Saturday, February 21, 2009

Seeing Spots . . . On the Big Screen

Probably the most famous Dalmatian film is Walt Disney's 1996 adaptation of Dodie Smith's novel, The One Hundred and One Dalmatians, retitled 101 Dalmatians. The film spawned such a Dalmatian craze that, after it came out, animal shelters across America were flooded with young adult Dals who had outgrown their cute puppy stage and turned out not to be born with the same training Pongo had.

There are many other films featuring Dals (though some only in very small roles) and here's a list for all you fans of the "carriage dog."

101 Dalmatians (1996)
102 Dalmatians (2000)
Airplane! (1980)
Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001)
Dog Years (1997)
Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
Frequency (2000) (brief)
Garfield (2004) (brief)
The Hindenburg (1975)
Hot Shots! (1991)
In Dreams (1999)
Little Cobras: Operation Dalmatian a.k.a. Dalmatian Fever (1997)
Operation Dalmatian: The Big Adventure (1997)
Operation Dalmatian: Holiday (2007)
Operation Dalmatian: Paws and Claws Rescuers (2001) TV
Pleasentville (1998)
The Rainbow Thief (1990)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Serendipity (2001)
State and Main (2000)
Sweet Charity (1969) (brief)
Tiger (1998) (brief)
The Truman Show (1998)
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
What Dreams May Come (1998)

Pictured: Poster art from author's collection of Robin Williams with Dalmatian, "Katie," in What Dreams May Come. Copyright Polygram Filmed Entertainment, 1998.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the great background information. Great fun knowing insider details!