101 Dalmatians

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Lovable cartoon classic with cute dogs and a mean villain.

G 1961 79 minutes

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 26 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 31 reviews

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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 5+

Best Cartoon Movie Ever!!!!!

This movie is amazing because the animation is so realistic and different; some of of the color is outside this lines and you can still see some pencil lines. In the art department... totally would give it a six star if I could. As far as character development and character personality, you can totally feel what they feel and see the sadness or happiness in their faces. The animation is so impeccable and moving that you can relate to the characters and see their points of view. So as far as the characters this movie, again, six stars. And of course we have the villain. Cruella DeVil is such an easy person to hate and loathe, and that is what makes her such a great villain. She doesn't waver or switch sides and sometimes that would be great, but in this case her pure evilness ties the whole movie together. So villains, this round you get five stars. Overall, this movie would get six stars. Amazing job, Disney.

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