I was tempted to not even review this movie here, but I figured what the
heck. Someone in this group might be curious about this ("Anyone? Bueller?
For those of you who don't know "101 Dalmations: Patch's London Adventure" is
the latest direct-to-video (and DVD) release from Disney. It's a sequel to
the animated film that came out nearly 40 years ago (and shouldn't be
confused with the live action adaptations starring Glenn Close).
Let me start this by saying that the only reason I watched this movie was
because it was a gift for my kids from my parents. Although I generally like
the Disney animated blockbusters, this one really wasn't high on my list of
must-sees (actually it wasn't on the list). I would have preferred to watch
"Lilo and Stitch" or the special edition of "Beauty and the Beast" or
something. The original "101 Dalmations" isn't really among my top Disney
This movie was OK, although a bit disposable. I guess if you're a hard-core
"101 Dalmations" fan, then you should see this because it basically picks up
the story right where it left off and maintains the attitude of the original.
The animators did a good job of matching the art style of the original film,
which back in the day was one of the first animated films to use Xerox
process to transfer the animator's drawings onto celluoid. Jason Alexander
and Barry Bostwick are among the actors who lend their voices to this
I watched this with my 4 1/2 year-old son and he seemed a bit bored by it. He
kept asking when it was going to be over, although he insisted on sitting
through it to the end (it was only a 70 minute movie). In the past he liked
Disney's "Aladdin," "Peter Pan" and "Treasure Planet" and other stuff like
"Monster's Inc." Maybe this just wasn't his style.
If you need to entertain a kid for about an hour, this movie should do the
trick. I would definately rent it before buying it though. A guess a good
rule of thumb is to always save your money for the purchase of a legitmate
Disney release instead of a direct-to-video one.