102 Dalmatians is a 2000 live-action film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures and starring Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil. It is the sequel to 101 Dalmatians, a live-action remake of the 1961 Disney animated feature of the same name. In the film, Cruella de Vil attempts to steal puppies for her "grandest" fur coat yet. Glenn Close and Tim McInnerny were the only actors from the first film to return for the sequel. The film was released on VHS and DVD on April 3, 2001, and re-released on DVD on September 16, 2008.
After three years in prison, Cruella de Vil has been cured of her lust for fur coats by Dr. Pavlov, through a process that turns predators and prey into best friends and is released on parole on the proviso she will have to pay eight million pounds to all dogs' homes in the borough (sic) of Westminster shall she ever revert back into dognapping. Cruella, now "Ella", rids herself of her old fur coats and the drawing of her in a Dalmatian puppy coat, and regularly meets with Chloe Simon. However, the process is reversed when the subjects hear the chimes of Big Ben, Dr. Pavlov decides to never tell anyone about this one liability; soon, Cruella begins to feel the urges after hearing Big Ben, and when she sees Dipstick and his puppies Domino, Little Dipper, and Oddball, she devises a plan to get the ultimate fur coat.
She sends her servant Alonzo to find a few puppies as she hires Jean-Pierre LePelt to help her capture 102 puppies. The trio create a scheme to set up Kevin Shepherd, the owner of the animal shelter where Cruella spent her community service (and which is the only one in the borough, which allowed Cruella to trick the authorities to think he stole the puppies to frame her and collect the money), as a scapegoat for the police to investigate so Cruella and company can get all the puppies she needs for her coat. However, Kevin soon escapes from prison, and meets up with Chloe, to hear that Cruella and her henchmen are headed to Paris. But they are soon captured by Cruella and imprisoned in her fur factory.
Cruella forgot one dalmatian, Oddball, because she was born without any spots. Oddball manages to rescue her family and all the other puppies kidnapped by Cruella. With Alonzo being a good guy, she also has Cruella turned into a massive cake and LePelt arrested thereby saving the day. This happy story ends when Oddball gets her first spots, the shelter gets Cruella's money, and everyone celebrates.
- Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil
- Ioan Gruffudd as Kevin Shepherd
- Alice Evans as Chloe Simon
- Tim McInnerny as Alonzo
- David Horovitch as Dr. Pavlov
- Ian Richardson as Mr. Torte
- Gérard Depardieu as Jean Pierre Le Pelt
- Eric Idle as Waddlesworth (voice)
- Carol MacReady as Agnes
The early working title was 101 Dalmatians Returns. Production began in December 1998 through January 1999 to mid November/December 1999. The film was set to be released on June 30, 2000 but was pushed back to November 22, 2000. Oxford Prison was used for the scene as Cruella walked out of prison. 102 Dalmatians was filmed partially in Paris.
The film opened at the third position behind M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The film did well at the box office, earning $66,957,026 in the U.S. and $116,654,745 overseas, bringing its total to $183,611,771 worldwide. However, this is considerably less than the first film which earned $320,689,294 worldwide.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "102 Dalmatians (2000)". Boxofficemojo.com. 2001-04-10. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090215180144/http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=102dalmatians.htm. Retrieved 2009-02-20.
- ↑ "Upcoming Cover Art - The Ultimate Guide to Disney DVD". Ultimatedisney.com. 2003-03-29. Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090210165810/http://ultimatedisney.com/coverart.html. Retrieved 2009-02-20.