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101 Dalmatians: Platinum Edition

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
6 out of 10
Extras Rating:
9 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: G

Starring:
Rod Taylor as Pongo (voice)
Betty Lou Gerson as Cruella De Vil / Miss Birdwell (voice)
Cate Bauer as Perdita (voice)
Lisa Daniels as (voice)
Ben Wright as Roger (voice)
Frederick Worlock as Horace / Inspector Craven (voice)
Lisa Davis as Anita (voice)
Martha Wentworth as Nanny / Queenie / Lucy (voice)
J. Pat O'Malley as Colonel / Jasper (voice)
Tudor Owen as Towser (voice)
Tom Conway as Quizmaster / Collie (voice)
George Pelling as Danny (voice)
Thurl Ravenscroft as Captain (voice)
David Frankham as Sgt. Tibs (voice)
Ramsay Hill as Television Announcer / Labrador (voice)

Special Features:
All-New Digital Restoration With Enhanced Picture And Sound
All-New "Cruella De Vil" Music Video
Virtual Dalmatians Game -- Over 101 Possibilities! Adopt, Train And Care For Your Very Own Puppy
Pop-Up Trivia Tracks -- As You Watch The Movie, Discover Over 101 Things You Never Knew
"101 Dalmations" Fun With Language Games
Redefining The Line: The Making Of "101 Dalmations"
"Sincerely Yours, Walt Disney" -- Experience The Actual Correspondence Between Walt Disney And The Author Of The Book
Cruella De Vil: Drawn To Be Bad -- Discover The Inspiration Behind Disney's Most Outrageous Villain
Deleted Songs
And Much More!

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
French and Spanish Language
French and Spanish Subtitles
Running Time: 79 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

"Walt Disney's original classic '101 Dalmations' has charmed audiences for generations with its irresistible tail-wagging stars, memorable story and wonderful blend of humor and adventure. Now, with spectacular new bonus features including a 'Virtual Dalmatians' game, 101 Pop-Up Trivia Facts and an all-new digital restoration, this beloved animated masterpiece shines like never before in a special 2-disc Platinum Edition. Cruella De Vil, Disney's most outrageous villain, sets the fur-raising adventure in motion when she dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London -- including 15 from Pongo and Perdita's family. Through the power of the 'Twilight Bark,' Pong leads a heroic cast of animal characters on a dramatic quest to rescue them all in a story the whole family will enjoy again and again."

"101 Dalmatians" is rated G.

Mini-Review:
Like the other Disney "Platinum Edition" DVDs, this version of "101 Dalmatians" is excellent. It features a beautifully remastered picture, a ton of in-depth documentaries, rare songs and art from the production process, games, and more. There's plenty here to entertain adults, children, and animation fans alike.

And like with the other Disney Platinum editions, I gave my kids their first glimpse at a Disney animated classic. This time around it was my 3-year-old son who got to see "101 Dalmatians" for the first time. He started out watching it completely enthralled by the puppies. He started losing interest until Cruella De Vil suddenly appeared on the screen. Freaked out, he packed his stuff and calmly evacuated the living room. He eventually returned and watched the conclusion with great interest, but Cruella certainly freaked him out…as she did most kids. I mean, what's up with the whole puppy coat thing, anyway? (On a related note, they use her for an anti-smoking ad at the beginning of the DVD. Convenient, eh?)

Overall, these Platinum Edition DVDs are a great way to introduce kids to the Disney Classics and to learn more about the cartoons you grew up with.

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