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  • Adaptation Sequence: Children's novel —> Animated film —> Second children's novel —> Live-action film —> Traditionally animated television series —> Second live-action film —> Non-canon video game —> Direct-to-Video sequel of animated film —> Flash animated television series. Whew!
  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains:
    • #39 Villain, Cruella De Vil
  • Completely Different Title: In Latin America, the film was renamed La Noche De Las Narices Frías (The Night Of The Cold Noses).
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Walt Disney, who always preferred classical romantic art, was very critical of the graphic look which the xeroxing produced and admitted that he only did it to cut costs after Sleeping Beauty bombed.
    • While the original author of the novel was mostly satisfied with how the film turned out, she was pretty pissed that the credit she received in the opening was quite small. Walt himself apologized for this, stating that it was a mere technical error.
  • Creator Killer: This film would be the last for Disney animator Marc Davis (then one of the Nine Old Animators and animator for Cruella De Vil), as he would be moved over to Disney's Imageneering department after his failed pitch for an adaptation of Chanticler, where he'd find grerater success in helping to develop some of Disneyland's most beloved rides such as The Haunted Mansion.
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  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Lucky and Rolly are both male puppies and voiced by female actors.
  • Cut Song: Some alternate songs about Cruella (one of which, "The Creation of Cruella de Vil," is full of terror), a Drunken Song for Horace and Jasper, and some marching songs for the dogs' return to London.
  • Doing It for the Art: Chuck Jones once commented that only Disney would make an animated film about one hundred and one dalmatians: "If I had tried to make One Dog Named Spot for Leon Schlesinger, he would not let me do it. Spots cost money."
  • Fake Brit: Cruella, Nanny, the Captain and some of the Dalmatian puppies' voice actors were all American, and Pongo's was Australian.
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  • Non-Singing Voice: Bill Lee is the singing voice for Roger.
  • Pet Fad Starter: The film made the breed more popular, and as a result, demand jumped up. Like many "fad" animals, several were abandoned a few months later, aided by the fact that Dalmatians are very high-maintenance dogs that many owners aren't prepared to deal with.
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  • Talking to Himself: There is a scene where The Colonel and Jasper come face to face. They are both voiced by the same actor J. Pat O'Malley.
  • Unintentional Period Piece:
    • Subverted. The film was supposed to take place in Present Day at the time of release, but over the decades it's instead become "Just another old-timey Disney film".
    • In the live action film, Anita refers to video games as "a growing business" and Cruella insists that It Will Never Catch On. It only took a few years for the former statement to be obsolete and the latter to be dead in the water.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Cruella De Vil almost became the villain in The Rescuers. It shows, as the villain of the movie is very similar, both in personality and looks.The reason for this... 
    • In the early 90's, former Disney press worker Chris Duffy proposed a series of spinoff books for the Disney movie called "Tales of the Midnight Howl", which was going to be stories told by the various dogs in the movie about other times the dogs of England used the Midnight Howl to help out animals in distress. They were seriously gearing up to do them, but the spinoff was ultimately canned when Disney found out their license with Dodie Smith's estate didn't give them the right to do stories that weren't a direct extension of the movie. (ie, no prequels, sequels).note 


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