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Sat-Sun, Jan 13-14 at 12:30pm


  • Dir. Clyde Geronimi
  • USA
  • 1961
  • 79 min.
  • G
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Closed Captioning
  • Hearing Loop
Sat, Jan 13 at 12:30pm: Introduction from local animator Nathan Morrow | BUY TICKETS

Part of Winter Classics

There are puppies, puppies, and more puppies in Disney’s beloved animated masterpiece. This original Walt Disney classic has charmed generations of fans with its irresistible tail-wagging stars, memorable story, and perfect blend of humor and action-packed adventure. Cruella De Vil, the most fabulously outrageous villainess of all time, sets the fur-raising adventure in motion when she dognaps all of the adorable Dalmatian puppies in snowy London — including 15 from Pongo and Perdita’s family. Through the power of the “Twilight Bark,” Pongo reaches out to brave animal heroes of all spots and stripes, and together they launch a dramatic quest to rescue the puppies from Cruella’s greedy clutches.

“It is the wittiest, most charming, least pretentious cartoon feature Walt Disney has ever made…. Based on a best-seller by Dodie Smith, the picture took three years to produce, cost $4,000,000, soaked up 800 gallons of paint, and during the passage of its 101 Dalmatians through 113,700 frames of film, places exactly 6,469,952 (count 'em) spots before the moviegoer's eyes. But it is the tale that wags the picture.” —TIME (Feb 17, 1961)

“This was the last Disney animated feature that Uncle Walt lived to see through personally…. Cruella De Vil…has a bristling, flamboyant meanness that makes her one of the most memorable of Disney’s sinister parent figures, and the cleanly stylized animation represents a realistic response to the economic constraints the Disney studio was beginning to feel at the time without a sacrifice of Disney quality.” —Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader