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Archive for September 1, 2012

Ranking Disney: #13 – 101 Dalmatians (1961)

I know it’s a classic, but on top of that, One Hundred and One Dalmatians (spell it like that. You spell it the other way and you’re talking about the live action version with Glenn Close and Jeff Daniels) is actually a deceptively amazing movie.

I say that because — everyone knows it’s good. But when you watch it, you see just how good it is. There are some amazing moments in the film that are so different from typical Disney. There are barely any songs in the film, which is a rarity for them, but more importantly — there are some tense moments here. I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen Disney deal with suspense before this. There’s that scene near the end, where the puppies are hiding in the town, before they cover themselves in coal, and Cruella is driving by, looking in all the windows — that’s fucking scary, that moment.

And the film — it doesn’t feel like there are a lot of classic moments in it, but, when you watch the entire film, you do get a really great film.

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Pic of the Day: Pic of the Day: ♫ “Toot Toot Tootsie, goodbye / Toot Toot Tootsie, don’t cry / That choo-choo train / That takes me / Away from you / You don’t know / Just how sad it makes me.” ♫

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