Evil Cruella de Vil is out of jail and on the prowl in this live-action sequel, and Dalmatian pup Oddball, the wisecracking Rottweiler wannabe Waddlesworth and their furry crew are determined to stay out of her clutches.
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- Kevin Lima
- 2001 Academy Award®
- Best Costume Design nominee
Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: DTS 5.1 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; region 1 encoding; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary by director Kevin Lima and animal coordinator Gary Gero; three behind-the-scenes featurettes; deleted scenes; music video featuring puppy auditions, outtakes, and scenes from the film; theatrical trailer; the care and feeding of a Dalmatian, narrated by Waddlesworth; THX-certified; additional DVD-ROM features; closed captioned.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that 102 Dalmatians is the sequel to the live-action 101 Dalmatians released in 2000, and it has a good many scenes of comic jeopardy to both dogs and humans. Kids who are comfortable with larger-than-life danger, cackling villains, and puppies being stuffed into burlap bags (all accompanied by suspenseful music) should have no problem discerning that nothing is real. But for younger or more sensitive little ones, it could be scary. The central story involves Cruella De Vil's attempts to dognap puppies, kill them, and make a fur coat out of their pelts. She's an iconic villain and there's no end to the absurd mayhem she and her partners-in-crime cause. A few scenes show Cruella smoking; she proposes a toast with a silver goblet; celebratory champagne is poured on another occasion.
- Sexual Content
- One shot of a model in a fur bikini. A young couple falls in love, share a few chaste kisses.
- Almost nonstop exaggerated, cartoon-style action. Puppies, as well as adult dogs, are frequently on the brink of disaster: falling from high places, jumping onto a moving train, threatened with knives, carried away on balloons, etc. Humans are crushed, pummeled, drowned in cake batter, sent into a fiery oven, bitten by dogs, run over, thrown through windows, fall into a toilet, and more. Villains shriek, cackle, grimace, and threaten, with their scary faces often seen in close-up.
- Lots of insults like "idiot," and "bird-brain." One use of "hell."
- Social Behavior
- Actions speak louder than words -- just bragging about having learned a lesson is worthless unless behavior backs up the pronouncements. Be careful with trust; it's a precious gift and not to be given carelessly. There is a distinctly negative view of furriers and the fur trade.
- Scenes are set on The Orient Express. There are multiple Disney trailers on the DVD, including an invitation to join a Disney rewards program.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Cruella uses her dramatic cigarette holder and smokes in several scenes. There is a toast, and champagne is poured.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it