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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: Seriously I cannot be the only one that thought Cruella had...er, 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 and Roger rejects her, 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: "I'll get even! Just wait! You'll be sorry, you fools! You... YOU IDIOTS!!!" (SLAM!)
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Cruella ("-De Vil"), Cruella ("-De Vil, if she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will..."). And more.
    • Likewise, the part where the dogs are hiding in the coal shed and suddenly Cruella is right there at the window, driving past really slowly and glaring in at them. It gets even worse when, shortly thereafter, this is repeated with Cruella going the other way.
    • A very important example that combines with Fridge Horror. She's ordered her henchmen to kill puppies and in the most painful ways possible to have them skinned into a fur coat which is scary enough; now, consider the following: it's implied they were her regular employees, so they do work for her all the time, but acquiring fur illegally — by stealing and killing puppies — IS the only work she ever gives them, and we are shown that she already had about fifty fur coats made up by the time the police caught her. Oh, God, those poor hundreds of puppies...
      • Of course, all but Pongo and Perdita's litter were actually bought and paid for. Doesn't excuse the killing of those poor puppies, but it does seem to lighten the blow just a wee bit.
    • Just look Pongo and Perdita's faces when they are facing off Jasper and Horace. They don't look so sweet anymore...
    • The eyes
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker: In the sequel, when Thunderbolt reveals his lie, Patch is devastated. "But you said you'd help us…." Just how his voice breaks on that line; he'd trusted Thunderbolt, he'd thought he would know what to do.
    • Watching Lil' Lightning as Thunderbolt unknowingly mocks him, in fact, considering the way he'd been treated it's no wonder he did a Face-Heel Turn and became a False Friend. The poor guy'd never been treated like a real friend to begin with.
  • 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.
  • Fan Dumb: After the release of the live-action version, people rushed to get Dalmatians as pets. Dalmatians are highly energetic and need plenty of room and time for exercise, and are prone to hearing problems. Many of the Dalmatians adopted during this craze ended up surrendered to shelters or dumped.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Mr. Skinner in the first live-action movie (the name alone says it all...)
    • Glen Close's Cruella as well. When not being a Large Ham, there are moments where she's legitimately terrifying.
    • Say what you will about 102, but Cruella's transforming back to her old self is full of Nightmare Fuel. It shows that Glen Close still got it.
  • Villain Decay: Cruella was noticably less menacing in the second live action movie than she was in the first.
  • 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?"
  • 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.)
  • Complete Monster: Dimsdale De Vil in "De Vil-Age Elder" who was so terrible that a curse was placed on him by Hester Hen to remain in his hometown of Devilville for all of eternity with the people he tormented in his life to be permanently happy, and to break the curse he nearly traps the Dearlys the main pups, Spot, and his own descendant Cruella inside the town to take his place so he can be free. Luckily Spot manages to foil his plan at the last moment.
  • 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".
  • Fridge Logic: Originally, the main pups (and chicken) of the show were going to include Lucky, Cadpig, Rolly, Patch, Penny and Spot. However, Disney thought that having six main characters would be too much, so Patch was Demoted to Extra and Penny was dropped all together. Which raises the question: why is six too much? As around the same time, another Disney show premiered which had six main characters.
  • Fridge Horror: One has to wonder if Dipstick's low intelligence might be the result of that flea infestation cutting off a lot of blood to his brain. Then again, a dog having that many fleas is disturbing in itself.
  • 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"
  • Moment Of Awesome: The TV series had its fair share, but one in particular from the episode "Full Metal Pullet" has Spot being the only member of Lucky's group standing up to Lt. Pug after she was Picked Last out of everyone.
    • Also surprisingly, Cruella gets one for standing up to her terrible mother Malevola De Vil in the episode "Coup De Vil".
    • Cadpig has a notable moment in "My Fair Moochie" when she beats the ever-living crap out of El Diablo, an unmovable Chihuahua who had casually flicked everyone else out of the ring.
    • Aside from all of her Pullet Marlow moments, Spot has an epic on in "Full Metal Pullet" when she stands up to Lt. Pug after he constantly berates and insults her and gives him an amazing "The Reason You Suck" Speech in the process.
  • 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.
  • Needs More Love
  • Nightmare Fuel: Given how Cadpig has one of the most expressive faces out of the TV series cast, she was bound to have a Nightmare Face at some point. One particularly notable expression shows her with bloodshot eyes and a Slasher Smile composed of shark-like teeth. She also gives a nasty one in "My Fair Moochie" when she whirls onto Mooch with eyes glaring and teeth bared. Guess we can say she gets it from her parents.
    • Cruella's Start of Darkness in the Christmas episode features many scenes of this.
    • Ivy's regular face is cute and adorable, but when she gets angry or sinister, then her face truly lives up to this trope.
    Ivy: "I'm cute as a button, and ready for war!"
  • 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.
  • Tear Jerker: Lucky and Rebecca's parting at the end of "De Vil-Age Elder".
    • Watching Rolly get bullied by his friends in the beginning of "Roll Out The Pork Barrel" and Spot get bullied by Lt. Pug in "Full Metal Pullet" easily qualify for this, especially if you've been bullied in real life. The latter gets a pretty big What the Hell, Hero? speech from Cadpig to Lucky.
  • 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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