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This Day in History: January 25, 1961 by Simonov

This Day in History: January 25, 1961


On January 25, 1961, Disney's One Hundred and One Dalmatians makes its debut theaters. The 17th Disney animated feature film, 101 Dalmatians is an adaptation of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel of the same name. The film tells the story a litter of Dalmatian puppies who are kidnapped by Cruella de Vil, a wealthy and spoiled woman who wishes to turn the puppies and others she had acquired into fur coats. Pongo and Perdita, the parents of the puppies, set out to rescue them and must overcome many obstacles to rescue the puppies and bring them safely home with the help of many other animals along the way.

101 Dalmatians proved to be a successful film for Disney, grossing $14 million dollars in its initial run and $215 million in its lifetime. The film has also seen multiple re-releases in theater as well as home media releases on VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray. It has also spawned a live-action remake, animated television series, and sequels for both the original animated film and the live-action remake. 101 Dalmatians remains a Disney classic beloved by many around the world.

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    Dodie Smith wrote a sequel novel, The Starlight Barking, but the plot was a little too weird, even for Disney.