Mel Leven wrote the songs in this film, including the immortal “Cruella DeVille”, but it was Oregonian George Bruns who wrote all the rest of the jazzy soundtrack. Music plays a large role in 101 Dalmations – Roger, Pongo’s human pet, is a song writer.
Second Oregon connection: Marc Davis, building on his experience designing Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty, was the directing animator for the terrifying pup stealing villainess, Cruella DeVil.
Matt Groening has cited 101 Dalmations as a crucial influence, singling it out in one interview as the film which inspired him to become an animator. In a way, it makes sense. One of the jobs Matt Groening held before his breakthrough with The Simpsons was music critic for the Los Angeles Reader.
I hereby claim 101 Dalmations as an Oregon film, on the basis of the contributions made by Marc Davis and George Bruns.