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Disney's 101 Dalmatians: The Series
Format Animated series
Created by Jim Jinkins
David Campbell
Walt Disney Television
Starring Pamela Adlon
Kath Soucie
Tara Strong
April Winchell
Jim Cummings
Jeff Bennett
Frank Welker
Charlotte Rae
Pam Dawber
Kevin Schon
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 65
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication/ABC
Original run September 1, 1997 – March 4, 1998

101 Dalmatians: The Series is a 1997 animated television series produced by The Walt Disney Company, and based on the classic 1961 Disney animated feature One Hundred and One Dalmatians and its 1996 live-action remake.

Contents

Premise

The show focuses primarily on three particular puppies: Lucky, TV expert and leader and canine Tom Sawyer; loyal, scholarly, and always-hungry brother Rolly; and their outspoken New Age guru sister, the runt Cadpig. They're joined by colorful friends like Spot, the chicken who wants to be a dog and a member of the "Bark Brigade." Early promotional material listed "dictatorial Penny and mischievous Patch" as two other puppy cast members, but the highlighted puppies were whittled down to three.

Other puppies appearing in the show have included the brave three-legged Tripod, Dipstick, the constantly-urinating Wizzer, and their sister Two-Tone. The show seems to be a blending of both the original animated film and the live action feature, so the potential exists for other puppies from the films to appear, especially Freckles, and Pepper (animated), and Jewel and Fidget (live action).

Production

Originally intended to be titled Dalmatians 101, it was changed to 101 Dalmatians: The Series just before its premiere.

101 Dalmatians: The Series debuted in syndication on September 1, 1997, running new episodes five days a week, as a part of the Disney Afternoon block which was no longer used after the previous season. Less than two weeks later, the show came to ABC's One Saturday Morning lineup, airing original episodes that could only be seen on the network. 65 episodes were produced - 12 on ABC, and 53 in syndication. In August 1998, the show played its last episode in syndication.

Reruns continued to play on ABC until 1999, when the show was moved to The Disney Channel, and then later to Toon Disney. On January 30, 2006, Toon Disney aired the show for the final time regularly, while one episode was shown in May of 2007 for the final time. As of that day, 101 Dalmatians: The Series is off the air in most countries with a Disney Channel franchise. It is currently being syndicated on the United Kingdom channel Disney Cinemagic and was also aired on the Latin American version of Disney Channel during 2008.

Characters

The main characters in the series are Lucky, Cadpig, Rolly and Spot. Lucky is the most adventurous of the 99 puppies. He is unique in having his only spots in the shape of a horseshoe on his back. Cadpig is the runt of the litter. She is the smallest of the 99 puppies but quite possibly the most intelligent. She is unique in having long floppy ears and a big head. Rolly is the greedy one. Almost all his decisions are based on food and this, at times, gets him and the pups into trouble. He is, however, a loyal and helpful sibling. Spot is a chicken who wants to become a Dalmatian. She is the voice of commonsense for the foursome but, more often than not, is ignored. She is easily frightened and is prone to literally bounce off the walls. She is, however, a good dancer (which has to count for something according to her) and appears to be good at math.

The main villains, as described above, are Cruella de Vil and her henchmen, Horace and Jasper. As said above, she is now a corporate criminal and most of her plans revolve around getting richer, tormenting the Dalmatians and stealing the Dearly Farm. Horace and Jasper are usually hired to perform her plans, usually failing. Other characters are Roger Dearly, Anita Dearly, Nanny, Pongo and Perdita, Scorch, Vindella de Vil and the entire de Vil family.

Episodes

Note: Due to continuity, the ABC episodes (1-13) are listed first.

Season 1: 1997

# Title Air Date Summary
1 Home is Where the Bark Is September 13, 1997 When Roger and Anita's house proves to be too much trouble for the 101 dogs they own, they move to a new farm. Lucky, Cadpig, and Rolly, however, prefer the city life and are determined to get back to it.
2A He Followed Me Home September 27, 1997 A circus elephant ends up in the Dearly farm, making Cruella want to kick the Dearlys out after she thinks they violated their promise of only allowing 101 pets on the farm.
2B Love 'Em and Flea 'Em September 27, 1997 Two-Tone rummages from Nanny's yard sale to find an outfit to impress her boyfriend.
3A Howl Noon October 4, 1997 Lt. Pug's old bully rival, Persian Pete, comes back to haunt him at exactly noon.
3B Easy on the Lies October 4, 1997 The Colonel stretches the truth too far when exaggerating about his glorious life as a lifesaver.
4A Two for the Show October 11, 1997 Lucky and Rolly compete on the game show Squeal of Fortune to win a Thunderbolt bone.
4B An Officer and a Gentledog October 11, 1997 Lucky makes his way into the Bark Brigade despite Lt. Pug's attempts to keep him out.
5A Bad to the Bone October 18, 1997 Mooch bullies Rolly about the fact he is a "creampuff." To prove himself worthy, he must sneak into a snake's house.
5B Southern Fried Cruella October 18, 1997 Horace and Jasper arrived on the Dearly Farm to give Nanny her message on a bicycle. However, in a scene less than five seconds later, Horace and Jasper are seen standing on the ground, with no sign of the bicycle in site, despite the fact that the screen is zoomed out a fair bit. Cruella, meanwhile, makes her latest plans using the means of pollution.
6A Swine Song October 25, 1997 Dumpling sings a song.
6B Watch for Falling Idols October 25, 1997 A Thunderbolt executive orders the Dearly farm be used for the next episode of Thunderbolt. Lucky is overjoyed at the news.
7A The High Price of Fame November 1, 1997 Spot embarrasses herself while the pups videotape her every mode and submit it to Stupidest, Most Embarrassing Videos (a parody of America's Funniest Home Videos.)
7B The Great Cat Invasion November 1, 1997 Lt. Pug brainwashes the farm animals into defending themselves from a non-existence cat invasion.
8 No Train, No Gain November 8, 1997 After seeing a boy billionaire ask for a specific train model, Cruella tries to get rich quick by giving a mock version of the model.
9A Rolly's Egg-Celent Adventure November 15, 1997 Rolly baby-sits one of Spot's mom's eggs that Scorch tries to steal.
9B Wild Chick Chase November 15, 1997 Spot has to baby-sit an egg when she really would rather go for a swim.
10A The Dogs of DeVil November 22, 1997 After watching a soap opera, Cadpig jumps to the conclusion that Cruella telling Anita to work on a Saturday and her obedience to that order means Roger and Anita are divorcing.
10B Dog's Best Friend November 22, 1997 Lucky gets a new dog that makes the others jealous.
11 A Christmas Cruella December 20, 1997 A parody of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" with Cruella in the role of Scrooge, Jasper and Horace as Marley, Cadpig as the ghost of Christmas Past, Rolly as the ghost of Christmas Present, and Spot as the ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.
12A Out to Launch January 10, 1998 Cruella wants to start a space-located weight loss spa while the puppies find her trash suspicious.
12B Prophet and Loss January 10, 1998 After Rolly wins a race, everyone accuses Cadpig of being a psychic.

Season 2: 1997-1998

# Title Summary
13A You Slipped a Disk Lucky has to guard a computer game disk from Cruella.
13B Chow About That? Rolly suffers some food obsession problems.
14A Tic Track Toe The puppies and Spot cure racing greyhound Go-Go of his fear of bunnies after his only lost race forces people to hate him. Cruella, meanwhile, attempts to get her money back.
14B Lucky All-Star Lucky and Cadpig mess around in Roger's music room while he tries to come up with a new song.
15A Shake, Rattle, and Woof Cruella's latest scheme to buy the farm involves making Lucky, Cadpig, Rolly, and Spot huge sensations.
15B Cadpig Behind Bars Cadpig taunts Lt. Pug about not having a femenine side and ends up in the dog pound.
16A Leisure Lawsuit Cruella fakes an injury in order to be a moocher and mooch the Dearlys off their farm.
16B Purred It Through the Grapevine
17A Our Own Digs
17B Goose Pimples
18 Two Faces of Anita
19 The Fungus Among Us
20A Market Mayham
20B Lucky to be Alone
21 Four Stories Up While dealing with the Cruellathon interrupting the Thunderbolt, the pups and Spot try to guess how it ends, only to be disappointed.
22A It's a Swamp Thing
22B Roll Out the Pork Barrel
23A Alive N' Chicken
23B Prima Doggy 1
24 You Say It's Your Birthday
25A Oozy Does It Lucy gets mad at the pups and Spot for hogging her pond.
25B Barnboozled Cruella sues the Dearlys for owning land she claims has legally belonged to her family since 1732.
26 Citizen Canine Mayor Pig runs for re-election with Lucky as his opponent.
27A Full Metal Pullet Lt. Pug tries to brainwash the puppies into cohesive mode by forming Lucky and Tripod as team leaders of the Bark Brigade.
27B Dough the Right Thing When thinking they've done the right thing by returning Cruella's purse, the pups and Spot realize they've given Cruella Anita's purse.
28A Frisky Business The pups are determined to try out the new Kanine Krunchies respite despite Spot's intentions and Cruella's attempts to frame Roger.
28B Cadet of the Month The puppies compete for the coveted Cadet of the Month award.
29 Valentine Daze Cruella tries to change her impressions on people for Valentine's Day while
30A Close But No Cigar At the county fair, Cruella attempts to rig a sweepstakes and get herself to win with ticket #202. The pups, meanwhile, get left behind and must get to the fair and stop Cruella.
30B Invasion of the Doggy Snatchers Spot stumbles across an invasion involving aliens.
31A Smoke Detectors The Dearlys attmempt to help Cruella quit smoking.
31B Lobster Tale Cadpig hates her makeover from the groomer's and the fact Nanny has to order takeout.
32A Double Dog Dare The pups dare Spot to sneak into Cruella's house and get past Scorch and take off her mask without waking her up.
32B Mooove It On Over Some of the farm animals complain to each other about personal space, so Cadpig attempts to fix the problem with a psychological viewpoint.
33 Shipwrecked Mad that Roger and Anita didn't invite them to their cruise, Lucky, Rolly, Cadpig, and Spot try to get aboard the ship anyway.
34 Mall Pups Lucky, Cadpig, Rolly, and Spot hang out at the mall while driving Lt. Pug and the Colonel nuts.
35A Shrewzle Watch Cruella and an insect specialist look for a tree shrewzle as part of Cruella's latest scheme to get the farm and get the Dearlys kicked out.
35B The Life You Save After Lucky guards the farm from a giant dinosaur, Dumpling dreams about him saving her life. Later, an accident leads her to believe Lucky saved her life. She proceeds to see to it he always gets what he wants.
36A Spots and Shots The vet shows up to vaccinate the pups.
36B On the Lamb Rolly, Cadpig, and Spot try to give Lucky some excitement when he claims Thunderbolt is his only excitement. A sheepdog then asks for the Bark Brigade for help retrieve a lamb, to which Lucky complains and Lt. Pug gets angry. The "lost sheep" turns out to be the Goliath-sized Lambo, who claims he'll never go back to the flock.
37A Treasure of Swamp Island
37B Lord of the Termites
38A Fountain of Youth
38B Walk a Mile in my Tracks Lt. Pug and Cornellia attempt to walk in each other's shoes.
39 Cruella World Cruella creates a funfair based on the 1300s.
40A Hail to the Chief
40B Food for Thought
41 The Maltese Chicken A parody of The Maltese Falcon with Spot in the title role as detective Pullet Marlowe. Her mom, Corneilla, lays a giant egg which Dumpling sees as a threat to her winning streak at the "best big farm thing contest." Meanwhile, Lucy, showing her hatred of decibels, gets framed for stealing the egg.
42A Film Fatale
42B My Fair Chicken
43A Snow Bounders
43B Gnaw or Never
44A Poison Ivy Ivy, Cruella's niece, helps her aunt in a scheme to buy the farm from the Dearlys by committing crimes and framing the 101 puppies for it.
44B Twelve Angry Pups Cadpig knows what the newspaper article said, despite the fact that the article was on the other side of the newspaper that she holds up. Lt. Pug still believes that cats are attacking. Meanwhile, Scorch steals all the puppies' possessions as Spot resumes her detective habits, though the evidence quickly points to Mooch.
45 The Good-bye Chick Spot get sick of her mother's temper and grounding her from hanging out with the pups, so she runs away and eventually joins a circus that is run by Cruella De Vil.
46A Robo-Rolly When Cruella fires Anita, an unknown hires her to work for him and come up with new ideas Cruella is determined to make a fortune from.
46B Splishing and Splashing After the Main Pups leave Cruella's yard, for one frame, Lucky's eye is colored the same as the sky.
47 Virtual Lucky Roger creates a new video game Cruella and Lucky get sucked into.
48 Cupid Pups
49A The Artist Formerly Known as Spot Cruella becomes obsessed with art.
49B The Nose Knows Rolly's nose smells everything, and it becomes a problem, enough to where Lt. Pug wants the Mayor to kick him out of the Bark Brigade.
50 K Is For Kibble When Rolly gets accused of stealing all the kibble, Spot reprises her role as Pullet Marlowe to track down the real thief. She must determine if Dumpling, Scorch, or Swamp Rat is the real thief. Meanwhile, Roger cries over his favorite train set being lost.
51 Humanitarian of the Year
52A Beauty Pageant Pandemonium
52B Hog-Tied
53 Coup DeVil Cruella hosts a family reunion, with her bossy mother angry at her the entire time.
54A Every Little Crooked Nanny
54B Cone Head
55A Channels
55B Un-Lucky
56 The Making Of...
57A Best of Show
57B Walk on the Wild Side
58 Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move
59 DeVil-Age Elder
60A Jurassic Bark a paordy of jurassic park a prehistoric dog his released from it's ice prison cadpig rolly and luck are attachted to the prehistoric pooch unfortunetly so is curella de vil
60B My Fair Moochie
61A Dog Food Day Afternoon
61B Spot's Fairy God-Chicken
62A Good Neighbor Cruella
62B Animal House Party
63 Dalmatian Vacation, Part I - Road Warriors
64 Dalmatian Vacation, Part II - Cross-Country Calamity
65 Dalmatian Vacation, Part III - Dearly Beloved
Notes:
  1. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, this episode was banned due to its content matter.[1]

Merchandise

Not much merchandise has been made of this series unlike other Disney series, the only ones being:

  • "A Christmas Cruella" VHS
  • "Dalmatian Vacation" VHS
  • "Surf Puppies" CD
  • "The Big Dig" ( book )
  • "Creulla Returns" ( book )
  • Rare Episode cels
  • Car toys for McDonald's Happy Meals

Continuity issues

This series does not take place in the same continuity as the movies; an example of which being the fact that this show is set in the United States (as evidenced in many episodes) while the movie is obviously set in London, England and its surroundings. The original animated movie is set in the 1960s (evidenced by a newspaper that Cruella is seen reading, the year is 1961), while the live-action films and this series are set in a modern day world (1996 at the time). It is also notable that the movie is quite realistic, while the series is very cartoony. This series comes closer to the essence of Dodie Smith's book than the movies and is based on everything 101 Dalmatians related (Cadpig is one character that is not characterized in the movies). Therefore, all three mediums can be considered canon, even though they're not in the same continuity.

There was one episode, however, in which the main puppies fall into fireplace ashes and "find it familiar", a reference to their disguise as labrador retrievers. Then again, it can be seen as a joke.

References

  1. ^ 101 Dalmatians: The Series: Alive N' Chicken/Prima Doggy

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