101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure

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101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure
File:101 Dalmations II.JPG
The DVD Cover
Directed byJim Kammerud
Brian Smith
Produced byCarolyn Bates
Leslie Hough
Written byGarrett K. Schiff
Jim Kammerud
Brian Smith
StarringBarry Bostwick
Jason Alexander
Martin Short
Susanne Blakeslee
Kath Soucie
Jeff Bennett
Jim Cummings
Bobby Lockwood
Music byRichard Gibbs
Edited byRobert S. Birchard
Distributed byWalt Disney Home Entertainment
Release date
January 21, 2003
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure is a direct-to-video sequel to the animated Disney film One Hundred and One Dalmatians, starring the voices of Martin Short, Jason Alexander, and Barry Bostwick. It was released on January 21, 2003 and 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

Roger, Anita, and their canine Clan are packing for the big move to Dalmatian Plantation, a home in the country with plenty of room for the 101 pups and far from the clutches of Cruella de Vil. The feistiest pup, Patch, feels lost in a sea of spots and longs to be a one-of-a-kind wonder dog like his TV hero, Thunderbolt. While watching the Thunderbolt Adventure Hour, Patch hears about a chance to appear on the show while it's filming in London. However, the family move will interfere with Patch's opportunity - until he's accidentally left behind in the commotion. Patch heads for the audition to meet his hero and win a guest spot on the show, but is laughed off stage for his squeaky bark. Meanwhile, Thunderbolt's trusty sidekick, Lil' Lightning (Jason Alexander), tells Thunderbolt the producers want kill off his character and replace him with a younger dog. In order to save his job, Thunderbolt decides he will go into the real world and perform an act of true heroism to prove himself. A veritable reference book to Thunderbolt's many adventures, Patch provides the perfect guide for the TV star in his attempts at real-life heroics. As for Cruella - she's back and more obsessed with Dalmatians than ever. At first, she's able to calm her frenzy through an affiliation with a spot-fixated German artist named Lar. Meanwhile, Thunderbolt makes several attempts at 'heroism', telling Patch he is giving him a "Junior Deputy Test" and will let him on the show if he can pass. This "test" involves Patch unwittingly giving instructions on how Thunderbolt, who has no idea how to act without a script, should save the day. Back at Thunderbolt's trailer, Lightning's true nature is revealed. Fed up with being second best, he cons the producer, desperate and frantic over Thunderbolt going AWOL, into recasting him as the hero. Cruella soon discovers that Lars, despite his best efforts, is unable to recreate the look she desires. In order to inspire him, she begins hunting for the Dalmatian puppies, but is angry to find Anita's house empty. However, using a newspaper picture of Patch, she reads their new address off his collar. Meanwhile, Patch and Thunderbolt bond over their mutual fear of being 'just another dog' and Thunderbolt begins teaching the pup how to bark properly. The family finally becomes aware that Patch is missing as Cruella posts bail for her former cronies, Horace and Jasper and sends them to the farm to steal the remaining 98 puppies. Lars becomes enamoured with the pups and is inspired to paint, but Cruella announces that he going to make a masterpiece out of puppy fur. Lars refuses, but Cruella simply ties him up and goes back to her original plan of making a puppy fur coat. The imprisoned pups use the Twilight Bark to send an SOS, which is picked up by Patch and Thunderbolt, and the two set out to save Patch's family. Lightning is horrified when he discovers Thunderbolt might actually become a hero and hurries to the warehouse where the pups are being held. He convinces Thunderbolt not to use Patch's stealth plan but to openly attack. However Cruella shows up, knocks Thunderbolt out and locks the two in a cage. Lightning sneaks in and reveals that Thunderbolt is a fraud. Patch, is deeply hurt that Thunderbolt would lie, but soon realises that their current situation was covered in one of the TV episodes, and manages to escape. Patch releases his family, but Thunderbolt stays in his open cage. Horace and Jasper confess to Cruella the pups are missing, but Patch tricks the trio into going downstairs while the dogs escape via the roof and get onto a bus, which they accidentally start. Cruella follows in hot pursuit as they race through the streets of London, crashing through the filming of the new 'Lil' Lightning' show. Cruella finally corners the pups in an alley. Patch tries to hold off the trio as the others escape, but they are undaunted. Luckily, Thunderbolt arrives (having hitched a lift with Lars) and apologises to Patch, claiming he isn't a hero, but he can act like one. He fakes a heart attack, distracting Cruella (and managing to have her knock out Horace and Jasper) while the puppies escape before collapsing. Lightning bursts into tears at the sight of his 'dead' colleague as Patch puts the bus into reverse, forcing the four bad guys into the river. Patch and Thunderbolt survey the scene, both letting out deep, heroic barks. Lightning is arrested, along with Horace and Jasper, while Cruella, now driven completely insane, is sent to a mental institute. Pongo and Perdi arrive and tell Patch they are proud of him. Thunderbolt confesses that he is just an actor, but Patch is 'a real, one of a kind wonderdog'. A newspaper montage reveals the fates of the characters. Lars, using a painting Patch accidentally made by throwing paint at Horace and Jasper, finally receives credit for his 'genius'. Horace and Jasper open up a ladies' boutique with the motto: 'Fur Bad, Nylon Good'. Roger's new song 'Seeing Spots' becomes a smash hit, and Cruella is featured in an issue of 'The Institution'. A post credits scene shows Thunderbolt, with his new sidekick Patch, in his TV show, with the other pups serving as extras.

Characters

  • Bobby Lockwood as Patch :The main character, a small dalmatian puppy with a large black patch 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 : As the movie 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.
  • Jason Alexander' as Lil' Lightning :The Corgi of Thunderbolt's famous show, Thunderbolt's little sidekick. Eventually Lightning becomes angry at always crawling in Thunderbolt's shadow, and tricks the German Shepard into running away, then plotting 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 is over-powered and taken away by the pound.
  • Susan Blakeslee as Cruella de Vil :The villain of the original One Hundred and One Dalmatians, back once again to kidnap the puppies.
  • Martin Short as Lars :A stylish but rather strange artist who loves nothing 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 tied up.
  • 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, Perdita 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.
  • The Puppies :Patch's siblings. Voices are by Tara Strong (Two-Tone), Kasha Kropinski (Penny) and Bobby Lockwood (Patch).
  • Maurice LaMarche and Jeff Bennett as Horace and Jasper: Cruella's two henchmen.

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