YMMV / 101 Dalmatians
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The 1961 animated film and its 2003 sequel
- Adaptation Displacement: Though not the worst adaptation displacement for a Disney film
- Ear Worm:
- Cruella de Vil, Cruella de Vil... if she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will...! Arguably justified in its catchiness in that Roger's a musician.
- Two words: Kanine Krunchies.
- Ensemble Darkhorse:
- Sgt. Tibbs was quite popular, possibly for being almost Keet and subverting Cats Are Mean.
- Patch, through and through. 95% of all merchandise features him.
- Roger, for giving us the song "Cruella De Vil" is almost universally liked, especially because how much he enjoys it hamming the song up
- Hollywood Homely: When Pongo is scouting out a mate for Roger (and himself), the first woman to walk by is a gangly brunette in glasses and a beret, carrying an easel and walking an Afghan hound. Pongo is quick to dismiss them both, but she's not at all bad looking, and probably not the worst match for Roger, considering they're both artists.
- Jerkass Woobie:
- Horace and Jasper could qualify considering they have to endure the berating of their Bad Boss Cruella.
- In the sequel, Thunderbolt does act pretty dickish towards Lightning, to the point where he's almost justified for trying to get rid of Thunderbolt. It's just a shame, he had to cross the Moral Event Horizon later on.
- Love to Hate: Cruella.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Misaimed Fandom: Many fur fans actually like Cruella, especially the animated version, for her huge fox coat. And a lot of the mentions of fur, like sleeping between ermine sheets in the book, often just seem like a sybaritic Pretty in Mink.
- Moral Event Horizon:
- Both Cruella and Jasper are already established as cruel for their part in stealing the puppies, but both of them cross the line when they try to run the truck off the road to catch the puppies and if it wasn't for Horace's clumsiness, they might have succeeded.
- What sympathy you may have had for Lightning goes out the window, when he knowingly leaves Thunderbolt and the puppies to die.
- Sampled Up: The famously catchy "Cruella de Vil" may intentionally sample the chorus line of Thelonious Monk's "Bolivar Blues", which got its first album release in 1957.
- Sequelitis: Patch's London Adventure makes this the third version to have a sequel. But as far as Disney sequels go, it's one of the better ones.
- Values Dissonance: Pongo hides behind a closed door in another room during Perdita's giving birth to their pups. In the modern-age western world, if a biological mother and biological father are still romantically involved at the time of birth of their child, it can be considered the norm that the father is present at the birth (though some may get squeamish, leading to the trope of them passing out during the birth of their child)
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Pepper gets one speaking line during the entire film and her voice led many people to believe she was male.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: All of the cars! Looks like CGI, right? Actually, they're wooden models with hard black lines painted on their edges, photographed moving in real time with every frame then blown up and xeroxed onto animation cels. Despite all this, they haven't aged a day!
The 1996 live-action remake and its 2000 sequel
- Broken Base: The first live-action movie is a base breaker on its own compared to the animated version, but the sequel is even more of one. Was it better, worse, or on the same level as the first movie?
- Crowning Music of Awesome: Rescue from the live-action movie. Disney even reused it for the VHS trailer for the 1997 copy of Sleeping Beauty and the theatrical trailer for Doug's 1st Movie.
- Draco in Leather Pants: Glenn Close's Cruella gets this, with a tragic traumatic childhood.
- Evil Is Sexy: Glenn Close's Cruella has some rather flattering outfits.
- Family-Unfriendly Aesop: You should never give a second chance to anybody. S/he will most probably become evil again if s/he's anywhere near the Big Ben, anyway. Whoever wrote that must have missed the fact that Cruella wasn't the only character in probation.
- Ham and Cheese:
- It may not be six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close's most profound role, but she makes a really good Cruella and is clearly having a ball hamming it up.
- In the sequel, fellow Oscar nominee Gerard Depardieu is also a Card-Carrying Villain, made even more flamboyant by ridiculous clothes that somewhat surpass Cruella's own.
- Just Here for Godzilla: The only reason most people watch the live-action remake is Glenn Close's Cruella.
- Villain Decay: Cruella was noticeably less menacing in the second live action movie than she was in the first (but still just as hammy).
- The Woobie: Oddball in 102 Dalmatians.