ⓘ 101 Dalmatians: The Series
101 Dalmatians: The Series is an American 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 1, 1997, and the last episode airing on March 4, 1998.
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 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 dim-witted Dipstick, the constantly urinating Wizzer, the fashion-conscious diva Two-Tone, and the Sheepdog mix, Mooch, who serves as the farms 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 animated film and the live-action film, so the potential exists for other puppies from the films to appear, especially Freckles, Pepper, Jewel, and Fidget.
2.1. Characters Main
- Horace and Jasper voiced by David L. Lander and Michael McKean: Cruellas henchmen. They are usually hired to perform her plans, usually failing.
- Rolly voiced by Kath Soucie: 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. However, he is a cheerful and diligent sibling, especially when it comes to his incredible sense of smell.
- 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. Her main catchphrase in the series is "Memo to myself, whatever her current scheme is or sometimes her emotional state", uttered into her personal recording device. This often occurs more than once an episode. She also captured Lucky, Rolly and Cadpig in the first episode so she can get the Dearlys farm.
- 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.
- 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 shes also quite strong for her size. Roger had saved her young life when she was born.
- 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.
2.2. Characters Supporting
- Cornelia voiced by Tress MacNeille: Spots overprotective mother who wants her to behave like a chicken.
- 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 cow who lives on the Dearly Farm.
- Swamp Rat voiced by Jeff Bennett: A rat salesman who lives in the swamp.
- Mooch: voiced by Danny Cooksey: An adolescent Sheepdog mix who is the bully of the farm. He can be intimidating at times, but deep down he is very sensitive and nice.
- Duchess voiced by Marla Gibbs: A cow and a companion of Princess.
- Lieutenant Pug voiced by Jeff Bennett: One of the training officers of the Bark Brigade. He is paranoid about a potential feline invasion.
- Dumpling: voiced by Christine Cavanaugh Mayor Eds daughter who is in love with Lucky.
- Two-Tone voiced by Tara Strong: One of the Dalmatian puppies and Moochs former girlfriend and second-in-command. She is depicted as half black with white spots, and half white with black spots.
- Cydne voiced by Frank Welker: A snake who lives in the swamp and Swamp Rats other associate.
- 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 bike.
- Whizzer 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 who is part of Moochs gang.
- Mayor Ed Pig voiced by Jim Cummings: A pig who is also the mayor of the animals on the Dearly Farm.
- Tripod voiced by Toran Caudell: A male Dalmatian puppy who serves as Luckys friendly rival. He has spotted ears, a green headband and is missing his front left leg.
- Perdita voiced by Pam Dawber: The mother of the Dalmatians, and the wife of Pongo. She is mother to the fifteen puppies, and adoptive mother to eighty-four orphaned pups. She is Anitas beloved pet.
- Steven the alligator voiced by Frank Welker: Swamp Rats associate who is also fixated on eating Spot.
- Thunderbolt voiced by Frank Welker: A German Shepherd and Luckys favorite superhero.
- Captain voiced by Frank Welker: A horse on the Dearly Farm who is usually seen helping Nanny.
- Dipstick voiced by Thom Adcox-Hernandez: A male Dalmatian puppy who is the most dim-witted of Moochs gang.
- Sergeant Tibbs voiced by Jeff Bennett: A Tabby cat and trusted ally to the Colonel.
- The Colonel voiced by Jim Cummings: An Old English Sheepdog and commanding officer of the Bark Brigade.
- Lucy voiced by Paddi Edwards: A female goose who gets grumpy when the Dalmatians play in her pond at Hiccup Hole.
- Pongo voiced by Kevin Schon: The father of the fifteen puppies, adopted father of the eighty-four orphaned pups, and the husband of Perdita. He is Rogers devoted pet.
- Scorch voiced by Frank Welker: Cruellas pet ferret who has an appetite for Spot.
The show debuted in syndication on September 1, 1997, running episodes five days a week; this was the second season. Two weeks later, the first season aired on ABCs One Saturday Morning lineup. That season was originally going to air on ABC on September 6, 1997 but was delayed a week due to the untimely death of Princess Diana.
In total, 65 half-hour episodes with 105 episode segments were produced. The first season contained 12 episodes: 3 full-length episodes, and 9 that contained 2 segments each. Meanwhile, the second season contained 53 episodes: 22 full-length episodes, and 31 that contained 2 segments each. On March 4, 1998, the show aired its last episode with reruns continuing to play in syndication through August 28, 1998.
Reruns continued to play on ABC until 1999. Reruns of the show also aired on Disney Channel from 1998 to 1999 and Toon Disney from September 1998 to January 30, 2006. Toon Disney later reran four episodes in March 2007. As of today, the series has been off the air in most countries. It was syndicated on the United Kingdom channel Disney Cinemagic for quite a few years and was also aired on the Latin American version of Disney Channel during 2008, and then on January 2, 2010, Season 2 moved to RTE Two in the Republic of Ireland. The show has aired four times on Fridays at 4 a.m. on the Disney Junior block on the Disney Channel in early 2011.
On March 23, 2012, the show returned to television as a launch title for the Disney Junior channel, but only about half of the episodes aired, and most of the ones that did air were edited down this was most likely due to scenes that were dubbed inappropriate for preschoolers. On September 3, 2013, the series was removed from Disney Juniors lineup.
In June 2017, all the episodes became available on iTunes with the exception of one episode, which was banned from television in 2001 and is possibly now banned globally.
Not much merchandise has been made of this series unlike other Disney series, the only ones being:
- Dalmatian Vacation Video CD
- A Christmas Cruella VHS released October 6, 1998
- Surf Puppies CD
- Beanbag toys included with Sweethearts candy Caldor exclusive
- Dalmatian Vacation VHS and LaserDisc Japan only
- Curly straws from McDonalds restaurants located in Wal-Mart stores
- Car toys for McDonalds Happy Meals sold in January 1998
- Hide-and-Go-Seek at the Farm book
- Springtime Fun book
- Disney Channel branded keychains Japan only
- The Big Dig book
- Rare episode cels
- Cruella Returns book