101 Dalmatians

I tried to watch “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” during the night, but I fell asleep.  I watched “101 Dalmatians” on Blu-ray.  It followed the flop of “Sleeping Beauty,” and so there were cost-cutting measure in the production, which shows up in the unchanging scenery.  The movie still looks very good in high definition.  Rod Taylor is one of the recognizable voices, as he was in “The Time Machine” and “The Birds.”  The story has the typical Disney element of the adults being oblivious to what is really going on.  Instead of children knowing everything, it’s the dogs.  There is a bit of Lassie in the whole rescue concept.  The river seemed impossible for two dogs to cross with the strong current and the icy cold.  Cruella DeVille was one of the scariest women ever in a Disney movie.  She sure had a menacing and frightening voice, and the notion of turning dogs into a fur coat was sickening and not just eccentric.  She slapped the dognappers.  I don’t know why they had that big cake to eat, other than to have one of them fall on his face into it.  One of those stupid puppies was addicted to television, which seemed like one of those commentaries on how dangerous watching too much television was.  It is still amusing to hear the dogs refer to humans as pets.  I could not believe that Roger was capable of writing a hit song.  He seemed to have less talent than Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty in “Ishtar.”  How could a starving songwriter afford a maid?  I first saw this movie in its rerelease in 1985, which was a few years before “The Little Mermaid.”  That movie and “Beauty and the Beast” now make “101 Dalmatians” look like an old movie.  The running time is only 79 minutes, but I’m glad that it didn’t go on for much longer.  It had only two songs in it.  I guess there weren’t too many places to insert music into a story that turned dark.  The scene with the cows giving the puppies milk offended some people back in 1961.  The movie turned out to the be biggest movie in 1961.  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for April 9, “West Side Story” won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1962.  In 1976, Phil Ochs committed suicide at age 35 by hanging himself in his sister’s home in Far Rockaway, New York.  In 1984, the Best Picture Oscar winner was “Terms of Endearment.”  In 1988, Brook Benton died of pneumonia at age 56.

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