Creative director(s) Jumbo Pictures
Final episode date 4 March 1998
Also known as 101 Dalmatians
Written by Jim Jinkins
First episode date 13 September 1997
|Developed by Jim JinkinsDavid Campbell|
Directed by Victor CookKen BoyerRick Schneider-Calabash
Networks American Broadcasting Company, Toon Disney
Cast Tara Strong, Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker, Kath Soucie, Jim Cummings
101 dalmatians the series intro
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 intro
- Main characters
- Supporting characters
- Continuity issues
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.
Not much merchandise has been made of this series unlike other Disney series, the only ones being:
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.