My opinion right after watching movie
My opinion right after the film is that it is one of the better films in the canon. Sure, there is a lot of rehashing from the first film, and there is not a lot of character development, but there was some effort put into it, and the way the plot was handled was generally great, at least for DisneyToon standards.
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The film starts with the family preparing to move out of their townhouse, and to move into their Dalmatian Plantation, where they are all singing and dancing their way to the moving truck, but one puppy named Patch (Bobby Lockwood) gets left behind. I forgot to mention that beforehand, the entire family was watching the Thunderbolt (Barry Bostwick) show, and hears about a chance to audition to be on the show, which Patch is excited by, since he sees Thunderbolt as a role model.
Patch goes to the audition,but is laughed at by everyone after he tries out, since they found his bark to be extremely weak. Thunderbolt’s sidekick Lil’ Lightning (Jason Alexander) lies about the reason for the audition, and tells him that it is so they can replace him with a younger dog, since the writers are going to kill him off. Thunderbolt is extremely saddened, and follows Lil’ Lightning’s advice to go out in the real world, and do something heroic, so he can make it into the papers, and continue his contract. Patch and Thunderbolt ends up bumping into one another, and because the former is such a superfan of the show, and the latter knows nothing other than reading a script, he has him train him to be a hero.
Lars continues to paint for Cruella, whose obsession with spots grow at an erratic rate, and continues to be unimpressed with his paintings. I have to say that I like how they set up the story so far, though we barely get any focus on the characters from the first film. We get a short montage of Thunderbolt’s training to be a hero, and Cruella’s dissatisfaction with the art.
Cruella decides that it is time to bail out her nincompoops Jasper (Jeff Bennett) and Horace (Maurice LaMarche) from jail, so she can have them kidnap the dogs…. AGAIN. ARE YOU SERIOUS? You think they are going to be creative with the film, but they completely rehash a huge plot element of the last film. Lazy. Anyways, the Dalmatians realize that one of them is missing, but when Jasper and Horace bait the dogs with dog food in a truck, they take all of the dogs. She wants the dogs to be killed, so Lars can use the dogs as a canvas, but when he refuses, she has him gagged and tied, instead changing her mind, and having them be killed, so she can make a coat… AGAIN. COME ON WRITERS. DO BETTER.
Everything is rehashed, even form the dog call to report that they are missing. Patch hears this, and him and Thunderbolt decide to save the dogs to get on the paper. Lil Lightning ends up showing up right in time (he wants to sabotage them), and right as they break into Cruella’s shack, she knocks him out, and takes Patch, thanking him for helping her find his siblings (he was on the newspaper from his audition).
Anyways, they soon forgive one another, and escape the hut. Cruella and crew soon realize that they are missing, and take the truck to drive across London to capture them. We get the usual and drawn out chase, and Cruella ends up getting arrested again. Whoopty doo. Lightning ends up getting arrested somehow, the puppies are in the paper again and found, and Thunderbolt gets his job back.
The characters in this film are not impressive whatsoever.
When it comes to the animation, there is definitely a cheap feeling to it, especially when it comes to the shapes of the characters and the backgrounds. The bold colors and outlines does make the film stand out a bit more, and gives it an entirely vibrant feeling to it.
The music is decent enough I guess. I do not remember anything standing out whatsoever. I can barely explain words to describe the music in the film.
Reception at Release
The film was released on January 21, 2003, Apparently there is a bunch of mixed reviews on the film, which says a lot, since there is mostly negative reviews on most of the films in the canon.
I honestly do not recall many people speaking about this film today, so it is one of the more forgettable outcomes in the canon.
26.5/40 = 66%