101 Dalmatians (1961)



Critic Consensus: With plenty of pooches and a memorable villain (Cruella De Vil), this is one of Disney's most enduring, entertaining animated films.

Movie Info

This Disney animated classic is based on the children's story by Dodie Smith. The story involves the canine pets of a struggling composer and his wife: Dalmatians Pongo (male) and Perdita (female). Perdita gives birth to fifteen spotted pups, cuing the entrance of the scheming Cruella De Vil. She demands that the dogs' owners sell her the pups, but she is shown the door instead. Under cover of night, Cruella arranges for the pups to be stolen. The human police are baffled, but the "dog network" … More

Rating: G
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Mystery & Suspense, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Bill Peet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2008
Buena Vista - Official Site


as Cruella/Miss Birdwel...

as Perdita

as Jasper/Miscellaneous...

as Collie

as Pongo

as Roger

as Anita

as Nani/Goose/Cow

as Great Dane

as Patch the Puppy

as Holly the Puppy

as Towser

as Voice

as Voice

as Voice

as Barking Dogs
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Critic Reviews for 101 Dalmatians

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (6)

It is the wittiest, most charming, least pretentious cartoon feature Walt Disney has ever made.

Full Review… | September 4, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

While not as indelibly enchanting or inspired as some of the studio's most unforgettable animated endeavors, this is nonetheless a painstaking creative effort.

Full Review… | March 4, 2008
Top Critic

This was the last Disney animated feature (1961) that Uncle Walt lived to see through personally; it can't be a coincidence that it's also the last Disney animated feature of real depth and emotional authenticity.

Full Review… | February 12, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Brilliant entertainment.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's lovely. Surprisingly suspenseful, too.

Full Review… | March 15, 2015
Film Freak Central

This is flat-out one of Disney's finest achievements, because puppies.

Full Review… | February 20, 2015
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for 101 Dalmatians

Good Disney stuff

John Manard

Super Reviewer

With a gorgeous animation job using xerography and which ranks among the best the studio has ever done - though Walt Disney strongly disliked it -, this is a very entertaining film that also has a memorable villain and knows well how to create suspense in scenes of danger.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Classic in every aspect with a wonderful script and memorable characters, all equaling one of Disney's best animated films.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

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