By peoplestaff225
September 09, 2008 05:00 PM

Earlier this year, Disney re-released the classic 101 Dalmatians and now they’re bringing back the modern sequels that followed on September 16th. If your kids are under 5, there’s a chance they’ve never seen these three films: one animated, 101 DALMATIANS II: Patch’s London Adventure Special Edition, and two live action, 101 DALMATIANS, and 102 DALMATIANS.

Click below for the rest of Danielle’s review!

Before I begin… Sequels are, as a rule, rarely as good as the original. That said,kids are less picky than adults about entertainment! Once your kid issold on a character or franchise, they will most likely be excited byanything involving that character. Case in point: Anya loves Cinderellaand is attracted to anything that even resembles a princess, such asTinker Bell (at Target the other day, I showed her a junky Tinkerbellnecklace from their dollar section and she exclaimed, "Oh mygosh!!!!"). Also, while it’s a familiar character to a child, it’s anew movie for you. We went through a stage where Anya insisted onwatching 101 Dalmatians every single day. As an adult, unless you’redoing something else while you’re watching with them, you will probablylose your mind watching the same thing over and over and over again.Thus, sequels are actually a parent’s best friend. New dialogue, newstory, new DVD to rotate into your collection.

Now for the synopses:

The original: 101 DALMATIANS (1961)
Adorabledalmatian Pongo, who lives with his human pet Roger, plays matchmakerand finds a mate for himself in the process. Soon, Pongo, his wifePerdita, Roger and his wife Anita, find their litter enlarged by 15puppies but Anita’s fur-loving old schoolmate dognaps the puppies toturn them into a coat. Adventure ensues as Pongo and Perdita enlistother dogs and rescue their puppies. Be warned: if you have a dalmatianand/or wear fur, you may have some explaining to do.

The sequel: 101 DALMATIANS II: Patch’s London Adventure Special Edition (2003)
Pongo,Perdita and their puppies are back. The feisty Patch wants to bespecial but feels lost. His dreams of being a hero like his TV idol,Thunderbolt, come true when his brothers and sisters are kidnapped andPatch is the only one who can save them from Cruella De Vil!

The live action version: 101 DALMATIANS (1996)
Theclassic puppy tale comes alive in this version, which may be scarierfor little ones (though it is still G-rated). Glenn Close stars as thearchetypal villainess, Cruella de Vil, with Jeff Daniels and JoelyRIchardson as the human "pets," and Joan Plowright and Hugh Laurie insupporting roles.

The sequel to the live action version: 102 DALMATIANS (2000)
Inthis live action sequel, Oddball, an all white Dalmatian puppy insearch of her spots, and Waddlesworth (voiced by Eric Idle), awisecracking macaw who thinks he’s a Rottweiler, leads a posse ofpuppies on a mission to outfox Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close again) whohas been released from jail.

— Danielle