101 Dalmatians

1996, Movie, G, 103 mins

Review

101 DALMATIANS
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This huge, live-action remake of the classic Disney animated film rests entirely on the wriggling shoulders of a passel of Dalmatian puppies. Since each is more adorable than the one before - and together they're an irresistible mass of squirming speckles - the whole elaborate edifice holds up pretty well. Roger and Anita (Jeff Daniels and Joely Richardson) -- the story's token human couple -- are blandly amiable, and while it may not be an actor's highest calling to perfectly reproduce the body language of a cartoon character, Glenn Close appears to be having a splendid time camping it up as the fur-loving Cruella DeVil, whom she's refracted through the prism of Sunset Boulevard's Norma Desmond. But it's adorable animals who rule the show: A raccoon stuffs a walnut into the tailpipe of the bad guys' car, serene sheep hide the runaway pups under their wooly bellies, a clever mouse points the way to escape with its tail... there's no end to the cuteness. leave a comment

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