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  • Scene and Reviewed: 101 Dalmatians Diamond Edition

    February 13, 2015 by  
    Filed under Animation, Everything Else

    101 Dalmatians Diamond EditionJust released on Tuesday, Disney’s classic animated film 101 Dalmatians is now available in on Blu-ray™, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand. This new Diamond Edition includes several new bonus features.

    I was supplied with a review copy and was very impressed. I wasn’t sure how the animation would hold up in the Blu-ray format. I don’t know if they did a lot of clean-up or not, but it was gorgeous!

    Based on the 1956 book by Dodie Smith, the story of 101 Dalmatians still holds up. One of Disney’s most fiendish villains, Cruella De Vil, loves fur coats and wants to make one made up of the skins of Dalmatian puppies. We find our way into the story first through songwriter Roger and his adult Dalmatian Pongo. Pongo sets about to find a mate for Roger and succeeds in bringing Roger together with Anita, an owner of a female Dalmatian Perdita. It’s love all around, and Perdita soon gives birth to a little of pups. When Roger and Anita rebuff Cruella’s offers to buy the puppies, she decides to not take no for an answer the excitement kicks in. At times, the movie might actually be a bit intense for the truly young as the puppies do encounter their share of peril.

    Did you know that 101 Dalmatians was the highest grossing movie of 1961? Or that it was the first Disney animated film to use a contemporary setting? There is a lot of fascinating info in the bonus features. Traditionally, the animation process started with sketches by artists that were then inked over by other artists onto sheets of acetate. The making of 101 Dalmatians came at a critical time for the animation department after Sleeping Beauty failed to be a big money-maker. Looking for ways to cut costs, 101 Dalmatians became the first full-length animated movie to make extensive use of a Xerox machine to take the original sketches straight to the acetate sheets. Although that resulted in a lot of inkers losing their jobs, the primary artists were thrilled that their original drawings were being realized on the screen for the first time.

    Here are some clips from the special features:

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    I definitely think that this package of 101 Dalmatians would make for a worthy addition to your collection.

    Cast:                                      Rod Taylor (Inglorious Bastards, The Birds) as Pongo, J. Pat O’Malley (The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland) as Jasper and Betty Lou Gerson (The Fly, Cats Don’t Dance) as Cruella de Vil

    Producer:                   Walt Disney

    Directors:                            Wolfgang Reitherman, Hamilton S. Luske and Clyde Geronimi

    Writers:                               Story by Bill Peet. Based on the book “101 Dalmatians” by Dodie Smith

    Release Date:                    February 10, 2015 (Direct Prebook: 12/16; Distributor Prebook: 12/30)

    Product SKUs:                        Digital HD & SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere & On-Demand

     

    New Bonus Features:            All New Short – The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt

    Walt Disney Presents “The Best Doggoned Dog in the World” (1961 Version)

    Lucky Dogs

    DisneyView

    Dalmatians 101: Hosted by Cameron Boyce (Disney Channel’s “The Descendants”)

    Plus a Selection of Classic Bonus Features

    Ratings:                                G in US & Canada (bonus materials are not rated)

    Feature Run Time:          Approximately 79 Minutes

    Aspect Ratio:                     1:33:1

    Audio:                                  Blu-ray: 7.1 DTS-HDMA / 1.0 Dolby Digital (English); 5.1 DTS-HDHR (French) & 5.1 Dolby Digital (Spanish)

    Languages:                         English, French and Spanish

    Subtitles:                            English (ESL/SDH), French and Spanish

     

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    SF – 101 Dalmatians Panel

    Floyd Norman, Andreas Dejas, and Don Iwerks speak on Saturday February 12 at 3:00pm

    Designing a Contemporary Classic: The Art and Process of 101 Dalmatians

    This panel of Disney animators and innovators will discuss the unique style of 101 Dalmatians, how it differed from other Disney films, and why it was such a successful and revolutionary film. Hear about the groundbreaking new technological advancement of the Xerox? process, what this new technology meant to the animation industry, and how the Disney team produced all those spots!

    Walt Disney Family Museum
    104 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94129