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YMMV: 101 Dalmatians

The 1961 Film and its 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.
  • 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
  • Foe Yay: I cannot be the only one that thought Cruella, bit of too much interest in Roger. Seriously, she's on a first name basis with him, relishes albeit playfully that he's "a fool" and jokes about his songs. And in the moment her offer to purchase the puppies for their fur was rejected by Roger, after she's finished going off on Annetta, the nanny and the dogs, she storms off...only to return and call Roger an "idiot" and then storming off again. And in a later scene she singles out Roger of the grieving couple when the puppies are stolen and again thinks of him lovingly as a "fool".
  • Jerkass Woobie: Horace and Jasper could qualify considering they have to endure the berating of their Bad Boss Cruella.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Pepper gets one speaking line during the entire film and her voice led many people to believe she was male.

The Live Action Remake and its 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.
  • Evilis 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.
  • 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.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Mr. Skinner's wheezing.
  • Villain Decay: Cruella was noticably 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

The TV Series

  • Anvilicious: While the TV series has An Aesop in most episodes, they never jammed them into your head. The episode "Smoke Detectors"note , on the other hand, falls right under this.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The sudden and one-time uses of a studio audience laugh track in "You Slipped a Disk" and "Chow About That?"
  • Crack Pairing: Lucky/Rainbow Dash has cropped up within the fandom.
  • Creator's Pet: Spot is mostly disliked because she's a main character and Ensemble Darkhorse Two-Tone isn't (or Patch, thus filling out the four characterized puppies from the original book.)
  • Ear Worm: The theme song
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Two-Tone.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Lucky/Rebecca and Cadpig/Tripod are two notable examples in the TV series fanbase.
  • Foe Yay: Cadpig and Mooch had this going on for a while, particularly in "My Fair Moochie".
  • Jerkass Woobie: In the series, the episode "Coup De Vil" actually turns Cruella into one.
    • Several episodes of the series portray Cruella as a Jerkass Woobie / Jerk With A Heart Of Gold combination.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Yard sale? I love yard sales! Actually, I hate yard sales. Of course, the pros of a yard sale are the bargains, but the cons of a yard sale are that the items are used. Ick!"
    • Cadpig's comment about "day old pizza"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Pretty much everything Dimsdale De Vil does in De Vil-Age Elder, including trying to use his descendant Cruella as a replacement to be trapped in Devilville for all eternity.
    • Also Lt. Pug's extreme insults and maltreatment of Spot during the episode "Full Metal Pullet", which nearly broke Spot down into tears before she stood up for herself.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Rebecca, the adorable Scottish-accented carriage pup of "De Vil-Age Elder"
  • The Scrappy: Lt. Pug.
    • And Dumpling.
    • And Swamp Rat.
    • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The episode "Hog Tied" did portray Dumpling in a somewhat positive and sympathetic light and she did save Cadpig's life. So maybe she could be excused from this.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The main message of "Full Metal Pullet" which is that true friends don't abandon each other for their own selfish needs, or watch each other get humiliated by others without standing up for them.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Rolly, with his blue collar.
    • How many here didn't know Spot the Chicken was a female until her gender was actually mentioned?
    • The same could be said about Cadpig, since her voice and small size fit the requirements of the young boy character voiced by a female voice actress.
  • Villain Decay: Cruella in the TV series, who is still a greedy criminal who hates dogs but is more of a conniving cartoonish villain than the nasty piece of work she was in the films. Also, even after the events of the film (which presumably are still part of this canon in some form), nobody else seems to hate her as much as they should (except Roger).
    • Moral Guardians were likely opposed to the idea of vicious murder on kids' cartoon series.
  • The Woobie: This varies, but Rolly and Spot usually qualify for this.
    • The episode "Hog Tied" actually turns Dumpling into one pretty effectively.
    • Also Amber in "Beauty Pageant Pandemonium" when her dress is destroyed.
    • And surprisingly Mooch in "Twelve Angry Pups" considering the fact that he was accused for a crime that he didn't actually commit.
  • X Meets Y: 101 Dalmatians meets Doug.
    • Alternatively, a Disney mashup of the "Garfield" and "Orson's Farm" segments of Garfield and Friends

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