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One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

They’ll have a dalmatian plantation.

After a brief foray into fairy tales again, Walt jumps right back to another film about dogs. He’s also back to another reliable tradition: adaptation. The subject matter this time is Dodie Smith’s 1954 children’s novel One Hundred and One Dalmatians. (Although, Ms. Smith is likely more remembered for her 1948 novel I Capture the Castle, Dalmatians was loosely based on the author’s personal experiences.) The crux of the story is simple: Cruella de Vil, a London heiress, kidnaps, er dognaps, a litter of dalmatian puppies so she can skin them and use their fur to make a coat. When the puppies’ parents, Pongo and Perdita, finally track down their babies, it’s revealed that Cruella has been stealing puppies all across the city and there are now 99 missing pups in total.

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