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101 Dalmatians Christmas



Not very Christmas-y cartoons.
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 44 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The 101 Dalmatians series as represented here shows no sense of moral responsibility, and no purpose other than to mesmerize kids with slick, fast-paced nonsense.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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This is part of Disney's franchising of the popular movie 101 Dalmations.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's no objectionable content here.

What's the story?

In the first story, a parody of A Christmas Carol, a limping Dalmatian substitutes for Tiny Tim, and Cruella De Vil is visited by cuddly puppy ghosts. In the second episode, "Coup De Vil," Cruella's relatives all use peculiar means, including a Seismic Mayhemitron, to try to wrestle Malevola De Vil's land back from its owners, Roger and Anita, thereby gaining the elder De Vil's favor and claiming her inheritance.

Is it any good?


These two 101 Dalmatians cartoon episodes, falsely packaged as Christmas fun, are bad even by current Saturday morning TV standards -- the stagnant pond from which they were skimmed.

Unlike Arthur and Doug, two series that entertain while leaving young minds with ethical lessons to ponder, the 101 Dalmatians series as represented here shows no sense of moral responsibility, and no purpose other than to mesmerize kids with slick, fast-paced nonsense.

The first story sacrifices everything good Dickens' classic Christmas Carol stands for, not for comedy's sake (kids would get more laughs watching a real dog eat a cracker), but simply because the creative minds at work didn't know what to do with worthwhile material. "Coup De Vil" has nothing to do with Christmas, and is perplexing on its own.The puppies aren't integral to the stories; they could just as easily be robots or fish, they have so little to do with what's going on. They're just slapped on the box for their recognizable name, a means for the Disney sausage works to sell inferior meat. Let your kids watch the far better Mickey's Christmas Carol instead.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about which characters are their favorite and why.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1998
DVD/Streaming release date:November 2, 1999
Cast:Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson
Director:Clyde Geronimi
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:44 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent Written byMommyMovieReviews May 1, 2012


I had high hopes because I love the Dalmation movies, but this just fell short. One to skip unless you want something mindless for your kids to watch....
Teen, 14 years old Written byLuckypup96 September 10, 2010

Great for the kids!

How could this get such a bad review? I watch it with the kids I babysit, anf it's great. It has a great Christmas message to it, too.
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Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe May 26, 2010


I haven't seen this Dalmation caper, but common sense's review has me shying away. It makes me wonder if there isn't anything good about them??


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