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Release Date: October 01, 1996

Starring: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright

Genre: Comedy

Audience: All ages

Rating: PG

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(CC, B, C, L, V, A, D, PC, M) Christian worldview upholding moral principles, good triumphing over evil, marriage, Jesus, & salvation; 2 exclamations of "Oh God;" slapstick violence including pratfalls, falls into slop in a barnyard, electric shock on a farm fence, falling through ice, getting hit by exhaust, & other slapstick situations; drinking by the bad guys; smoking by the villain is rebuked; and, an indication that animals are intelligent beings, subtle animal rights message, & some animal potty jokes.

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101 DALMATIANS pushes all the right emotional buttons while upholding marriage and the sanctity of human life, as well as a high regard for animal life. Set in London, 101 DALMATIANS tells a familiar story, about two well-rounded singles who get together through their Dalmatians, only to have them stolen by Cruella DeVil. With some mild slapstick violence, it is a movie the whole family can enjoy.

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101 DALMATIANS is adorable. This live action version of Disney's classic animated movie pushes all the right emotional buttons while upholding marriage and the sanctity of human life, as well as a high regard for animal life. Set in London, 101 DALMATIANS tells about two well-rounded singles who get together through their Dalmatians. Or rather, their Dalmatians drag them together. When they realize that their Dalmatians are in love, they know they can't separate them, so they get married. Soon, both the human and the Dalmatian family are pregnant. Anita the wife, is a dress designer for Cruella DeVil. When Cruella sees Anita's drawings and a picture of Anita's Dalmatian, Cruella realizes she wants a Dalmatian skin dress. Therefore, she sets out to capture not only Anita's dogs' puppies, but a total of 99 puppies to produce this dress.

This is an adorable, fast-paced movie. We could quibble with the slapstick violence but it is much less than most live action children's fare. We could quibble with the overly intelligent animals, but they don't talk. This is clearly a fairy tale, with a beautiful church scene and bungling burglars who say that they are saved and thank God when the police finally catch them. This is one that the whole family can enjoy.

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