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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie intended to entertain rather than educate.
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
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.
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The other dalmatians make fun of Patch for his "squeaky" bark, but grow to accept him when he proves to be heroic.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cruella is always holding a smoking cigarette in a holder. Some art gallery attendees shown holding cocktails.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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