101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure

Movie review by
Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining animated sequel has some peril and violence.
  • G
  • 2003
  • 70 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Movie intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Some messages on being true to yourself, not being a fake like Thunderbolt, even if he learns how to use his acting skills for good.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Patch isn't a big "alpha" dog in the way Thunderbolt presents himself on television and in real life, but Patch shows that you don't have to look and sound mighty in order to be heroic.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon violence in some scenes, particularly scenes in which the dalmatians are watching the "Thunderbolt" black and white cartoon on television. Maid hits villains with a frying pan. Villains retaliate by sending her down a well. Cruella throws knives at a pretentious artist, and later leaves him tied up to his canvas. Doggie treat delivery truck carjacked by the villains, who wear women's clothing in order to seduce and fool the driver. Cruella hits her lackeys with a tire iron. Cruella hits Thunderbolt with a paint can, knocking him out. Cruella talks of the ways puppies can be killed (drowning, etc.). Some scenes in which the dalmatians are in danger or threatened with danger. Dogs lured into the back of a doggie treat truck by the villains. Vehicle chase involving a double-decker bus barreling down the road out of control. Peril and sadness when Patch is left behind when Anita and Roger take the other dogs to their new home on a farm.

Sexy Stuff
Language

The other dalmatians make fun of Patch for his "squeaky" bark, but grow to accept him when he proves to be heroic.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cruella is always holding a smoking cigarette in a holder. Some art gallery attendees shown holding cocktails.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 101 Dalmatians: Patch's London Adventure is a 2003 animated sequel in which Patch teams up with a TV star dog to stop Cruella from turning the dogs into abstract art. Expect a fair amount of cartoon violence and pratfalls, particularly in scenes in which the dogs watch a black-and-white TV show starring a heroic dog named Thunderbolt, who gets whipped by the villain on top of a moving train before tying up the whip around the villain's legs, causing him to fall inside of a train car with an angry bull. Outside of the TV show, Cruella is up to her old tricks, is shown knocking out a dog with a paint can, knocks her henchmen out with a tire iron, throws knives at a pretentious artist before leaving him tied to one of his canvases. Anita and Roger's maid hits the villains with a frying pan, before they retaliate by lowering her into a well and leaving her there. Cruella talks of ways in which the dalmatians might be killed (drowning, etc.), before suggesting that their fur be converted into artwork. Vehicle chase involving an out-of-control double-decker bus. Doggie delivery truck carjacked by the villains, who dress as women as a way to fool the driver. Dogs lured into the back of the doggie treat truck. Cruella always shown with a smoking cigarette in a holder. Brief shots of attendees of an art gallery opening holding cocktails.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHolly R. August 4, 2019

Another bad direct to DVD Disney sequel...

This movie has ok animation that was done in Japan using Toon Boom Harmony software and has an interesting enough plot at first glance except that it is done in... Continue reading
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byBinge W. July 29, 2018

SQL does not have anything iffy obviously, better than I thought it would be.

When I watch this with my friend it was a tiny bit better than I thought it would be there is really no violence to worry about at all except dogs in peril but... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 July 30, 2021

LOL never watched this!

My 6 month old puppy is scared of Cruella De Vil and she gives him nightmares! I DON'T HAVE A PUPPY!!!!!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written byDisneyFan-Reliable April 25, 2015

FANTASTIC- If your a fan of the original

Parents need to know 101 Dalmatians: Patch's London Adventure, is the same sort of plot from the original- except with a twist. This movie should be fine f... Continue reading

What's the story?

Once again Cruella de Vil is after the improbably large family of puppies in order to make a coat of their fur. The puppies and their family have moved to a farm, but somehow one puppy, Patch, is left behind. He meets his TV hero, Thunderbolt, who has his own reasons for wanting Patch's help with his heroics. Once again Cruella gets hold of the rest of the puppies, and it's up to Patch and Thunderbolt to save the day.

Is it any good?

Fans of the original 101 Dalmatians will enjoy this sequel, since they are very similar. The one potentially disturbing element here is that no one realizes Patch is missing until they see his picture in the paper, but when they're reunited they tell him they missed him very much, an inconsistency that may not be lost on some young viewers. All in all this is an entertaining movie, with some very creative animation, particularly involving the work of Cruella's newest protégé, Lars, a beatnik-type painter who specializes in, of course, paintings of spots.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between acting like a hero and really being one, and how this story follows the old saying "if at first you don't succeed, try again."

  • This was a "straight-to-DVD" sequel. Why are sequels almost always never as good as the original movie? Are there exceptions to this, and if so, what are some examples?

  • What do you think of the violence and peril here? Was it necessary? Why or why not?

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