On this day in 1961, Disney's 17th animated feature One Hundred and One Dalmatians was released.
Often abbreviated as 101 Dalmatians, the film features the voice of Rod Taylor as Pongo, the first of the Dalmatians, and Betty Lou Gerson as the voice of the villainous Cruella De Vil. Based on the novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith, the Disney plot centers on a flamboyant Cruella De Vil who steals dalmatian puppies to create a one-of-a-kind spotted coat.
The production of 101 Dalmatians ushered in a change in the graphic style of Disney's animation. A time and money saving technology called Xerography was used. This hard "sketchy" graphic style would remain the norm at Disney until the technology improved (prior to the release of The Rescuers) allowing for a softer look.
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