101 Dalmatians is a lot of dogs! Disney’s movie featuring the little spotted mutts was released in 1961 and was based on the 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. It was the 17th feature-length animated film from the mouse… about dogs… with other animals in it as well. Even a cat!
Was there a lot of merchandise for the movie? Yes. Yes there was:
And there still is, oh so many years after it’s initial release. For example, we have this very well done ornament from Hallmark featuring the classic car that the villain of the movie drove. Recklessly. But she did drive it!
As I’ve said before, I’m not a holiday kind of guy, so I buy these ornaments only when they don’t feature a direct link to Christmas. If they simply depict a character or prop from the Disney franchises, then they make excellent display pieces all year round.
So what kind of a car is it? We don’t know, as Disney can’t use a particular model without paying for the licensing to an auto manufacturer. That’s why Lightning McQueen of CARS fame looks like a Corvette, kind of, but he isn’t one! So cartoon cars will always be somewhat familiar but not close enough to any specific brand to elicit a law suit.
That said, does anyone else see the similarity between ‘Cruella De Ville’ and ‘Coupe De Ville’?
If you’d like to see a real car that could very well be the one driven by Cruella De Ville if she were real, check out my post entitled Could This Be Cruella De Ville’s Real Car? It touches on some models of vehicles that were believed to be inspiration for the animated version.