Parents' Guide to

101 Dalmatians

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Lovable cartoon classic with cute dogs and a mean villain.

Movie G 1961 79 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 5+

Has not aged well...

I would argue you can put this in the list of Disney films that have not aged well (I'm looking at you Peter Pan!). It is not too egregious but it is enough to turn me off to the film. The gender dynamics are tired and worn thin. The violence towards the villains is over the top and unfunny to my taste and Cruella de Ville is seen as a disfigured tantrummy non-person by the film's end. Also the female lead and Perdy are also portrayed as whiny and helpless.
age 12+



Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (24 ):

The puppies are adorable, and the movie is exciting, funny (with a sly poke at television and the kids who watch it), and fun. Cruella is still one of the most memorable villains in the history of the movies -- for good reason. She's loud and mean, and she's willing to wear a coat made of 101 puppies -- what could be worse?

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