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What the What? Eight Fun Facts About 101 Dalmatians That Will Have You Seeing Spots!

Released on February 10, 2015, the diamond edition of Walt Disney’s 101 Dalmatians is truly a gem, both for its endearing story as well as the fascinating tidbits behind the tale. Here are eight fun facts about the film that are fun and fascinating!

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1. 101 Dalmatians was the first Disney film to be set in a contemporary setting. Those old-timey cars may look like ancient times, but everything in the production adheres to the early 1960s.

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2. The movie is based on a book by author Dodie Smith of the same name. Smith wrote a follow-up to the delightful tale entitled The Starlight Barking.

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3. Only five of the puppies are actually named in the film: Lucky, Patch, Polly, Penny, and Freckles.

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4. Jock, Peg, and Bull–lovable canines from The Lady and the Tramp–all appear in 101 Dalmations Twilight Bark scene.

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5. In Smith’s book, the matriarch of the canine clan was known as Missis. We think Perdita is far more fun!

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6. Total number of spots per character? Pongo sports the most with 72, Perdita follows close behind with 68, and each of the pups features 32.

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7. Due to a goof during the final production process, the closing scene of the film features at least 150 dalmatians. Go ahead, try to count them!

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8. Grand total of spots that appear in the film? 6,469,952. We were surprised, too.

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Lydia Lee lives in Seattle with two sweet, if slightly out of control, dogs. She loves reading, food, and the opportunity to make a difference.