local lost and found or posting photos, Pongo and Perdita call upon the animal kingdom, bringing all their friends together to find the pups. Will they rescue the pups in time, or will Cruella be wearing the little guys byt the time they arrive?
The animation in this feature is quite good, but not as intricate as some earlier Disney works. Don’t get me wrong, it is well done, but I think it lacks the depth of Fantasia or Pinocchio, the power of animation is in the details, and 101 is lacking there. The motion is fluid however, and the main characters are well done. Some detail was sacrificed on lesser characters, but overall, it’s a good job. The feel of London is not captured here, at least not to the degree some Disney classics have captured their settings, like Hercules or Mulan. The main focus in this is out story and the main group of characters. And well, if I had to animate 101 puppies, I would skimp on the details too. 101 is a well done movie, I just don’t think it’s as good as other Disney works. The voice cast is decent enough, no real names however. The only name I recognized was Lisa Davis, who was in Queen of Outer Space with Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Overall, this is not a must have disc, unless you have small children or are a huge Dinsey fan. While it is charming and cute, it lacks the quality of other Disneys, both previous and later. If you like the movie, it’s a good buy, but the price tag is too much. Some of you will disagree, and as you should, but I feel this is not a good movie. It’s funny at times, but so many other Disney’s are funnier. So, if you like the flick, buy it. But I hope you have a deep wallet.
Video: How does it look?
I was very disappointed here. The movie is not that old, and looks like it was stored in a blender. I know that’s harsh, but it’s true. There is too much flecking for my taste. While the transfer is nice, and the movie looks better than ever, I can’t imagine this is the best this movie can look.
Audio: How does it sound?
A decent mix, with the songs coming through well, and the dialogue very crisp. Not the best, but you don’t really need the best here.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Full color art work on the disc, and the theatrical trailer.