Dane name: Danny (cameo)
This Disney animated classic follows the adventures of two Dalmatians, Pongo & Perdita.
The happy couple have puppies, but the pups get kidnapped by Cruella De Vil who plans to make a Dalmatian fur coat! To locate their kids, Pongo and Perdita utilize the "Twilight Bark", a communication system for canines. That night, they bark their message of the stolen pups. The message is passed on from one dog to another. The first to hear the call is Danny, a brown Great Dane. Voiced by George Pelling, Danny not only passes the message along, but locates Pongo and Perdita taking them on the first step of their journey. He tells the duo that should they get lost to send out an alert as all dogs will be listening.
The movie was the first Disney feature to be done totally with xerography - the process that transferred a drawing onto a cel. Previously, the art was traced onto cels by inkers. The film is also the first Disney animated film to be written by a single writer - Bill Peet.
101 DALMATIANS was released on January 25, 1961. It became the 10th highest grossing film of the year and continued to be one of Disney's most profitable films. In 1996 a syndicated TV series was launched focusing on the puppies. 2003 saw the release of a direct to video sequel - 101 DALMATIANS II: PATCH'S LONDON ADVENTURE.
The movie was remade as a live action film in 1996. It starred Glen Close as Cruella De Vil, and the dogs (and other animals) did not talk.