On this day in 1961 Disney's animated 101 Dalmatians premiered.
The story centers on Pongo (voiced by Rod Taylor) and Perdita, a pair of Dalmatians who play Cupid for their human pets. In a short time, the dogs become the proud parents of 15 winsome puppies. But their happiness is short-lived when the wicked Cruella De Vil (voiced by Betty Lou Gerson) wants to buy all the puppies—to make a coat! When her dastardly offer is turned down, she orders her bumbling henchmen Horace and Jasper to abscond with the puppies as well as every other Dalmatian puppy in London. Pongo and Perdita rally a network of animals across England with the “twilight bark” to help find Cruella's secret hideaway and rescue 99 precious puppies.
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