April 5, 2001 |
The Walt Disney comedy "102 Dalmatians" received mediocre reviews when it wasreleased last November and did just middling at the box office. Nevertheless, the DVD ($30) is enjoyable fun, thanks to several entertaining featurettes and lively audio commentary from the director and three animal trainers.
November 27, 2000 |
Even with the combined debuts of "102 Dalmatians" and "Unbreakable," the unstoppable "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas" ran away with the record-breaking Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Imagine Entertainment production soared past the $100-million mark in its eighth day of release, which no other film released outside of summer has ever done. The total after 10 days is a staggering $137.4 million.
November 22, 2000 |
"102 Dalmatians" is 101 too many, but that's not likely to deter anyone who enjoyed the 1996 "101 Dalmatians," which in turn was a lavish live-action remake of Disney's much-loved 1961 animated classic. Still, you can't help but feel that Disney has delivered a turkey for Thanksgiving. If sets and costumes were everything, this even more lavish sequel and the 1996 film would have it made.
November 19, 2000
Re "She's Just Playing De Vil's Advocate" (by Paul Lieberman, Nov. 12): Were Glenn Close truly concerned about animals, she would have assumed the responsibility of speaking out against the unnecessary and cruel euthanasia of thousands of Dalmatians returned to local animal shelters after the release of Disney's "101 Dalmatians" in 1996, a situation that I anticipate will repeat itself with "102 Dalmatians." We in the humane community are struggling to educate people on the need to make an intelligent and informed decision when it comes to choosing a pet. Since 1996, the popularity of "101 Dalmatians" and Disney's unrelenting merchandising of "Dalmatians"-inspired products have caused too many people to rashly adopt Dalmatian puppies, only to relinquish them to the nation's animal shelters.
November 12, 2000 |
When word comes that Glenn Close has a new puppy in her life--her real life as opposed to her reel life--you can't help hoping that she'll have it with her, and not because you need reassurance that she isn't, in fact, a dog skinner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2000
Re "102 Ways to Be Responsible," Sept. 3. As an employee of an animal shelter in Los Angeles, I can say from experience that after the movie "102 Dalmatians" is released there will likely be thousands of Dalmatians abandoned over the following year or two. The real problem is not that Disney is making a cute movie about dogs, it is that the public is impulsive and irresponsible. Dalmatians, like any other pet, are a time-consuming responsibility that costs money and patience. Before you run out and get a dog, cat or any other animal, ask yourself if you are prepared for the inconveniences that come with it. Be realistic.