A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 101 Dalmatian Street is an animated series that follows the misadventures of 99 puppies who are the descendants of Perdita and Pongo of the original 101 Dalmatians. Slapstick and absurdity are the primary comedy devices at play in this chaotic show, as the energetic puppies get into all kinds of sticky and messy trouble with little oversight from their parents. Expect a fair amount of potty humor and some teasing and mildly insulting language among siblings, as well as some scenarios that would cause injury in a real-world setting.
What's the story?
101 DALMATIAN STREET introduces a new generation of black-and-white pups with a penchant for mischief and comical sibling rivalry. The pups' mom, Delilah (voiced by Ella Kenion), is a descendant of the original overextended canine parents, Pongo and Perdita. She and her husband, Doug (Rhashan Stone), have 99 puppies between them, a blended family that ensures there’s never a dull moment in their household. With Mom and Dad’s busy work schedules, it falls to older siblings Dylan (Josh Brener) and Dolly (Michaela Dietz) to wrangle the masses and keep them out of trouble.
Is it any good?
Not surprisingly, given the fact that its stars are a gaggle of puppies, the pace of this comical series is practically hyperactive. There’s constant action on the screen -- puppies are racing, tumbling, and jumping everywhere. It’s loud, it’s chaotic, and more often than not, it’s messy. Add the influence of the neighborhood animal gang, and these pups’ adventures just never stop.
101 Dalmatian Street bears little resemblance to the classic film, but those who’ve seen it will pick up on occasional mentions of Cruella de Vil and other ties to the story’s origins. Your kids won’t learn a ton from the series, but there are laughs to be had as they get to know the plethora of different personalities among the puppies.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how 101 Dalmatian Street differentiates among the puppies using dominant personality traits and corresponding physical features. Can you keep them straight? Is it difficult to follow the storyline because the puppies look so much alike?
Kids: Do you enjoy movies and TV shows with animals who talk? Does this show attempt to offer insight into dog behavior, or do the puppies seem more like people than animals?
Do any characters stand out with positive character traits? Is there an obvious leader in the group, or does that role change with the stories? What are some important qualities in a leader?
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