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101 Dalmations (1961)

January 21st, 2009 by Anne Richardson · No Comments · 1960's, Oregon animator, Oregon composer, Oregon film, Oregon film new definition, Videos

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.

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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.

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