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Entry #17 in the Disney Animated Canon. The Hundred and One Dalmatians was adapted for animation by Walt Disney Pictures and it was the second Disney animated film to be set unambiguously in contemporary times. Furthermore, the 1961 production was the first to use xerography to ease the inking process and make a film with this much technical complexity (the 101 dogs and their collective innumerable spots) possible. Unfortunately, this technology became the norm and its limitations trapped all Disney animation into a hard scratchy outline look for 16 years until The Rescuers, which finally was able to use further advancements for allow for a softer look again.Disney did a live-action adaptation of this story in 1996, casting Glenn Close as Cruella, updating it to The Present Day, and choosing not to have the animal characters speak. The film was written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Stephen Herek. This version received mixed reviews, but it turned such a huge profit that it spun off an Animated Series that ran in both syndication (as part of what remained of The Disney Afternoon) and as part of as part of ABC's One Saturday Morning lineup in the 1997-98 season. This was made by the same studio that made Doug, and again the animals were given voices.The live-action version got a sequel (102 Dalmatians) in 2000, where Cruella undergoes hypnotherapy to love puppies and hate fur coats and is released from jail to do community service for a struggling animal shelter, warned that if she ever repeats the offense, her entire fortune will go the shelter. Unfortunately, Big Ben's chimes break the hypnosis and Cruella reverts back to her fur loving puppy hating self. Not even bothering to use her to idiotic henchmen Jasper and Horace, Cruella makes an agreement with another animal skin coat lover from France named Le Pelt to make the coat, planning to use 102 dalmatians this time. Only Glenn Close and Tim McInnerny reprised their roles as Cruella and her timid butler Alonzo from the original film. The main human characters in this film are Chloe Simon, a young probation officer who now owns Dipstick (one of the 15 puppies from the first film) and is skeptical about giving Cruella another chance, and Kevin Shepard, the owner of the dog shelter Cruella is assigned to help, who is so excited that his shelter is finally doing well to be the least bit suspicious of Cruella (which comes to bit him later in the film). This film invoked Polly Wants a Microphone to provide a talking animal character. The animated version also got a sequel three years later (this was subtitled Patch's London Adventure), in which Pongo and Perdy's son Patch is accidentally left behind when the family moves to the country, and feeling unappreciated, goes to find his idol Thunderbolt to be on his show.The television show was seen briefly as part of the Disney Junior lineup on Disney Channel and was one of the shows that launched with the Disney Junior network, but as of September 3, 2013, it is no longer airing on the network.Although the original children's novel is far less remembered than the Walt Disney movie based on it, (and it had a sequel, too), this is one of the most faithful adaptations Disney has ever done.In addition to the movies, the show, and the book, two video games were made. One was the Point-and-Click Game101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor and the other was 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue, a traditional 3D Action AdventurePlatform Game. Both those games were based on the live-action films, but were styled after the original animated film.
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The Disney Adaptation (1961) and its sequel (2003)
Adaptation Name Change: Mr. and Mrs. Dearly were changed to Roger and Anita Radcliffe for the animated movie. Later adaptations give them the given names from the movie and the surname from the book. Also, Saul Badun becomes Horace, Roly Poly becomes simply Rolly, and Lt. Tib becomes Sgt. Tibbs (with that particular cat also getting a sex change in the process).
Adapted Out: A few non important character from the novel were removed like Cruella's husband and cat, Cadpig (although she appeared in the animated series), and Perdita's old boyfriend Prince (who was only mentioned in the book.)
Adult Fear: The kidnapping of the puppies is very much presented as if it was Roger's and Anita's children who were taken as well as Pongo and Perdita's.
Becoming the Mask: Thunderbolt in the sequel. At first, he just wants to use Patch's fanboy knowledge of his show to get some press but ends up becoming genuine friends with the pup and helps him rescue his family.
Berserk Button: Cruella seems like a somewhat pleasant woman at first, if a bit snide and condescending, but she really didn't like being told the Radcliffes weren't interested in selling the puppies.
Big "Shut Up!": Cruella yells this at Horace and Jasper a lot. It comes back later as she's having a tantrum over having lost the puppies and ending up in a ditch, much to the irritation of Jasper.
Butt Biter: Pongo gives Jasper a painful chomp to the rear at one point.
Butt Monkey: Both of the Baduns, but Horace in particular gets slapped around by Jasper as well as Cruella. And of course neither of them are any real match for the dogs.
The Cameo: Jock and Peg (along with the bulldog from the pound who seems to have had puppies with her) from Lady and the Tramp make cameos during the citywide dog barking scene.
Tramp and Lady themselves show up in the very same scene, Tramp on top of a car and Lady in the street.
Catchphrase: One really gets the sense that the dialogue editors loved the word "idiot".
To help get the point across: Early in the movie there's a gag where a character on the phone with Cruella says "You idiot!" to someone else in the room, but Cruella hears it and thinks the line was meant for her. A little while later, still not even halfway through the film, the exact same gag is repeated with different characters (but still Cruella on the other line).
Cats Are Mean: Completely averted with Sergeant Tibbs; he's perfectly fine around dogs and vice versa and turns out to be one of the more heroic characters in the film. In fact, he was about to die protecting the puppies from Horace and Jasper just before Pongo and Perdita arrive.
In the book, Cruella's own cat helps the dogs take down Cruella by using her sharp claws to destroy Cruella's precious collection of furs. The cat loathes Cruella for drowning her kittens.
Cat Scare: Happens twice. The first time, Tibbs is right next to a bottle of rum; Jasper tries to take a swig from the bottle and mistakenly tries to drink the cat. The second time is when Tibbs is helping the puppies to hide. Tibbs can't take on Horace and Jasper on his own, but when Jasper looks under the bed, the ensuing MEEEOOWWWW and wild leap from Tibbs startles Jasper enough for the puppies to run past him.
Ceiling Banger: Nanny did this to get Roger to take a break from writing songs.
Combat Pragmatist: As fierce as they were against Horace and Jasper, Pongo and Perdita actually dispose of them by barely touching them at all, instead using their lair's surroundings against them or fooling them into hurting themselves in their own buffoonery.
Horace and Jasper had the gall to whine about Pongo and Perdita not playing fair. Sure, they did not play fair with people who was just going to smash their pups' skulls open after having kidnapped them. Who would have thought about it.
Cool Car: Cruella's car. A lot of people have put effort into trying to figure out what model it is. It's just too bad that Cruella's obsession with making a fur coat out of the dalmatians led her to trash the car...
It looks like it's part Duesenberg, but what would one of those be doing in London?
Cowardly Lion: Sgt. Tibbs is easily scared, but that doesn't stop him from protecting the puppies in the slightest.
CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): One of the 15 (the eventual "Lucky") was apparently stillborn, leading Roger to get an idea, rubbing the pup to stimulate it to breathe.
This isn't the usual Disney invokation of Never Say "Die": It actually happened in the book as well.
Determinator: Sergeant Tibbs won't give up, even if it nearly kills him.
Deus ex Machina: The Dalmatians had nothing to do with their final escape from the villains. It was only by pure luck that the Baduns lost control of their truck and collided with Cruella's car.
Dinky Drivers: The Dalmatian Puppies do this to a London double-decker bus at the end of 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure.
The Dog Bites Back: Not one of the dogs, but at the end as Cruella is having her sobbing Villainous Breakdown which involves verbally assaulting Horace and Jasper some more, Jasper finally has enough and says "Awww, SHADDAP!".
Dogs Are Dumb: Subverted with most of them but played straight with the Colonel.
In the book, the Colonel is much less bumbling and more of an actual military commander, teaching the dogs how to fight and promoting them whenever they do something awesome.
Drives Like Crazy: Cruella. Big time. Horace and Jasper go a little crazy at the end as well.
Dumbass Has a Point: Horace is clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed, but by assuming that dogs think the way people do (which in this movie, they do), he is constantly suggesting what the dogs are actually up to when trying to evade them. He's almost always right, but Jasper will have none of it.
Even Evil Has Standards: As they search for the dogs, between the lack of any footprints and their freezing, Horace and Jasper understandably want to call it quits, but Cruella will have none of it. Finally, at the very end, as Cruella yells at her henchmen from the ditch and breaks down crying, Jasper just says, "Aw, shaddup!"
Lars in the sequel, however considering he isn't actually "evil" like Cruella or Jasper and Horace, it's more or less a Mook-Face Turn in his case.
Evil-Detecting Dog: Just about every dog can tell Cruella is pure evil. In the sequel, the first sign that Lars isn't truly evil is the fact the puppies like him.
Evil Laugh: Roger has one when he sings about Cruella.
Failure Is the Only Option: Sadly, Cruella's obsession with the dalmatian fur coat she will never have ultimately lands her in this trope.
Fairytale Wedding Dress: Averted. Anita's wearing what looks like a modest dress similar in style to her Spring outfit.
False Friend: Lil' Lightning in the sequel. He informs Thunderbolt that his character is being killed off the show, when in fact, soon revealed to be a lie just to trick Thunderbolt into getting out of the picture in order so Lightning can have the spotlight for himself having grown tired of being in Thunderbolt's shadow.
Then upon hearing about Thunderbolt still gaining fame while on a real heroic mission, Lil' Lightning then decides to join forces with him, along with the pup, obviously just to stop them from succeeding as to prevent Thunderbolt from reclaiming the spotlight. Once they reach the bad guys' hideout, Lightning persuades them to go for an open attack to rescue the puppies instead of a stealth plan, which of course fails and gets Patch and Thunderbolt locked up in cages along with the other puppies. He even reveals to them his true nature and intentions before leaving them behind in their cages.
Foreshadowing: One of the lines in the Cruella de Vil song (although this was cut from the actual movie, but does appear in music video versions of the song) is all innocent children had better beware. Roger had no idea how accurate that statement was about Cruella later turned out to be (well, if you're a dalmatian child anyhow).
Gender Flip: The character of Sergeant Tibbs (Tibb, in the novel) is changed in this adaptation from female to male. And on a more minor level, so is the puppy whose life Mr. Dearly/Roger saves at birth.
Genre Savvy: Dimwitted henchman Horace actually guesses what the dogs are doing on two occasions by attributing to them human-level intelligence; however, both times this is dismissed by Jasper who says that "dogs ain't that smart."
Lilliput was a real-world magazine of humor, short stories, photography, and the arts. Word of God is that it was simply a graphic design magazine that featured the kind of art that inspired the style of film. According to The Other Wiki, it was known for including what were for the time period daring photos of female nudes. Apparently it eventually merged with another magazine and later became explicitly pornographic.
At the end, when Pongo and Perdita return to the flat with their own puppies plus 74 extra, Anita asks "But where did they all come from?". Roger responds by patting Pongo on the head and saying "Pongo, you old rascal!".
Karma Houdini: Jasper and Horace in the sequel. Not only do they SOMEHOW escape the police that are seen arresting them at the film's end, but they also become artists themselves, selling sundresses. But this is only seen during the film's end credits.
The Load: Rolly in the first movie- he almost gets the puppies caught several times, yelping when Tibbs grabs his tail, being the only one to slip on the ice and almost sliding in line of Jasper's torch and complaining constantly about being hungry. Lucky also counts, though to a lesser extent; his only issue being his TV addiction, which nearly interferes with Tibbs trying to rescue him.
Love at First Sight: Pongo instantly takes to Perdita, calling her "the most beautiful creature on four legs."
Mama Bear/Papa Wolf: As if traveling through the English countryside in the middle of winter to save their puppies wasn't enough, Pongo and Perdita are scary when they face off against Horace and Jasper, snarling with bared teeth and their eyes flashing red. Considering they just interrupted the Baduns as they were about to bludgeon their children to death, who can blame them?
The book gets in a few hints that she's an actual devil or demon—for example, everything she eats tastes like hot pepper, implying the heat of hell.
Meet Cute: Pongo was probably going for more of a conventional Boy Meets Girl scenario, but his intervention leads to Roger and Anita's (and consequently his and Perdita's) first meeting starting out as this.
Mondegreen: Jasper says what is apparently supposed to be "I've got the nog for this job!" ("nog" as in "noggin"), but it's hard not to hear it as "knob", especially with the rhyme.
Near Villain Victory: If Horace hadn't accidentally pulled off the steering wheel to the Baduns truck causing them to crash into Cruella, there's no way the dogs would have escaped her - her car was literally hanging onto the van.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Sergeant Tibbs has the horse Captain kick Horace and Jasper into a wall... and from there, the two see the dogs' footprints in the snow. Oops.
Nightmare Face: Cruella makes a particularly frightening one during the last minute(s) of the Car Chase before Jasper and Horace crash into her.
Not Good with Rejection: Cruella makes this abundantly clear to the Radcliffes after they refuse to sell her the puppies and she promises to have her revenge.
Oh, Crap: Sergeant Tibbs gets this look after one of the Baduns grabs him by the neck, mistaking him for a bottle of wine.
A more dramatic one in the climax from Pongo and Perdita, when Cruella manages to ram her car into the back of the van they're trying to escape in.
One Head Taller: Cruella with Lars, in the sequel. Gender reversed from the usual form of this trope and avoiding stereotypes associated with taller woman shorter man pairings, actually!
Red Eyes, Take Warning: After driving her car out of the ditch in mad determination and trashing it pretty good, Cruella's eyes briefly turn red as she barrels after the truck.
Rotoscoping: Sort of. Cruella's car was a white model with outlines drawn on the edges shot in stop-motion in front of a white background with a high exposure; the result was then photocopied onto the cells.
Taught by Television: In the sequel, Patch has every episode of "Thunderbolt" memorized and uses the show's plots to first help Thunderbolt do "big hero stuff" and then to rescue his family.
Terrible Trio: Cruella De Vil and her henchmen Jasper and Horace are textbook cases.
The Extremist Was Right: Averted. A Running Gag in the first film was the colonel always wanting to attack the bad guys, but Sgt. Tibbs always telling him that that would be disastrous and just retreat. He turns out to be right, as in the second film when Patch tries to save his sibling along with Thunderbolt, they plan to use stealth to rescue them and get to safety, but Thunderbolt's partner Lil lightning (who is tired of always being in Thunderbolt's shadow, and does not want Thunderbolt to reclaim his spotlight) apparently knows that attacking the enemy's risky as well, and convinces Patch and Thunderbolt to use a "full frontal assault", knowing that they would be less likely to succeed. They do so, and get captured (except for Lightning, who secretly stayed hidden while Patch and Thunderbolt went to attack.
Think Nothing of It: In the sequel, after the puppies are safe and sound, Pongo thanks Thunderbolt for saving his family to which he responds "Oh, don't thank me. Thank your son. He's the real hero."
Through a Face Full of Fur: In the original film, Horace's face turns three shades of red from the heat of the flames in the fireplace on his rear, when Perdita and Patch snatch a rug out from under him and cause him to fall back there.
Villainous Breakdown: Cruella during the climactic Chase Scene. This is especially acute after she accidentally drives her car into a ditch and, in driving it out, accidentally trashes it on some thorny brush. By now, she is plenty pissed off, and it's become clear that it's the dalmatians or her — and she doesn't care who gets in her way.
In the book, her hair changes color with the shock of her defeat. The black half turns white... and the white half turns green!
The Villain Sucks Song: You know the one. It probably got published either because Cruella's universally acknowledged as a horrible person, or the publishers thought it was a made up name.
Watch the Paint Job: Cruella epically trashes and then wrecks her own presumably-valuable classic car in her rage-induced pursuit of the puppies. It even returns in the sequel, having apparently been very cheaply slapped back together. (Guess she's not as rich as she comes across.)
Wingding Eyes: To go along with Cruella's Nightmare Face during the chase, especially as she tries to ram her car in the back of the van the Dalmatians are trying to escape in.
Worst News Judgment Ever: Apparently fifteen stolen puppies is newsworthy enough to appear on the front page of three different papers. You could argue that it's a unique enough crime to make the headlines.
You Shall Not Pass: Captain, Colonel and Tibbs do this for the Pongos at the old farmhouse, and later the Labrador at Dinsford does it as well — attacking Jasper and Horace so the Dalmatians can escape.
The Live Action Adaptation (1996) and its sequel (2000)
Accidental Misnaming: Cruella never gets Roger's name right (This trope is repeated in the TV series.)
Absolute Cleavage: At one point Cruella can be seen wearing a corset that shows off her upper body rather nicely.
Dope Slap: Horace gets one from Jasper after loudly pointing out the scar on Skinner's neck when he was specifically told not to.
Easily Forgiven: In the end of the second live-action film, Allonzo was still free and there was no mention of him being on probation. Also, he was on friendly terms with the heroes.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: At one point, Cruella assumes that Roger and Anita are refusing to sell her the puppies because they plan to use them as part of a scheme to make a bestselling videogame, rather than say, being concerned for their wellbeing.
In the first park scene with Roger and Pongo one of the dogs walking by is a bulldog with very large (and noticeable) testicles.
In the park scene, Roger realizes that the female Perdy is not his male Pongo when he lifts her hind leg and checks her genitalia.
Cruella has what appears to be an orgasim at the sight of the Siberian tiger pelt. In fact most of her reactions to fur can be seen as sexual in nature
When Roger and Anita tell Cruella they're having a baby, she's less than interested. When Roger adds that they're also having puppies (meaning Pongo and Perdy were) Cruella grins and says, "Well, you have been a busy boy, haven't you?" Yes, ladies and gentlemen, they made a bestiality joke in a Disney movie.
Gross Out Show: A pig farts in Cruella's face, she falls into a vat of molasses and is kicked by a horse into a pigsty.
Human-Focused Adaptation: Sort of. Because none of the animals talk in this version, the humans get more focus and screen time.
Jumping Out of a Cake: Clever inversion in the climax of the sequel, where Cruella is apprehended by trapping her inside a cake.
Just Train Wrong: In one scene in the sequel, Cruella De Vil travels on the Venice-Simplon Orient Express to Paris, hauled by preserved locomotive 'Flying Scotsman'. However, the train leaves from St. Pancras (whilst nowadays trains to Paris 'do' leave from St. Pancras, that wasn't the case in 2000), the train to Paris would have been the Eurostar, and while it is likely that Flying Scotsman hauled the VSOE at one time that year, it would have left from Victoria as an excursion train to points around Britain (steam locomotives are not permitted to operate in the Channel Tunnel).
Lost in Imitation: Naturally seems to be based more on the 1961 film than on the book (though unlike the first film, it does get Roger and Anita's last names from the original book right: Dearly instead if Radcliffe. Also, the sequel includes the dinner party which was not included in the original film. )
What's really weird is that all filming was done in England.
Justified in a bizarre way. There are feral populations of raccoons and skunks in England. Long story short, they were bred for the fur trade (and as exotic pets) but ended up escaping into the wild and breeding. It's not so much a case of misplaced wildlife in fiction, but rather a case of misplaced wildlife in Real Life.
Tastes Like Chicken: The parrot who thinks he's a dog when he was chewing at the woodwork when he saw the puppies below.
Tempting Fate: An unhinged Cruella rants about being victorious yet against the dalmatians and all the other farm animals and then yells, "Cruella De Vil has the last laugh!", laughing maniacally as she does so. The farm animals, in a kind of example of a Shut Up, Hannibal!, kick her out of the barn and into a pigpen. Moments later, the police shows up to arrest her. Clearly, that was her last laugh.
This Is My Human: Pongo, at least, considers himself the Master of the household.
Worst News Judgment Ever: Why do National Newspapers like The Independent have reports on two relative nobodies getting married? Or make the kidnapping of fifteen puppies front page headline news? Though Anita did work as a fashion designer for Cruella's fashion house, nothing on screen implies she is particularly notable within in the company - Cruella only notices her when she designs the coat (her original idea being for FAKE fur).
In "Home is Where the Bark Is", Spot is out of commission, but she is shown for a split second at one point in the episode.
Spot is absent in "You Slipped a Disk" and in "Cadpig Behind Bars".
In "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move", the main pups are absent for a majority of the episode. They do appear in the flashback sequences, but they also appear briefly at the very end, and Lucky has one little speaking part.
Accidental Misnaming: A Running Gag with Cruella is that she usually refers to Roger by other names that begin with "R", generally out of apathy. Interestingly, she actually seems to remember his name when she's particularly scheming against the Dearlys.
Animal Talk: Played straight for the most part, just like in the original novel and animated movie, but the episode Virtual Lucky both averted and played this trope straight. At the beginning of the episode, when Lucky is yelling at Cruella for ruining his stunt, all she hears is barking. But then when Cruella and Lucky get sucked into Roger's new computer game Cruella hears Lucky speaking and is shocked (Lucky tells her that this is because they're in a video game, where anything can happen), and later when Cadpig tries to tell Roger what happened, all he hears is barking. Confusing aint it?
The Artifact: The prominent "One-oh-one"s in the theme song is apparently a holdover from when the show was going to be titled Dalmatians 101 which they changed at the last minute.
Patch is featured prominently among the other main characters in the second half of "Prima Doggy" (though with only two lines), as the episode was produced very early in the run and he was initially planned to be a major character. He's a minor character for the rest of the show.
Babysitting Episode: The series had two instances, which were paired up together. "Rolly's Egg-Celent Adventure" had Rolly taking care of Cornelia's eggs, which hatched at the beginning of the episode when he sat on them. "Wild Chick Chase" was about Spot having to babysit Peeps, a chick who kept getting into danger.
Brand Names Are Better: In one episode, Dearly Farm runs out of its usual supply of Kanine Krunchies. Lucky, Cadpig, Rolly, and Spot are offended and horrified when they hear that they'll get AnyMutt brand kibble instead, arguing it must be worse because it doesn't have TV adverts. After foiling an attempted robbery on the local store, the pups and chicken are rewarded with dog food. Said dog food is AnyMutt, yet they didn't notice the difference. Or care since AnyMutt is apparently just as good, if not better.
Brother-Sister Incest: In the episode, "Love 'Em and Flea 'Em", Lucky takes Two-Tone out to the pups' Fall Ball. Presumably, the makers of the show were either trying to be sweet, they mistook Two-Tone as one of the adopted puppies and assumed she wasn't Lucky's blood-related sibling, or since the series is a separate continuity she genuinely isn't Lucky's real sister in-series. The episode doesn't address the matter any way it can be looked at regardless. At least the fans were happy with it.
Butt Monkey: Spot and Rolly tend to get the most abuse.
Can't Get Away with Nuthin' /Downer Ending: In "Mall Pups," three of the pups and the chicken sneak away from class to attend a mall event featuring the first lady and first dog. They are eventually caught up by the Colonel, do not get to meet either the first lady or the first dog, and are sentenced to a three-week grounding and other punishments.
And in the episode "Snow Pups", when the pups are denied permission by Pongo to go on the mountain camping trip with him and Roger, they stow away to prove they can survive. But the pups bump into Cruella, who is also camping out in the cold, and a huge blizzard suddenly strikes. Hilarity Ensues from there, but the pups still manage to survive the blizzard. In the morning Pongo and Roger find Cruella and the puppies asleep in a cave. Lucky states that they proved they were capable of surviving in the wilderness, but Pongo says they also disobeyed him, and grounds them for a week. much to their dismay.
Catchphrase: Rolly has two known catchphrases: "Oh, papa!" and "Are you calling me fat?" The pups have also said, "Holy Chimichanga!" a couple of times, but that one didn't really catch on.
Characterization Marches On: Compared to the original movie, Lucky is a lot closer in temperament and personality to his book-counterpart.
Composite Character: The whole show is a mix of the animated film and the live-action one. For instance, Cruella still owns a fashion company and employs Anita (like in the remake), but she apparently never went to prison (like in the cartoon... maybe).
The series has Cadpig who was in the book, but was never mentioned in either the animated or live action movies.
Cone of Shame: Lucky in one episode had to wear a cone after falling from a high tree branch and getting stitches. Cue humiliation from the other dogs.
Continuity Nod: In the pilot episode, when Cruella has the three main pups locked in their old home in the city to use as ransom for the farm, the pups try to escape through the chimney, but they fall and get covered in soot (in the original film(and book) the dogs covered themselves in soot to make Cruella think they were labradors). Lucky even lampshades this:
Cultural Translation: The show is clearly set in the U.S. judging from the accents and the presence of a mailbox reading "US MAIL" at one point. All the characters from the movie jarringly have their British accents and mannerisms altered according to this (this is particularly noticable with the Colonel, originally an uptight Britannic officer parody, now a Southern-Fried Private).
Eyedscreen: When Lt. Pug decides to face his nemesis in "Howl Noon," the scene is presented in letterbox widescreen, but then switches box to the normal aspect ratio when Cadpig (who is chained to Pug) pulls them underground to hide.
Huge Rider, Tiny Mount: Cadpig has shown several times in the series that she can easily support Lucky's weight despite being much smaller than him.
Human Ladder: The main pups do this quite regularly. Most traditionally, the lineup is Lucky on top, Cadpig in the middle, and Rolly on the bottom, for obvious reasons. It's even shown twice in the show's opening sequence - curiously, though, in both cases it's Rolly who is on top.
Hypocritical Humor: Cadpig believes in world peace and preaches non-violent solutions to problems but then beats up other dogs for insulting her friends or family members or attacks Cruella right after stating her opposition to violence.
Idea Bulb: Lucky gets one in Barnboozled when he figures out to drive Cruella out of the barn.
Laugh Track: In "You Slipped a Disk," one is briefly played after Lucky accidentally pounces Rolly and Cadpig suggests "Um... Lucky? Next time, why don't you tackle the bad guy?" It comes up again in the episode's second half, "Chow About That?," when she suggests that Rolly is having a "psychic sugar rush." It also comes up in "It's a Sawmp Thing" after Lucky says to Spot, "I said a scarf, not a muffler!"
Lost in Imitation (again): The premise and cast are a motley mix of all three previous versions. The characters all look (more or less) like the ones from the 1961 film, and Cruella apparently never went to jail, but Anita works for Cruella's fashion company, Roger is a video game developer, their last name is Dearly, and all the new puppies from the 1996 film get secondary roles. And Cadpig, who only appeared in the original book, is one of the lead characters!
Monster Clown: In "You Say It's Your Birthday", Cruella attempts to sabotage the Dearlys' surprise party for the pups while under the impression that it's Anita working for her competitor. She infiltrates it while disguised as a clown. As if she wasn't creepy enough.
The Movie: The final three episodes of the series were also released as a direct-to-video movie, Dalmatian Vacation (but only in foreign countries), bringing the total number of 101 Dalmatian-themed Disney movies up to five.
Never Trust a Trailer: Before the series premiered, there was a promo of it at the beginning of a few VHS tapes for episodes of Disney's Doug showing clips that were never on the show. Some promos on TV showed unseen clips as well.
The quality of the animation varies heavily, though it's justified as there were many studios working on the show, it had to be produced at a quick rate to get the episodes airing every weekday, and it gets difficult having to draw a large number of dogs all the same breed.
Out of Order: Since the program began airing on the Disney Junior channel in repeats, the broadcasts began with an episode in the middle of the program's second season and then have been airing in what seems to be an order picked by throwing darts at a board. The recap episode "Humanitarian of the Year" was aired before many of the stories it recaps, while the third part of "Dalmatian Vacation" aired with the first two parts not even anywhere in sight on the schedule. They have also started airing repeats of episodes they have already aired, even though there are still numerous episodes that they haven't, and it's beginning to look like they just don't have those episodes to air.
The show aired almost every episode out of order in the original run. This was due to the episodes being split into two packages (one for ABC to air on Saturday mornings and one for syndication on weekday afternoons) which caused the episodes to get jumbled up.
Picked Last: Lt. Pug picks Lucky and Tripod as team leaders for cohesion drills in one episode. Spot is the last picked and Lucky even tries to pick a bucket instead because she is a chicken and the rest are dogs. She gets her own back later in the episode, though.
Playing Cyrano: In "Swine Song", Cadpig acts as Cyrano, telling Rolly what to say to Dumpling.
Pounds Are Animal Prisons: The pound that Cadpig gets sent to in "Cadpig Behind Bars" is situated on an island and actually does have cages with bars, a security card system to raise & lower the drawbridge, and a prison yard.
Skyward Scream: Rolly in "Chow About That?" "We... missed... LUNNNNCH!!!"
Spin-Offspring: In a way. Pongo and Perdita, the stars of the film, are Demoted To Extras, while their puppies Lucky, Rolly (both of whom were supporting characters themselves in the film) and Cadpig (who was only named in the book) take the spotlight.
Stealth Pun: During one of the group's attempts to break up Cadpig and Mooch in "My Fair Moochie", Lucky sets up a bogus ring toss booth while dressed as an old-timey boardwalk barker.
Sudden Anatomy: Characters tend sprout thumbs whenever a pose or action requires them.
Dumpling gains fists instead of her usual front trotters briefly in "Mooove It On Over" (possibly due to an animation error)
Super-Strong Child: A lot of times, the main pups show that they're a lot stronger than they look, mainly Cadpig.
Sweet Home Alabama: Parodied in "Southern Fried Cruella," in which Cruella De'vil tried to convince a magazine editor giving out an award for humanitarianism that she was just a "good ol' sugar borrowing neighbor" of the Dearlys and failing miserably.
Theme Tune Roll Call: While technically this may not count, during the show's intro, each of the main pups gets their own character title card.
This Is Reality: Spot gives the line "This is a real life, not television," in "On the Lamb" when Lucky decides they should pursue Lambo.
Those Two Bad Guys: Jasper and Horace. There is even one episode of the series called "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move" which focuses on the two of them applying for work. This episode takes the focus off Lucky, Cadpig, Rolly and Spot (who don't even physically appear until the end) to focus on Cruella's henchmen who aren't particularly interesting to start with, runs for a whole half-hour, and to top it all off, it's a clip show. This episode tends to be many fans' pick for the series' worst episode. Watch it if you're in desperate need of sleep.
Through a Face Full of Fur: In "Spots And Shots", Lucky's fur eventually turns green and his spots turn pink, as well as his nose turning blue and swelling up. This is a result of him not getting the vaccination needed to prevent these symptoms of a highly contagious condition from happening, after he spent the day attempting to avoid seeing the vet.
In "Beauty Pageant Pandemonium", an irate Ivy's face turns red when her chances at winning the contest (due to her aunt Cruella's not-so-full-proof plan) turn bust.
In "Love 'Em And Flea 'Em", Lucky's fur is turned pink from pink food coloring that Mooch spills intentionally (in an effort to be Two-Tone's date at the dance instead), mixed with water and soap, after being bathed by Nanny. And at the end of the episode/segment, a steamed Mooch gradually turns red from bottom to top and steam comes out of his ears when his sabotage fails and Lucky tells him, "Cheer up, Mooch. You look so blue".
Time Travel Romance: "De Vil-Age Elder" features the main cast (and Cruella) arriving in a time and space-transcending village cursed by a witch as a response to Cruella's ancestor's harshness. The witch's spell reduces all but Cruella and Spot to become mindlessly happy and never want to leave. During their stay, Lucky meets up with a carriage pup named Rebecca and becomes smitten with her. When the spell is broken and the main cast are making their escape before the village disappears, Lucky still shows legitimate feelings for Rebecca and asks her to come with them. While the feeling is mutual, Rebecca chooses to remain to keep an eye on Cruella's ancestor. And because it wasn't enough of a Bittersweet Ending, Laser-Guided Amnesia kicks in, leaving Lucky completely unaware of her existence not long afterwards.
You, Get Me Coffee: When Lucky first meets Thunderbolt in "Watch for Falling Idols," Thunderbolt tells Lucky to get him some lunch - "a mineral water and a croissant, if you can find it." Unlike most instances of this trope, however, Lucky is thrilled to do it, because he's so starstruck.