Film Review: 101 Dalmations II: Patch’s London Adventure

Posted on by 5WC in Film

At the end of last year I reacquainted myself with the ageless charm of the original animated version of 101 Dalmatians. A film, that while slightly dated and simplistic, has a lovable quality and nostalgic familiarity to it, and thanks to the wonders of special edition box sets, I still had the potentially difficult second album, 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure, ready and waiting to continue the story.

Coming, over 40 years after the original, there is a real risk that the films will struggle to connect to one and other, but thankfully, there is enough similarity in the style of the drawings that everything ties together. Visually, Patch is as wonderfully dated as his father. You once again get the rough squareness, the free-form style of drawing that encapsulates you so much with the original and while the animation may be a little bit smoother, losing some of the “flick book” qualities of it’s predecessor, it didn’t take long for the film to drag me back into that earlier world and make me feel like I was about to watch an extension to the original tale, rather than a stand alone story. Read more