Hundred and one Dalmatians

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Hundred and One Dalmatians is the German title of a 1956 book by Dodie Smith ( original title: ( English ) "The Hundred and One Dalmatians, or the Great Dog Robbery" ). The story told in it achieved worldwide fame in the book version modified by Walt Disney as well as through comics based on it and various film adaptations or as a television series. The first and so far only German-language edition in the translation by Wilhelm Höck with drawings by Jochen Bartsch was published in 1958 by Süddeutscher Verlag , Munich .

Original content

The main characters in the original book are the Dalmatian couple Pongo ( named after the author's dog ) and Missis Pongo with their newly married owners Mr. and Mrs. Dearly and the female Dalmatian Perdita. A school friend of Mrs. Dearly, the extravagant Cruella de Vil, in her desire to get a coat made of Dalmatian fur, lets u. a. steal the first litter of 15 puppies. Then the search for Pongo and Missis Pongo, interspersed with all sorts of adventures, begins, to which the mother dog Perdita, who is also looking for her offspring, later joins.

The title number "101" is only mentioned in a subchapter in this version.

Disney version

The version filmed by the Walt Disney Company ( and so better known ) starts earlier ( before the marriage of the dogs and the dog owners ) and is somewhat simplified in the plot , since the characters of Missis Pongo and Perdita merge into the character Perdita, who marries Pongo . The rest of the sequence is essentially comparable; here, too, the evil Cruella de Vil and the poor intelligence of the people involved are characteristic.


  • Dodie Smith: Hundred and One Dalmatians. (From the English by Wilhelm Höck, drawing by Jochen Bartsch). Süddeutscher Verlag, Munich 1958.

Disney version

Film adaptations

  • 1961: 101 Dalmatians ( English "One Hundred and One Dalmatians", animation )
  • 1996: 101 Dalmatians ( English "101 Dalmatians", feature film )


Television series

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