Again" and "You're The One" music videos
Specs: Widescreen anamorphic, aspect ratio 1.66:1, English
Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, English DTS, French mono,
Type of disc: Dual Layer Format
a variety of reasons, mostly commercial, sequels to beloved
Disney classics are inevitable. And if you have children,
those sequels appearing in your home is a given. If we're
lucky, some artistic merit will seep in to these productions.
every direct-to-video sequel has carried a disclaimer, "thanks
to the artists and animators involved in the original film,
without whose inspiration this would not have been possible."
(I may be paraphrasing.) It's a nice sentiment, but annoying
when the sequel has missed everything that made the original
it's with relief that I can say the ultimate baby boomer
Disney classic, 101 Dalmatians, has been treated
with respect. In order to create 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's
London Adventure, Disney's television animation arm
has made a My Favorite Year for kiddies, and it works.
it does have one glaring trivia mistake, which should be
brought out upfront, and then never spoken of again. The
101 Dalmatians of the title includes Pongo and Perdita,
the adult dogs. But early on in the sequel, Pongo counts
his puppies (more than once) and comes up with 101, not
99. So the writers actually have 103 dalmatians. Pardon
me while I re-apply masking tape to the bridge of my glasses.
all other ways, this home video release riffs nicely off
of ideas from the original.
place shortly after the events of the first film, the dogs'
human masters are preparing to leave their London brownstone
for a place in the country, their "Dalmatian plantation."
The scheduled date for their move coincides with a London
promotional appearance by Thunderbolt, the wonder dog whose
TV adventures mesmerized the puppies in the first film.
by Kanine Krunchies, the appearance coincides with the chance
for a dog to guest-star with Thunderbolt, and one starry-eyed
Dalmatian puppy, Patch, would do anything for that chance.
Faster than Patch can slap his face and call himself Macauley
Culkin, he finds himself home alone, and able to make that
course, Thunderbolt (Barry Bostwick) is not the hero Patch
thinks he is. In fact, he's pretty much every shallow actor
who ever found success as a TV hero. A bit selfish and vain,
he has made his TV sidekick Lightning (Jason Alexander)
into an offstage Iago, ready to have Thunderbolt killed
off in the show, and if it has to happen in real life, too,
so be it.
DeVille and the Badun brothers appear, too, crossing paths
with a beatnik artist named Lars (Martin Short), obsessed
with spots. With such an obsession, it only stands to reason
that we have another puppy-napping, and that only the disillusioned
Patch and a reality-crushed Thunderbolt can save the day.
not exactly a story we were all dying to see, Patch's
London Adventure plays pretty well. Where it earns respect,
however, is in its design.
the team putting this together studied the original, and
even new characters look like they could have been in the
first film. This may not seem like a great feat, but too
many of these sequels have been populated with a generic
TV character look, painful when so many Disney films have
distinctive character design.
also eschewed the '90's updating that the characters got
for a short-lived ABC series, staying with the 1961 design.
This seemingly small detail shows a respect that goes a
long way to mollifying purists. And heck, it just might
show kids a thing or two about the art of animation.
still about the money, of course, but it's nice when Disney
tries to actually give us something in return.
Dalmatians II - Patch's London Adventure