101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure

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101 Dalmatians II:
Patch's London Adventure
101 Dalmatians II Patch's London Adventure cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by
Produced by
  • Carolyn Bates
  • Leslie Hough
Screenplay by
  • Jim Kammerud
  • Brian Smith
Story by
  • Jim Kammerud
  • Dan Root
  • Garrett K. Schiff
  • Brian Smith
Starring
Music by Richard Gibbs
Edited by
  • Robert S. Bichard
  • Ron Price
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date
  • January 21, 2003 (2003-01-21)
Running time
74 minutes
Country United States
Language English

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (also known as 101 Dalmatians: The Animated Sequel) is a 2003 American animated direct-to-video musical adventure comedy-drama film produced by DisneyToon Studios, and the sequel to the 1961 Disney animated film One Hundred and One Dalmatians. It was written and directed by Jim Kammerud and Brian Smith, and released by Walt Disney Home Entertainment on January 21, 2003, it features the voices of Bobby Lockwood, Barry Bostwick, Martin Short, Jason Alexander, Susanne Blakeslee, Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, and Jim Cummings. It garnered DVDX awards for best animated feature, best director, best editing, and best musical score. Disney re-released the film on September 16, 2008.[1]

Plot[edit]

The Radcliffe family and their 101 Dalmatians are preparing to move to their "Dalmatian Plantation", a home in the countryside with plenty of room for all of them. However, Patch, one of the puppies, feels ignored and wishes to be unique like his television hero, Thunderbolt. While watching The Thunderbolt Adventure Hour, he hears about a chance to appear on the show alongside Thunderbolt. Later, he is accidentally left behind when his family leaves for the plantation. Patch then decides to head for the audition event nearby to meet his hero and win a guest spot on the show, he fails to impress Thunderbolt and the producers, however; dejected by this, he leaves.

Meanwhile, Lil' Lightning, Thunderbolt's sidekick on the show who is jealous of his success, manipulates Thunderbolt into believing the audition event is actually a cover for the producers to find a dog they could replace him with, after Thunderbolt leaves to prove he is actually a hero and not just an actor, Lil' Lightning tricks the producers into making himself the hero of his own show. Thunderbolt eventually runs into Patch and realizes he is extremely knowledgeable about his heroic feats on the show, as a result, he appoints him as an advisor for when he tries to commit heroic acts in real life, though he unknowingly does more harm than good every time. All the while, Patch continues to believe Thunderbolt's escapades on the show are all real.

Elsewhere in London, Cruella de Vil is under probation and a restraining order for her past behavior, which no longer allows to maintain her old lifestyle. Despondent from this, she attempts to soothe her fixation on spots with the help of Lars, a French beatnik artist; in order to inspire him, she restarts her hunt for the Dalmatians, using a newspaper picture of Patch to find their new address. As Patch's family realizes he is missing and goes back to London to find him, Cruella bails out her former henchmen, Jasper and Horace, and sends them in a stolen dog food truck to steal the remaining puppies, they succeed after dealing with Nanny, and they take them to Lars. When Cruella requests making a new canvas out of their fur, Lars angrily refuses, not wanting them to be harmed. Angered, she has him bound and gagged, and returns to her original plan of making a Dalmatian fur coat.

The captured puppies use the Twilight Bark to send a distress signal, which is picked up by Patch and Thunderbolt, and they set out to save Patch's family, on the way, they encounter Lil' Lightning, who has learned about Thunderbolt's recent escapades. He follows them and convinces Thunderbolt not to use Patch's stealth plan, but to openly attack, as a result, Cruella knocks Thunderbolt unconscious and he and Patch are captured. Lil' Lightning sneaks into the building, reveals that Thunderbolt is a fraud, and tells him that there was never any recasting plan before fleeing.

Crushed by this revelation, and Thunderbolt telling him that he is really an actor, Patch falls into despair, but his siblings restore his spirit by reminding him that Thunderbolt escaped a similar predicament in an episode on his show. Patch breaks out and releases his family, but Thunderbolt remains behind out of shame, the Dalmatians escape through the building's roof, while Thunderbolt eventually decides to escape from his cage and free Lars. The puppies steal a double-decker bus, but Cruella, Jasper, and Horace discover the escape and pursue them in their stolen truck. A chase ensues through the streets of London; it crashes through the set of Lil' Lightning's new show in the process, and he is flown into the windshield.

Cruella, Jasper, and Horace corner the puppies in an alley. Patch tries to hold them off while the others escape, but they are undaunted. Thunderbolt arrives, having been driven to the scene by Lars, and fakes a heart attack; in the process, he gains Lil' Lightning's sympathy and makes Cruella, in her distraction, knock out Jasper and Horace and then incapacitate herself. Patch retreats back to the bus and puts it in reverse, sending Cruella, Jasper, Horace, and Lil' Lightning scrambling into the River Thames, along with their stolen truck, the police arrest Lil' Lightning, Jasper, and Horace while Cruella, now driven completely insane, is sent to a mental institute. Patch's parents, the Radcliffes, and Nanny all arrive and are introduced to Thunderbolt, they thank him, but he gives all of the credit to Patch.

In a post-credits scene, Patch stars as Thunderbolt's new sidekick in his show, while the other puppies are extras, the group chases the villain away into the sunset.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Bobby Lockwood as Patch, one of the 101 Dalmatian puppies. He has a large black spot over one of his eyes, hence his name, he feels lonely and left-out oftentimes with his family, thinking that he is just one of the famous 101 dalmatians, and longs for a chance to become separate and leave the shadow of his brothers and sisters. He is a good pup, very adventurous, bold, and strong-minded, he quickly befriends Thunderbolt, the famous TV wonder-dog whom he adores.
  • Barry Bostwick as Thunderbolt, the star of the Thunderbolt Adventure Hour show. As the film opens, it is shown that Thunderbolt is not exactly bright, and very self-centered and rude to his side-kick, Lil' Lightning, which eventually provokes the Corgi to revolt. When Thunderbolt runs away, tricked by Lightning that the director of his famous show plans to kill him off, he runs into Patch, and the two quickly bond, trying to do heroic feats to prove that Thunderbolt is a real hero, as the film progresses, Thunderbolt becomes a father-like figure to Patch, and loses his starry-eyed, naive ways to become a strong, brave, and faithful dog. Thunderbolt is a German Shepherd and his sidekick, Lil' Lightning, is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
  • Susan Blakeslee as Cruella de Vil, the villain of the original film, back again to kidnap the puppies.
  • Jason Alexander as Lil' Lightning, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi of Thunderbolt's famous show. He is initially portrayed as Thunderbolt's little sidekick. Eventually Lightning becomes angry at always crawling in Thunderbolt's shadow, and tricks the German Shepherd into running away, then plots to manipulate the director into re-writing the show slanted towards Lightning. When Thunderbolt and Patch return, endangering Lightning's chance at fame, he reveals himself to be the traitor he is and has the two dogs locked away; in the end, however, he taken away to the dog-pound.
  • Martin Short as Lars, a stylish but eccentric artist who enjoys little more than painting spots. It is suggested he had some romantic feelings towards Cruella De Vil, but when she captures the dalmatian puppies again and plans to break her rules of goodness and make coats out of them, he rebels (only to be bound and gagged by Cruella herself).
  • Samuel West as Pongo, father (and adopted father) of the 99 Dalmatian puppies. He is loving but distracted, something here that forces Patch to feel lonely and just one-hundred and one, instead of standing out.
  • Kath Soucie as Perdita, mother (and adopted mother) of the 99 Dalmatian puppies. She is a gentle, loving soul who only wants the best for her children (and adopted children), and is horrified to find her children missing once again.
  • Jeff Bennett and Maurice LaMarche as Jasper and Horace Badun, Cruella's bumbling henchmen. They are in jail when the film starts, and end up there again when it ends. Surprisingly, however, they part ways with Cruella after this second arrest, opening a shop in London instead of continuing their past occupation as incompetent criminals.
  • Tim Bentinck as Roger Radcliffe, Pongo's original owner.
  • Jodi Benson as Anita Radcliffe, Perdita's original owner.
  • Mary MacLeod as Nanny, the Radcliffe family's maid, who confronts the Baduns (again) when they attempt to steal the puppies a second time.
  • Ben Tibberas as Lucky, one of Patch's brothers.
  • Eli Russel Linnetz as Rolly
  • Kasha Kropinski as Penny, one of Patch's sisters.
  • Tara Strong as Two-Tone
  • Kathryn Beaumont as Crystal
  • Michael Lerner as Producer
  • Jim Cummings as Dirty Dawson

Release[edit]

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure was released directly-to-video on January 21, 2003. Bonus features on the DVD include the behind-the-scenes footage "Making of Dog-umentary", music videos "Try Again" by Will Young and "You're the One" by LMNT, and some games, the film was re-released on DVD on September 16, 2008.[2] It was released on Blu-ray on September 3, 2012 in the United Kingdom, along with the UK Blu-ray release of the original film. Finally, the film was released on Blu-ray in June 2015 in the United States, following the first HD Blu-ray release of its prequel.

Reception[edit]

The film received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes rating for it is currently 67% "fresh," based on 6 reviews and has an average rating of 5/10, but without a consensus.[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. "Seeing Spots"
  2. "Dalmatian Plantation"
  3. "The Thunderbolt Adventure Hour"
  4. "Canine Crunchies"
  5. "Cruella de Vil"
  6. "Try Again" (performed by Will Young)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cedeno, Kelvin. "101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure - Special Edition DVD Review". Ultimate Disney. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure: Special Edition". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ "101 Dalmatians II - Patch's London Adventure". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 17, 2012. 

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