101 Dalmatians: The Series

101 Dalmatians: The Series is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation in association with Jumbo Pictures based on the 1961 Disney animated feature of the same name and its 1996 live-action remake.[1] The show spanned two seasons, with the first episode airing on September 1, 1997, and the last episode airing on March 4, 1998.

101 Dalmatians: The Series
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Also known as101 Dalmatians
GenreComedy
Adventure
Based onThe Hundred and One Dalmatians
by Dodie Smith
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
by Bill Peet
Developed by
Written byJim Jinkins
Directed by
Creative director(s)Jumbo Pictures
Voices of
Theme music composer
Opening theme"101 Dalmatians"
Ending theme"101 Dalmatians" (Instrumental)
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes65 (105 segments)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Martha Ripp
  • Victor Cook
  • Ken Boyer
  • Rick Schneider-Calabash
Production location(s)New York City
CinematographyWalt Disney Television
Editor(s)Jim Jinkins
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Release
Original network
Picture format480i
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseSeptember 1, 1997 (1997-09-01) –
March 4, 1998 (1998-03-04)
Chronology
Related shows101 Dalmatian Street

PremiseEdit

The show focuses primarily on three particular puppies; Lucky, TV addict leader and unconventional hero, Rolly, his fat cheerful laid-back and always-hungry brother, and Cadpig, their intellectual and fast-talking sister, who is the runt of the family. The three siblings are often joined by Spot, a chicken who wants to be a dog and a member of the Bark Brigade.[2] Early promotional material had listed dictatorial Penny and mischievous Patch as two other puppy cast members, but the highlighted puppies were whittled down to three. The series is set on the Dalmatian Plantation, the farm where the dalmatians relocated after the end of the film; one episode features the dalmatians running away to return to the now-abandoned London flat where they were born, shortly after the events of the film.

Other puppies appearing in the show have included the fearless, three-legged Tripod, the friendly dim-witted Dipstick, the constantly urinating Wizzer, the fashion-conscious diva Two-Tone, and the Sheepdog mix, Mooch, who serves as the farm's bully. Penny and Patch also make occasional appearances, though with different personalities than originally promoted. The show seems to be a blending of both the animated film and the live-action film, so the potential exists for other puppies from the films to appear, especially Freckles, Pepper, Jewel, and Fidget.

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Lucky (voiced by Pamela Adlon and Debi Mae West): The most plucky of the puppies and is unique in having his only spots in the shape of a horseshoe on his back. He is the leader of the main pups and is very adventurous and determined to do whatever he thinks is right. However, he is very obsessed with TV (especially Thunderbolt), and he's usually the one at fault when the main pups get into trouble.
  • Cadpig (voiced by Kath Soucie): Cadpig is the runt of the litter and the smallest of the puppies but quite possibly the most intelligent, if not deluded. She is the peace-keeping member of the main pups, but also has a very quick temper. She is unique in having long floppy ears, a big head, a kind-hearted personality, and she's also quite strong for her size and can have a very strong temper as well. Roger had saved her young life when she was born.
  • Rolly (voiced by Kath Soucie): Rolly is the very hungry one. Almost all his decisions are based on food and this, at times, gets him and the pups into trouble. However, he is a cheerful and diligent sibling, especially when it comes to his incredible sense of smell. He's also very timid and is an easy target for bullies due to him being such a foody.
  • Spot (voiced by Tara Strong): Spot is a chicken who wants to become a Dalmatian. She is the most intelligent of the main four and is a voice of reason for the foursome but is more often than not ignored. She is easily scared and is prone to literally bouncing off the walls. She is, however, a great dancer which has to count for something, according to her and appears to be good at math. She is also able to fly (to some extent).
  • Roger and Anita Dearly (voiced by Jeff Bennett and Kath Soucie, respectively): Owners of the 101 Dalmatians and Dearly Farm.
  • Cruella De Vil (voiced by April Winchell): Now a corporate criminal and most of her plans revolve around getting richer, tormenting the Dalmatians, and plotting to steal the Dearly Farm. Her main catchphrase in the series is "Memo to myself, whatever her current scheme is or sometimes her emotional state", uttered into her personal recording device. This often occurs more than once an episode. She also captured Lucky, Rolly and Cadpig in the first episode so she can get the Dearly's farm.
  • Horace and Jasper (voiced by David L. Lander and Michael McKean):[3] Cruella's henchmen. They are usually hired to perform her plans, usually failing due to their lack of intelligence.

SupportingEdit

  • Nanny (voiced by Charlotte Rae): The Dearlys' caretaker who always helps Roger and Anita around the Dearly Farm, also helps with feeding the Dalmatians from the huge Chow Tower that she operates with a bike.
  • Pongo (voiced by Kevin Schon): The father of the fifteen puppies, adopted father of the eighty-four orphaned pups, and the husband of Perdita. He is Roger's devoted pet.
  • Perdita (voiced by Pam Dawber): The mother of the Dalmatians, and the wife of Pongo. She is mother to the fifteen puppies, and adoptive mother to eighty-four orphaned pups. She is Anita's beloved pet.
  • Mooch: (voiced by Danny Cooksey):[3] An adolescent Sheepdog mix who is the bully of the farm. He can be intimidating at times, but deep down he is very sensitive and nice.
  • Two-Tone (voiced by Tara Strong): One of the Dalmatian puppies and Mooch's former girlfriend and second-in-command. She is depicted as half black with white spots, and half white with black spots.
  • Dipstick (voiced by Thom Adcox-Hernandez): A male Dalmatian puppy who is the most dim-witted of Mooch's gang.
  • Whizzer (voiced by Pamela Adlon in "Purred It Through the Grapevine" and Christine Cavanaugh for the rest of the series): A male Dalmatian puppy with bladder control issues who is part of Mooch's gang.
  • Tripod (voiced by Toran Caudell): A male Dalmatian puppy who serves as Lucky's friendly rival. He has spotted ears, a green headband and is missing his front left leg.
  • Scorch (voiced by Frank Welker): Cruella's pet ferret who has an appetite for Spot.
  • The Colonel (voiced by Jim Cummings): An Old English Sheepdog and commanding officer of the Bark Brigade.
  • Sergeant Tibbs (voiced by Jeff Bennett): A Tabby cat and trusted ally to the Colonel.
  • Captain (voiced by Frank Welker): A horse on the Dearly Farm who is usually seen helping Nanny.
  • Lieutenant Pug (voiced by Jeff Bennett): One of the training officers of the Bark Brigade. He is paranoid about a potential feline invasion.
  • Thunderbolt (voiced by Frank Welker): A German Shepherd and Lucky's favorite superhero.
  • Cornelia (voiced by Tress MacNeille): Spot's overprotective mother who wants her to behave like a chicken.
  • Lucy (voiced by Paddi Edwards): A female goose who gets grumpy when the Dalmatians play in her pond at Hiccup Hole.
  • Swamp Rat (voiced by Jeff Bennett): A rat salesman who lives in the swamp.
  • Steven the alligator (voiced by Frank Welker): Swamp Rat's associate who is also fixated on eating Spot.
  • Cydne (voiced by Frank Welker): A snake who lives in the swamp and Swamp Rat's other associate.
  • Mayor Ed Pig (voiced by Jim Cummings): A pig who is also the mayor of the animals on the Dearly Farm.
  • Dumpling: (voiced by Christine Cavanaugh) Mayor Ed's daughter who is in love with Lucky.
  • Princess (voiced by April Winchell in "The High Price of Fame" and "Shake, Rattle and Woof" and Cree Summer for the rest of the series): A cow who lives on the Dearly Farm.
  • Duchess (voiced by Marla Gibbs): A cow and a companion of Princess.

ReleaseEdit

BroadcastEdit

The show debuted in syndication on September 1, 1997, running episodes five days a week; this was the second season. Two weeks later, the first season aired on ABC's One Saturday Morning lineup. That season was originally going to air on ABC on September 6, 1997 but was delayed a week due to the untimely death of Princess Diana.

In total, 65 half-hour episodes with 105 episode segments were produced. The first season contained 12 episodes: 3 full-length episodes, and 9 that contained 2 segments each. Meanwhile, the second season contained 53 episodes: 22 full-length episodes, and 31 that contained 2 segments each.[4] On March 4, 1998, the show aired its last episode with reruns continuing to play in syndication through August 28, 1998.

Reruns continued to play on ABC until 1999.[citation needed] Reruns of the show also aired on Disney Channel from 1998 to 1999[5] and Toon Disney from September 1998 to May 22, 2007.[6][7][8][9] As of today, the series has been off the air in most countries. It was syndicated on the United Kingdom channel Disney Cinemagic for quite a few years and was also aired on the Latin American version of Disney Channel during 2008, and then on January 2, 2010, Season 2 moved to RTÉ Two in the Republic of Ireland. The show has aired four times on Fridays at 4 a.m. on the Disney Junior block on the Disney Channel in early 2011.

On March 23, 2012, the show returned to television as a launch title for the Disney Junior channel, but only about half of the episodes aired, and most of the ones that did air were edited down (this was most likely due to scenes that were dubbed inappropriate for preschoolers). On September 3, 2013, the series was removed from Disney Junior's lineup.

StreamingEdit

Currently, all of the episodes are available on the iTunes Store and Amazon Video since June 2017 in HD and SD formats, with the exception of "Alive N' Chicken"/"Prima Doggy", which is still banned at this time.[10]

On May 8, 2020, the entire series became available on Disney+ in Australia,[11] and on the US version of Disney+ on June 19, 2020, with all 65 episodes arranged in mixed order, listed as one season.[12] In addition, "Alive N' Chicken"/"Prima Doggy" is among the episodes available to stream, a rare instance from Disney+ for a television series that is available to purchase digitally elsewhere, but for a particular episode not being available to buy, being available to stream on the platform.[13] It is currently unknown if the series will become available on the service in other regions.

EpisodesEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
12112September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13)January 10, 1998 (1998-01-10)ABC
28453September 1, 1997 (1997-09-01)March 4, 1998 (1998-03-04)Syndication

Season 1 (1997–1998)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Home is Where the Bark Is"Rick SchneiderWritten by : Roberts Gannaway
Storyboard by : Cynthia Petrovic and Amber Tornquist
September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13)
Roger is planning to move to the country side due to him thinking that the big city is too much for him. Lucky, Rolly and Cadpig however are not pleased with the move. However, Roger didn't care but Lucky didn't care, but moved any way. When they moved to their new home, Lucky, Rolly and Cadpig hated the place. Cruella then moves with a cake saying "Happy Ban Mitzvah Howard". Rolly then eats the entire cake when Cruella then thew it at him. Cruella wants to buy the place, and wants Roger to do it for her because everyone else didn't let her in. The main reason why that Cruella wants to buy the place is because of Anita. Cruella wants to offer Roger double of what he payed, but Roger's price is not for sale and wants the house to keep to himself, Anita and the dalmatians. Cruella then leaves as she calls someone to steal the farm. Later at night, Lucky can't take the noses around him. In the morning, Rolly and Cadpig also can't sleep due to the burn being too hot and farmy. With this, the dalmatian puppies that couldn't sleep are going back to the city at their old home. Meanwhile, Cruella is spying on them. When the puppies get to their homes, they see that pieces of wood are covering all over the place. When Cruella sees the puppies, the pups make a run for it. Cruella almost got the pups, but only their collars. The puppies are then happy they're back at their old home. However, Cruella locks the place on them.
2a2a"He Followed Me Home"Victor CookWritten by : Mirith J.S. Colao
Storyboard by : Sean Bishop
September 27, 1997 (1997-09-27)
2b2b"Love 'Em and Flea 'Em"Tony Craig & Roberts GannawayWritten by : Ken Koonce & Michael Merton
Storyboard by : Edward Baker
September 27, 1997 (1997-09-27)
3a3a"Howl Noon"Rick SchneiderWritten by : Ken Koonce & Michael Merton
Storyboard by : David Fulp
October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)
3b3b"Easy on the Lies"Ken BoyerWritten by : Bruce Shelly and Anne Baumgarten
Storyboard by : Phil Mosness
October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)
4a4a"Two for the Show"Skip JonesWritten by : Jess Winfield
Storyboard by : Jill Colbert
October 11, 1997 (1997-10-11)
4b4b"An Officer and a Gentledog"Tony Craig & Roberts GannawayWritten by : Fracaswell Hyman
Storyboard by : Craig Kemplin
October 11, 1997 (1997-10-11)
5a5a"Bad to the Bone"Skip JonesWritten by : Don Gillies
Storyboard by : Linda Miller
October 18, 1997 (1997-10-18)
5b5b"Southern Fried Cruella"Ken BoyerWritten by : Bruce Shelly and Anne Baumgarten
Storyboard by : Daniel Mills
October 18, 1997 (1997-10-18)
6a6a"Swine Song"Victor CookWritten by : Cydne Clark & Steve Granat
Storyboard by : Bob Logan
October 25, 1997 (1997-10-25)
6b6b"Watch for Falling Idols"Rick SchneiderWritten by : Jess Winfield
Storyboard by : Byron Vaughns
October 25, 1997 (1997-10-25)
7a7a"The High Price of Fame"Skip JonesWritten by : Don Gillies
Storyboard by : Jill Colbert
November 1, 1997 (1997-11-01)
7b7b"The Great Cat Invasion"Skip JonesWritten by : David Hemingson
Storyboard by : Garret Ho and Alan Wright
November 1, 1997 (1997-11-01)
88"No Train, No Gain"Rick SchneiderWritten by : Len Uhley
Storyboard by : Cynthia Petrovic and Amber Tornquist
November 8, 1997 (1997-11-08)
9a9a"Rolly's Egg-Celent Adventure"Skip JonesWritten by : Bruce Talkington
Storyboard by : Larry Leker
November 15, 1997 (1997-11-15)
9b9b"Wild Chick Chase"Rick SchneiderWritten by : Mirith J.S. Colao
Storyboard by : David Fulp
November 15, 1997 (1997-11-15)
10a10a"The Dogs of De Vil"Rick SchneiderWritten by : Chris Hubbell & Sam Graham
Storyboard by : Joey Banaszkiewicz, Sean Bishop, Kevin Davis, Julie Forte,
David Knott, Aaron Rozenfeld and Charles Wester
November 22, 1997 (1997-11-22)
10b10b"Dog's Best Friend"Rick SchneiderWritten by : Thomas Hart
Storyboard by : James Fletcher
November 22, 1997 (1997-11-22)
1111"A Christmas Cruella"Victor CookWritten by : Ken Koonce & Michael Merton
Storyboard by : Denise Koyama and Yi-Chih Chen
December 20, 1997 (1997-12-20)
12a12a"Out to Launch"Ken BoyerWritten by : Don Gillies
Storyboard by : Charles Harvey and Wendell Washer
January 10, 1998 (1998-01-10)
12b12b"Prophet and Loss"Skip JonesWritten by : Thomas Hart
Storyboard by : Enrique May, Rossen Varbanov and Alan Wright
January 10, 1998 (1998-01-10)

Season 2 (1997–1998)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
13a1a"You Slipped a Disk"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayWritten by : Mirith J.S. Colao
Storyboard by : Amber Tornquist
September 1, 1997 (1997-09-01)
13b1b"Chow About That?"Tony Craig and Roberts GannawayWritten by : Mirith J.S. Colao
Storyboard by : Cynthia Petrovic
September 1, 1997 (1997-09-01)
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
142"Tic Track Toe"
"Lucky All Star"
September 2, 1997 (1997-09-02)
153"Shake, Rattle and Woof"
"Cadpig Behind Bars"
September 3, 1997 (1997-09-03)
164"Leisure Lawsuit"
"Purred It Through the Grapevine"
September 4, 1997 (1997-09-04)
175"Our Own Digs"
"Goose Pimples"
September 5, 1997 (1997-09-05)
186"Two Faces of Anita"September 8, 1997 (1997-09-08)
197"The Fungus Among Us"September 9, 1997 (1997-09-09)

Note: This and "Close But No Cigar" have Cruella De Vil be voiced by Tress MacNeille instead of April Winchelll.
208"Market Mayham
Lucky to be Alone"
September 10, 1997 (1997-09-10)
219"Four Stories Up"September 11, 1997 (1997-09-11)
2210"It's a Swamp Thing
Roll Out the Pork Barrel"
September 12, 1997 (1997-09-12)
23a11a"Alive N' Chicken"September 15, 1997 (1997-09-15)

Note: This episode was banned for almost 19 years after the September 11 attacks due to a scene of Spot crashing into a barn. Its sister episode is also banned because it was too short to fill a 30-minute time slot. This along with its sister episode were not publicly seen (airing on television or being on the iTunes Store) until the entire series was released on Disney+.
23b11b"Prima Doggy"September 15, 1997 (1997-09-15)
2412"You Say It's Your Birthday"September 16, 1997 (1997-09-16)
2513"Oozy Does It
Barnboozled"
September 17, 1997 (1997-09-17)
2614"Citizen Canine"September 18, 1997 (1997-09-18)
2715"Full Metal Pullet
Dough the Right Thing"
September 20, 1997 (1997-09-20)
2816"Frisky Business
Cadet of the Month"
September 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)
2917"Valentine Daze"September 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)
30a18a"Close But No Cigar"September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)

Note: Same as "The Fungus Among Us".
30b18b"Invasion of the Doggy Snatchers"September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)
3119"Smoke Detectors
Lobster Tale"
September 26, 1997 (1997-09-26)
3220"Double Dog Dare
Mooove It On Over"
September 29, 1997 (1997-09-29)
3321"Shipwrecked"October 1, 1997 (1997-10-01)
3422"Mall Pups"October 3, 1997 (1997-10-03)
3523"Shrewzle Watch
The Life You Save"
October 6, 1997 (1997-10-06)
3624"Spots and Shots
On the Lamb"
October 13, 1997 (1997-10-13)
3725"Treasure of Swamp Island
Lord of the Termites"
October 20, 1997 (1997-10-20)
3826"Fountain of Youth
Walk a Mile in my Tracks"
October 30, 1997 (1997-10-30)
3927"Cruella World"October 31, 1997 (1997-10-31)
4028"Hail to the Chief
Food for Thought"
November 3, 1997 (1997-11-03)
4129"The Maltese Chicken"November 7, 1997 (1997-11-07)
4230"Film Fatale
My Fair Chicken"
November 10, 1997 (1997-11-10)
4331"Snow Bounders
Gnaw or Never"
November 11, 1997 (1997-11-11)
4432"Poison Ivy
Twelve Angry Pups"
November 14, 1997 (1997-11-14)
4533"The Good-Bye Chick"November 17, 1997 (1997-11-17)
4634"Robo-Rolly
Splishing and Splashing"
November 20, 1997 (1997-11-20)
4735"Virtual Lucky"November 21, 1997 (1997-11-21)
4836"Cupid Pups"November 24, 1997 (1997-11-24)
4937"The Artist Formerly Known as Spot
The Nose Knows"
November 25, 1997 (1997-11-25)
5038"K Is For Kibble"January 5, 1998 (1998-01-05)
5139"Humanitarian of the Year"January 12, 1998 (1998-01-12)
5240"Beauty Pageant Pandemonium
Hog Tied"
January 16, 1998 (1998-01-16)
5341"Coup De Vil"January 19, 1998 (1998-01-19)
5442"Every Little Crooked Nanny
Cone Head"
January 30, 1998 (1998-01-30)
5543"Channels
Un-Lucky"
February 6, 1998 (1998-02-06)
5644"The Making Of..."February 9, 1998 (1998-02-09)
5745"Best of Show
Walk on the Wild Side"
February 11, 1998 (1998-02-11)
5846"Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move"February 13, 1998 (1998-02-13)
5947"De Vil-Age Elder"February 16, 1998 (1998-02-16)
6048"Jurassic Bark
My Fair Moochie"
February 20, 1998 (1998-02-20)
6149"Dog Food Day Afternoon
Spot's Fairy God-Chicken"
February 23, 1998 (1998-02-23)
6250"Good Neighbor Cruella
Animal House Party"
February 27, 1998 (1998-02-27)
63
64
65
51
52
53
"Dalmatian Vacation"March 2, 1998 (1998-03-02)
March 3, 1998 (1998-03-03)
March 4, 1998 (1998-03-04)

Part 1 — "Road Warriors":

Part 2 — "Cross-Country Calamity":

Part 3 — "Dearly Beloved":

MerchandiseEdit

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

  • A Christmas Cruella VHS (released October 6, 1998)
  • Dalmatian Vacation Video CD
  • Dalmatian Vacation VHS and LaserDisc (Japan only)
  • Surf Puppies CD
  • The Big Dig (book)
  • Cruella Returns (book)
  • Springtime Fun (book)
  • Visit the Farm (book)
  • Hide-and-Go-Seek at the Farm (book)
  • Rare episode cels
  • Car toys for McDonald's Happy Meals (sold in January 1998)
  • Curly straws from McDonald's restaurants located in Wal-Mart stores
  • Beanbag toys included with Sweethearts candy (Caldor exclusive)
  • Disney Channel branded keychains (Japan only)

ReferencesEdit

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