101 Dalmatian Street is a Canadian/British animated comedy series spun-off from Disney's 1961 film 101 Dalmatians. The show is the second television series to be based on the animated feature, following 101 Dalmatians: The Series (1997-1998), which was a direct spinoff of the original movie. In contrast, 101 Dalmatian Street is only loosely based on the film, explicitly taking place sixty years after its events. The series is co-produced by Atomic Cartoons (Atomic Betty) and the London-based Passion Pictures (Gorillaz).
Taking place in the London neighbourhood of Camden Town during the present day (read: the 21st century), the series follows the adventures of a large family of dalmatians whose names all begin with the letter "D", and live at the titular address. The parents of these 99 pups are Doug (Rhashan Stone) and Delilah (Ella Kenion), the latter being a descendant of Pongo and Perdita. The eldest of these siblings are Dylan (Josh Brener), a pedantic control freak, and Dolly (Michaela Dietz), a reckless and rebellious tomboy, and this unlikely duo help keep the house in check when their parents are busy at work.
The other main siblings include:
- Dizzy (voiced by Nefeli Karakosta) and Dee Dee (voiced by Florrie Wilkinson), 2 pups with a mischevious streak.
- Dawkins (voiced by Rhys Isaac-Jones), a science geek, and Dylan's unappreciated sidekick.
- Diesel (voiced by Bert Davis), a silly puppy obsessed with digging.
- Dante (voiced by Kyle Soller), a goth pup who is paranoid about Armageddon.
- The Triple D; Destiny, Deja Vu, and Dallas (the former two voiced by Lauren Donzis, and the latter by Abigail Zoe Lewis), a group of over the top triplets.
- Dimitri 1, 2 and 3 (voiced by Rocco Wright), a trio of trouble-making triplets all with the same name.
- Delgado (voiced by Jack Binstead), a puppy in a wheelchair with a charismatic personality.
- D.J. (voiced by Maxwell Apple), a music lover.
- Deepak (voiced by Nikhil Parmar), a puppy with a Yin-Yang fur pattern, who always does his best to keep calm.
- Da Vinci (voiced by Akiya Henry), an artist, much like the Renaissance artist she's named after.
- Dorothy (voiced by Margot Powell), a cute baby.
Along with The 7D, The Lion Guard, Tangled: The Series, and Big Hero 6: The Series, 101 Dalmatian Street is a part of a resurgence in animated spinoffs of Disney animated films in the latter half of The New '10s.
A few sneak peaks of the series have aired early on Disney Channels across Europe (most notably on December 14, 2018 in the UK and Ireland with the episodes "Dog's Best Friend" and the short "Merry Pups", and in Germany the day after with "Boom Night"). The series officially premiered March 18, 2019 in both the UK and Ireland with the second segment of the first episode, and Belgium, France, and Germany with the first segment of the second episode.
Compare with The Loud House, another show focusing on a large family that have alliterative names. A detailed article about the show and an early review can be found here. The German trailer for the series can be found here, the French one can be found here, and the English version of this trailer can be found here. The theme song can be found here.
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This show provide examples of:
- Accents Aren't Hereditary: Dylan is biologically Delilah's son, but doesn't have a British accent like her.
- All in the Manual:
- According to "The Daily Puppy", a newspaper given out to promote 101 Dalmatian Street, Dylan and Dolly are both twelve years old in dog years.
- The full version of a song from the soundtrack of the show called "In the House" names all members of the family, including the non-main ones.
- According to a Japanese television guide site, before meeting each other, Delilah and Doug each had a litter of 15 puppies. They then got together and had another litter of 15 puppies, before then adopting 54 more puppies, be it from strays or rescue shelters.
- Alliterative Name: A lot of the characters, especially all of the Dalmatians, have alliteration for their names, such as Portia the poodle and Sid the squirrel. One exception is Bessie the cow.
- Alternate Continuity: This series is a distant follow-up to only the original film. The creators of this series claimed that they deliberately didn't watch any of the franchise's past sequel and Spin-Off material (the 1996 and 2000 live-action movies, 101 Dalmatians: The Series, or 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure); just the original novel and the first animated film.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Despite being dogs, all 101 of the dalmatians are able to take care of themselves and a house just fine even though their human owner is abroad all the time.
- Animal Talk: As in the novel and the animated film. The episode "Girl's Day Out" suggests that other canines or animals understanding human is like learning a second language.
- Calling Parents by Their Name: Dawkins calls Doug by his name instead of "Dad", like the other pups do.
- Camping Episode: "The Longest Night".
- Cats Are Mean: Played with a bit. Constantin and other cats are portrayed as considering themselves above dogs... but the reverse is also true, with some of the pups plainly disliking cats on principal (though this seems to be an attitude that Canines grow out of, with Delilah & Doug shown helping felines without hesitation). And unlike Clarissa the corgi, Constantin doesn't try to harm the dalmatian family, and even takes in Deepak when the latter gets fed up with his brothers' teasing. Ironically, the movie on which this show was based averted this trope.
- Cuddles may be an example, or he may just be going along with his owner. As of now, it remains to be seen.
- Chaste Toons: Hunter is the great-nephew of Cruella de Vil. Of course, with an appearance and personality like hers, it's no surprise Cruella doesn't have children of her own.
- Comedic Underwear Exposure: This happens to Hugo in "Prank Pups" after Dolly hits him with his skateboard. Not unsurprisingly, he has pictures of Clarissa on his underwear.
- Continuity Nod: After the puppies get Mr. Fuzzy together with the park vendor in "Dog's Best Friend", future episodes show the two spending time with each other.
- Diabolus ex Machina: Subverted in the "Merry Pups" short, Dorothy's Christmas present miraculously survives a ladder falling on it By Wall That Is Holey-style. Then it's struck by lightning out of nowhere. Fortunately, she's happy just play with the ribbon.
- Dogs Love Fire Hydrants: Averted. Whole fire hydrants have shown up, the dogs don't make many comments about them. This love is instead given to lamposts.
- Family Theme Naming: The entire family have names starting with "D". There's even a song that names them all.
- Finger in the Mail: In "Ransom Pups", when Clarissa gets her paws on Dolly's rubber chicken, she sends Dolly a package with one of its legs in the box.
- Free-Range Pets: More like free-range dogs in general; the dalmatians' owner is constantly abroad, leaving them all to care for themselves. Due to Amplified Animal Aptitude, this poses no problem.
- Gadgeteer's House: The dalmatians live in a "home full of wacky inventions to make the dogs' lives easier", most of which have been invented by Dylan and Dawkins.
- Gentle Giant: Roxy.
- G-Rated Drug: Sid the squirrel acts this way about nuts, being obsessed with the hoarding and eating of them, as well as getting twitchy whenever he's thinking about them.
- Gold Tooth: Fergus the fox has one (somehow).
- Goofy Print Underwear: In "Prank Pups", Clarissa Corgi's owner Hugo is revealed to wear briefs with pictures of Clarissa on them.
- Hammerspace: The shorts normally involve a lot of this.
- "Yoga Pups" has Dolly pulling a massive drum set out of somewhere, including a gong, in order to get Deepak to get off her skateboard. In-series, this is justified by being a dream of Deepak's.
- "Ransom Pups" involves Dolly somehow getting hold of a pair of gardening shears and eventually a bulldozer in the middle of urban London.
- Heroic RRoD: A sleep-deprived Dylan falls asleep several times, leading up to passing out after getting rid of Hunter in "Better the De Vil You Know".
- Hijacked by Ganon: As it turns out Cruella De Vil, the Big Bad of the original movie is alive and has been behind Hunter's operations.
- The Kids Are American: Justified with the pups from Doug's litter. Zigzagged with the others.
- Mythology Gag:
- The dalmatians' human is named after Dodie Smith, the original author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians novel.
- At about the 28 second mark in the opening, as Dylan and Dolly run toward the camera, the background shows a silhouette with five circles around it, looking very similar to the close up on Cruella De Vil in the original film's car chase.
- In Delilah and Doug's room, there's a clock with a hat on it. This is the same clock that Pongo adjusts in the beginning of the original movie in order to arrange the meeting between Roger and Anita.
- When Dolly spies a picture of Pongo and Perdita in Hunter's bedroom she comments that they are her great great great great grandparents. Factoring in the average age of a dog with the time this show originally aired, such relatives would have been alive during the 1960s, the same time the original 101 Dalmations movie first played.
- Overly Narrow Superlative: Cruella calls Hunter her favorite grandnephew. As Hunter points out, he's her only grandnephew.
- Police Are Useless: Not Pearl the police horse, but her human rider, who is always seen playing on his phone and thus completely oblivious to his surroundings. This applies to all other members of the mounted police too.
- Reality Ensues: A number of instances have popped up over the course of the show:
- The short "Prank Pups" has Dylan laughing so hard at the result of his prank that he cries. Unfortunately he's wearing his space helmet as he's doing this, and the resulting flood of tears eventually causes him to have to hold his breath to keep from drowning while Dolly tries to get the helmet off.
- The setting. Since the show takes place 60 years after the original movie, Delilah is descended from Pongo, Perdita, and their puppies, hence the new group of dogs.
- Rich Bitch: The puppies regularly have to contend with a group of rich and snobbish dogs who look down on them because of how often their human is abroad. Clarissa is one such snob.
- Running Gag:
- Trigger words. Certain words like "ball", "park", or "sticks" will likely lead to whoever says it getting either glomped or trampled by the other pups.
- Snowball being flung off screen by her human's retracting leash.
- Sequel Series: The series takes place almost sixty years after the original film.
- Serial Escalation: When Clarissa has Dolly's rubber chicken hostage in "Ransom Pups", Dolly tries to do likewise to a topiary of Clarissa. This escalates from Clarissa barbecuing the chicken, to Dolly cutting parts off the topiary, to Clarissa dipping the chicken in honey so it gets attacked by bees, to Dolly doing more cutting, to Clarissa putting the chicken on a rack, to Dolly driving a bulldozer towards the topiary!
- Setting Update: The new adventures takes place in modern-day London. Even the iconic "Twilight Bark" is updated to become the "World Wide Woof" and is more of an internet parody.
- Shown Their Work: Roxy the rottweiler defies the usual stereotype of rottweilers being vicious, mindless brutes by being affectionate, gentle, and intelligent. This is actually what the breed tends to be like in real life.
- All of Deepak's yoga poses, rather than being made up like most cartoons, are all based on real yoga poses.
- Source Music: In some episodes, DJ is shown to provide the soundtrack and/or sound effects to the scene.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The title is singular Dalmatian, not plural Dalmatians.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Dylan is less than half the size of Portia, the poodle he has a crush on. He is likewise compared to Roxy, who had a crush on him in Perfect Match.
- Toxic Friend Influence: All three wilds animals in the recurring cast (Fergus, Sid, and Big Fee) are this at least once.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Most of the time, nobody takes much note of 99 dalmatian puppies running around.
- Wham Line: Dorothy speaks at the end of the first season finale:Dorothy: Bye-bye.Dylan: Dorothy?!Dolly: You talked!
Doug/Delilah, after sniffing an object left behind by Hunter: Cruella De Vil.
- At the end of "London, We Have a Problem!":