Set in London, this famous Disney movie stars Jeff Daniels as Pongo's owner Roger, who designs computer video games, and Glenn Close as the evil villain we all love to hate Cruella DeVil.
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This movie, based on the novel "The One Hundred And One Dalmations" by Dodie Smith, is directed by Stephen Herek, and is 103 minutes of G Rated excitement.
Glenn Close does an exceptional job playing the evil Cruella. With her half black, half white hair, she actually is a little too cruel for my blood. My stomach turned a few times at her sickening evil ways. She is the Aunt of Anita, Perdy's owner. Anita is a fashion designer who designs fur coats specifically for Cruella. Although, Anita is ignorant to the fact that Cruella actually kills real animals and uses their real fur to make her designs.
When the two Dalmations, Pongo and Perdy, meet at the park it is love at first sight. The chase through the streets of London is quite funny with Pongo dragging Roger on his bicycle. (Laugh out loud hilarious is more like it.) Once Pongo causes Roger and Anita to meet, it is love at first sight for them as well, and the four of them are married.
Cruella wants desperately to have Anita's latest design made out of Dalmation puppy fur. She wants puppy fur because it is much softer than the course adult dog fur.
Pongo and Perdy have 15 puppies. Cruella comes to collect them (purchase them) but is angered by the fact that they don't have their spots yet. The stormy, rainy London weather adds extra excitement to the intensity of the moment, and the thunder booms at just the right time to keep you on the edge of your seat. (My youngest son jumped nearly a foot off the floor - and he is 8 years old!)
Some really cute names are chosen for the puppies, including Dipstick, Fidget, Two-tone, Whizzer (who of course whizzes on everything), and Lucky (the one who was born still but came back to life.)
The comedy relief bad guys who steal the puppies for Ms. DeVil are Horrace and Jasper. Skinner is the other bad guy who actually does the killing and skinning of the animals used to make Ms. DeVil's fur coats. As a child, Skinner was attacked by a vicious dog who sliced his throat leaving him mute for life. So now he has his own vendetta against dogs to settle.
We had seen this movie before, but not for a while. Yet my kids and I smiled and laughed out loud through most of this movie. There were many "on the edge of your seat" moments as well. It gets very exciting as the puppies are stolen and then every dog in the city of London goes on the hunt and spreads the word about the kidnapping. There is some very good acting and choreography done with the dogs in this movie. It's truly intriguing to watch.
The dogs are actually the ones who find the puppies, and with the help of a few other animals (a mouse, a bird, a squirrel, and some raccoons) they manage to escape from Horrace and Jasper. The excitement reaches a climax when Cruella gets quite close a few times to catching them. But the dogs escape. Not without combatting several funny attempts by Horrace and Jasper though too. Their attempts to catch the puppies are every bit as funny as the criminals in the Home Alone movies.
The grossest part of the whole movie is when Cruella gets dumped into a huge vat of molasses. As she crawls out the sight reminds you of some horror movie you've seen. My kids "yucked" at the sight of her. And just as she thinks she is going to get the last laugh and catch the puppies, the animals prove her wrong and throw her into a muddy pig pen.
Pongo and Perdy get all 99 Dalmation puppies home safely. 99 real Dalmation puppies are quite a sight to view. (But of course, we all know there were not actually 99 puppies in the movie, right?)
You will cheer and end up with a feel-good-warm-hearted feeling running through your body after watching this movie. This movie is fabulous Rated G excitement. Cruella DeVil is an excellent villain mate!
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