July 25, 1961 in UK cinemas: Disney’s “One Hundred and One Dalmatians”

“It’s A Comedy – It’s A Mystery – It’s A Thriller – It’s New – It’s Different – It’s Delightful – It’s FUN !”

One Hundred and One Dalmatians, often abbreviated as 101 Dalmatians, is a 1961 American animated film presented by Walt Disney and based on the novel of the same name by Dodie Smith. Seventeenth in the Disney Animated Canon, it was originally released to theatres on January 25, 1961 distributed by Buena Vista Distribution.

The film stars Rod Taylor as the voice of Pongo, Cate Bauer as the voice of Perdita, and Betty Lou Gerson as the voice of the villainous Cruella De Vil. The plot centres on the fate of the kidnapped puppies of Pongo and Perdita.

This is the first Disney animated feature film to take place in the time period it was made (late 1950’s to early 1960’s), as all previous features were either period pieces or set in some kind of fantasy world with no specifically recognizable time period. Adjusted for inflation it is the 11th highest grossing movie of all time and second highest grossing animated film, just behind Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, it is also a critical gem, as critics praised it for defying Disney convention and for its character animation.

Find out more at disney.wikia.com.

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