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Yes, it's the live-action Disney version of their own 1961 animated feature (based on the book by Dodie Smith) about dog-napping villainess Cruella De Vil (Close) and lots of spotted pups. They're absolutely adorable, of course, Cruella's costumes (and hair) are certainly eye-catching, and the bumbling crooks get their proper comeuppance. Daniels and Richardson have the thankless role of the dogs' human owners, Roger and Anita, and get upstaged at every opportunity. Kids familiar with the cartoon pups may be surprised that the live pups don't talk--and keep in mind that Close, while terrific, may be too scary for the little ones. The Hound is always happy to see another dog movie but still feels some classics should be left alone.

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Available on Running time 103 minutes.

Cast and Crew

King of Beasts (Dogs), London, Disney Family Movies, Disorganized Crime, Kidnapped!, Top Grossing Films of 1996, Pregnant Pauses
John Hughes
Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright, Hugh Laurie, Mark Williams
Adrian Biddle
Stephen Herek
Michael Kamen
John Hughes, Ricardo Mestres, Edward S. Feldman, Walt Disney Pictures, Buena Vista

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101 Dalmatians
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This movie made in 1996 is a similar version of the cartoon. Roger (Jeff Daniels) and Anita (Joely Richardson) meet in the park while walking their dogs one day. They both have dalmations and the dogs instantly like each other and so does Anita and Roger. Anita and Roger end up getting married and Pongo and Perdita (the dalmations) couldn't be happier! Perdita ends up having 101 dalmations and when fashion designer Cruella De Vil (Glen Close) finds out, she wants to buy the puppies, but Roger and Anita won't sell them, so Cruella decides to steal the puppies which she does. Many dogs find out about the puppies getting stolen so they are on a mission to get the pups safely back home. This is an excellent kids movie with a happy ending. Good family viewing!!