On This Day In Disney History- January 25

A Day In Disney History: 101 Dalmatians


On this day; January 25 in the year 1961 Disney released its 17th animated film: 101 Dalmatians! 101 Dalmatians is a movie based on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. This movie proved to be a success in many ways for Disney Animation. It was the first film to be created using only the Xerox process (we will go into this more later), it pulled Disney Animation out of a slump after Sleeping Beauty, and it performed well at the box office. With only a $4 million budget it brought in over $200 million at the box office!

The reason the Xerox process was so important for this film is because it significantly cut production costs while rejuvenating the whole animation process. Pre Xerography all drawings had to be hand painted, drawn and transferred, however once Xerox technology  was introduced animators drawings were scanned directly onto the cell. Fun fact: After Sleeping Beauty didn’t perform well at the box office Roy Disney (Walt’s brother) suggested shutting the whole animation studio down. Thankfully the Xerox process saved Disney Animation and made way for films like Frozen to be created.

The Quickest 101 Dalmatian Synopsis You’ll Ever Read:

101 Dalmatians tells the story of a litter of [15] dalmatian puppies who are kidnapped by an evil villain woman named Cruella de Vil who wants to use their fur to make coats. The puppies parents, Pongo and Perdita, set out on a journey to save their puppies from Cruella. On top of rescuing their own children they find 84 additional puppies that Cruella bought. With Pongo and Perdita’s, their 15 puppies, and the 84 other puppies there is a total of 101 Dalmatians.

This movie is a Disney classic. Not only did Walt Disney himself produce it (one of the last films he would ever work on), it was released in theaters 4 different times, one of which was the 20th highest earning domestic film of the year, and in 1996 it was made into a live action film.


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