4 March 1998
| 6.1/10 |
13 September 1997
| Jim Jinkins
American Broadcasting Company, Toon Disney
Tara Strong, Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker, Kath Soucie, Jim Cummings
101 Dalmatians: The Series is an animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation in association with Jumbo Pictures based on the 1961 Disney animated feature of the same name and its 1996 live-action remake. The show spanned two seasons, with the first episode airing on September 13, 1997, and the last episode airing on March 4, 1998.
101 Dalmatians: The Series Wikipedia
The show focuses primarily on three particular puppies: Lucky, TV addict, leader, and unconventional hero; Rolly, his fat, cheerful, laid-back, and always-hungry brother; and Cadpig, their intellectual and fast-talking sister, who is the runt of the family. The three siblings are often joined by Spot, a chicken who wants to be a dog and a member of the "Bark Brigade." Early promotional material had listed "dictatorial Penny and mischievous Patch" as two other puppy cast members, but the highlighted puppies were whittled down to three.The Penny was instead of Cadpig and now search have to say that it's possible to be the same. The series is set on the "Dalmatian Plantation," the farm where the dalmatians relocated after the end of the film (one episode features the dalmatians running away to return to the now-abandoned London flat where they were born), shortly after the events of the film.
Other puppies appearing in the show have included the fearless, three-legged Tripod; the friendly but dim-witted Dipstick; the constantly urinating Wizzer; the fashion-conscious diva Two-Tone; and the Sheepdog mix, Mooch, who serves as the farm's bully. Penny and Patch also make occasional appearances, though with different personalities than originally promoted. The show seems to be a blending of both the original animated film and the live-action feature, so the potential exists for other puppies from the films to appear, especially Freckles, Pepper, Jewel, and Fidget.
101 Dalmatians: The Series debuted in syndication on September 1, 1997, running new episodes five days a week. Two weeks later, the show came to ABC's One Saturday Morning lineup, airing original episodes that could only be seen on the network. Sixty-five episodes were produced: Twelve episodes with 18 segments on ABC and 53 shows containing 62 in syndication. By March 1998 the show played its last episode in Season 2.
Reruns continued to play on ABC until 2000, when the show was moved to the Disney Channel and then later to Toon Disney. On January 30, 2006, Toon Disney aired the show for the final time regularly, while four episodes were shown in March 2007 for the final time. As of that day, 101 Dalmatians: The Series has been off the air in most countries with a Disney Channel franchise. It is currently being syndicated on the United Kingdom channel Disney Cinemagic and was also aired on the Latin American version of Disney Channel during 2008, then on January 2, 2010, Season 2 moved to RTÉ Two in Ireland. It aired a few times in early 2011 Fridays at 4 a.m. on Disney Junior, but after four airings, its airing has been discontinued. As of March 23, 2012, 101 Dalmatians: The Series returned to the Disney Junior Channel, but on September 3, 2013, it was removed.Lucky (voiced by Pamela Adlon and Debi Mae West): The most plucky of the puppies and is unique in having his only spots in the shape of a horseshoe on his back.
Cadpig (voiced by Kath Soucie): Cadpig is the runt of the litter and the smallest of the puppies but quite possibly the most intelligent, if not deluded. She is unique in having long floppy ears, a big head, a kind-hearted personality, and she's also quite strong for her size. Roger had saved her young life when she was born.
Roly Poly (voiced by Kath Soucie): Roly Poly, nicknamed Rolly, is the very hungry one. Almost all his decisions are based on food and this, at times, gets him and the pups into trouble. He is, however, a cheerful and diligent sibling, especially when it comes to his incredible sense of smell.
Spot (voiced by Tara Strong): Spot is a chicken who wants to become a Dalmatian. She is a voice of reason for the foursome but, more often than not, is ignored. She is easily scared and is prone to literally bouncing off the walls. She is, however, a great dancer (which has to count for something, according to her) and appears to be good at math. She is also able to fly.
Roger and Anita Dearly (voiced by Jeff Bennett and Kath Soucie, respectively): Owners of the 101 Dalmatians and Dearly Farm.
Cruella de Vil (voiced by April Winchell): Now a corporate criminal and most of her plans revolve around getting richer, tormenting the Dalmatians, and plotting to steal the Dearly Farm.
Horace and Jasper (voiced by David L. Lander and Michael McKean): Cruella's henchmen. They are usually hired to perform her plans, usually failing.
Nanny (voiced by Charlotte Rae): The Dearlys' caretaker who always helps Roger and Anita around the Dearly Farm; also helps with feeding the Dalmatians from the huge Chow Tower that she operates with a bicycle.
Pongo (voiced by Kevin Schon and later Michael Donovan): The father of the fifteen puppies, adopted father of the eighty-four orphaned pups, and the husband and mate of Perdita. He is Roger's devoted pet.
Perdita (voiced by Pam Dawber): The mother of the Dalmatians, and the wife/mate of Pongo. She is mother to the fifteen puppies, and adoptive mother to eighty-four orphaned pups. She is Anita's beloved pet.
Mooch: (voiced by Danny Cooksey): A Sheepdog mix who can be intimidating at times, but deep down is very sensitive and nice.
Two-Tone (voiced by Tara Strong): One of the Dalmatian puppies and Mooch's on-again, off-again girlfriend. She is depicted as half black with white spots, and half white with black spots.
Dipstick (voiced by Thom Adcox-Hernandez): A male Dalmatian puppy who can be considered dim-witted; also part of Mooch's gang.
Wizzer (voiced by Pamela Adlon in "Purred It Through The Grapevine" and Christine Cavanaugh for the rest of the series): A male Dalmatian puppy with bladder control issues; also part of Mooch's gang.
Tripod (voiced by Toran Caudell): A male Dalmatian puppy who serves as Lucky's friendly rival. He has spotted ears, a green headband and is missing his front left leg.
Scorch (voiced by Frank Welker): Cruella's pet ferret who has an appetite for Spot.
The Colonel (voiced by Jim Cummings): A Catalan Sheepdog and commanding officer of the "Bark Brigade".
Sergeant Tibbs (voiced by Jeff Bennett): An Abyssinian and trusted ally to the Colonel.
Captain (voiced by Frank Welker): A horse on the Dearly Farm who is usually seen helping Nanny.
Lieutenant Pug (voiced by Jeff Bennett): One of the training officers of the "Bark Brigade". He is paranoid about a potential feline invasion.
Thunderbolt (voiced by Frank Welker): Lucky's favorite superhero.
Cornelia (voiced by Tress MacNeille): Spot's overprotective mother who wants her to behave like a chicken.
Lucy (voiced by Paddi Edwards): A female goose who gets angry when the Dalmatians play in her pond at Hiccup Hole.
Swamp Rat (voiced by Jeff Bennett): A rat salesman who lives in the swamp.
Steven the alligator (voiced by Frank Welker): Swamp Rat's associate who is also fixated on eating Spot.
Cydne (voiced by Frank Welker): A snake who lives in the swamp and Swamp Rat's other associate.
Mayor Ed Pig (voiced by Jim Cummings): A pig who is also the mayor of the animals on the Dearly Farm.
Dumpling: (voiced by Christine Cavanaugh) Mayor Ed's daughter who is in love with Lucky.
Princess (voiced by April Winchell in "The High Price of Fame" and "Shake, Rattle, and Woof" and Cree Summer for the rest of the series): A dairy cow who lives on the Dearly Farm.
Duchess (voiced by Marla Gibbs): A fellow dairy cow and companion of Princess.
Not much merchandise has been made of this series unlike other Disney series, the only ones being:"A Christmas Cruella" VHS (also part of "Disney's Christmas Favorites" album)
"Dalmatian Vacation" Video CD
"Dalmatian Vacation" VHS and LaserDisc (Japan only)
"Surf Puppies" CD
"The Big Dig" (book)
"Cruella Returns" (book)
"Springtime Fun" (book)
"Hide-and-Go-Seek at the Farm" (book)
Rare episode cels
Car toys for McDonald's Happy Meals (sold in January 1998)
Curly straws from McDonald's restaurants located in Wal-Mart stores
Beanbag toys included with Sweethearts candy (Caldor exclusive)
Disney Channel branded keychains (Japan only)
The series does not take place in the same continuity as the movies; an example of which being the fact that everyone in the series (except Cruella) has American accents while the movie is set in London and its surroundings. The original animated movie is set in the early 1960s, while the live-action films and the series are set in a modern-day world (1996 at the time). It is also notable that the movie is more realistic, while the series is very cartoon-like. The series comes closer to the essence of Dodie Smith's book than the movies and is based on everything 101 Dalmatians-related (Cadpig is one character that is not characterized in the movies). Therefore, all three media can be considered canon, even though they are not in the same continuity. Also, Roger and Anita the dog owners' last name is to "Dearly", just like in the original novel and 1996 film.