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    • by locolady

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      Cruella strikes again! Ably played by Glenn Close, Cruella de Vil is released from rehab where she was sent at the end of the original 101 Dalmatians movie which preceded this one. She is supposedly completely cured of her fur-fettish - especially the one involving spots! To show how well the cure has worked she even volunteers at a local animal shelter - which is under the threat of closure.

      Seen shampooing and running a beauty parlour for stray dogs at the shelter, there would of course not be another story here if the cure were to have worked in its entirity. Big Ben in Westminster, London is Cruella’s undoing and soon she is plotting along with her old friend - the totally

      nutty and demented Monsieur Le Pelt (played brilliantly by Gerard Depardieu) to steel enough “poopies” (as Le Pelt pronounces it) to have a wonderful dalmatian fur coat made at a sweat shop in Paris.

      The human characters are very well played, but there are two animal heroes in this film, Waddlesworth the parrot (who is convinced he’s a rottwieler) and Oddball the dalmatian puppy born without any spots who simply upstage the humans and are the focus of attention throughout.

      Waddlesworth is voiced by Eric Idle which adds a special comedy to the character, and bless Oddball, she so desperately wants spots like her brothers and sisters that at one point the intelligent pup even tries to photocopy some onto herself!

      These two unlikely friends ...

      • lead the humans across the channel and through Paris to where all the “poopies” have been hidden pending their fate at the fur factory. The climax of the film is one of the funniest things that I have seen recently and needless to say Cruella gets her just deserts.

        The chase across the channel is well shot - but for one exception. Cruella and Le Pelt are escaping to France aboard the Orient Express. Waddlesworth and Oddball are filmed jumping on board a train headed by the world famous Flying Scotsman steam locomotive. Minutes later we are shown a shot of the Orient Express steaming through the countryside - with a totally different engine on the front! It would seem that the continuity

        guys failed to do their job on that occassion - or did they think that no one would be sharp eyed enough to spot that error?

        Other than that the movie is very entertaining. Eric Idle (Waddlesworth) has some great one-liners and we get to see more of Tim McInnery as Alonzo, Cruellas long suffering chauffeur. I give full marks to the animal trainers too esepecially for the sequence at the end, so good I’m still grinning as I write.

        Naturally as with all movies of this nature, there is a happy ending. The animal shelter is saved and Oddball gets her spots - amongst other feel good factors.

        A modern film from the Disney stable of success, well worked to appeal to adults and children alike.

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