101 DALMATIANS: Originally intended to be called "Dalmatians 101" it changed to "101 Dalmatians" (the series) just before its premiere. I the series opener "Home is Where the Bark is" the Dearlys (no longer called Radcliff as in the orginal animated film, but Dearly as they are in the original childrens book and in the Live Action version film), Roger and Anita, with Nanny, decide to move to the country where the 99 puppies will have room to grow and play (there wasn't enough space in their city brownstone apartment house in Topstown). The fact that the Widow Smedley's farm, which the Dearlys purchased, sits next to the De Vil Mansion didn't bode well for Cruella De Vil, its prime occupant. She's become a corporate criminal: needy and neurotic. Of course she no longer wants the Puppies' hides since it is not 'policially correct' to wear fur, but she definitely wants the Dearlys and the Dalmatians off the farm. To this end she has hired brothers Horace & Jasper Badun of "H & J Concepts." Cruella's pet ferret, Scorch has made it his business to terrorize the puppies himself. The show focuses primarily on three puppies: Lucky TV expert and leader and canine Tom Sawyer, loyal and scholarly brother Rolly and their outspoken New Age guru sister the runt Cadpig. They're joined by colorful friends like Spot, the girl chicken who wants to be a dog and a member of the "Bark Brigade." Early promotional material listed "dictatorial Penny and mischievous Patch" as two other puppy cast members, but the highlighted puppies have widdled down to three. Other puppies appearing in the show have included the brave three-legged Tripod, Duke, Wizzer and their sister Two-tone. The show seems to be a blending of both movies (the original animated and the live action features), so the potential exists for other puppies from the films to appear (especially: Penny, Freckles, Patch and Pepper [animated] and Jewel, Dipstick and Fidget [live action]). "101 Dalmatians" joined the Disney Afternoon line-up Fall 1997, though some areas only carry it on Saturdays. Some of the characters from "Disney's 101 Dalmatians" are:
Roger & Anita Dearly, Cruella de Vil Jasper & Horace Badun Nanny Scorch the Ferret Pongo & Perdita The Puppies: Lucky, Rolly, Cadpig, Two-Tone, Duke, Tripod, Patch, Whizzer, Dipstick, Duke, [others that have been named in the series: Domino, Little Dipper, Oddball, Dottie, Penny, Freckles, Pepper, Fidget, Jewel, Hoover, Hammy, Sa-Sa, Pickle, Pooh, Playdoh, Furball, Harvey, and still others who have been named in merchandise: Smokey, Dipper, Salter, Scooter, Flapper, Sniff, Puddles, Swifty, Inky, Yank, Bump, Nosey, Spark, Spatter, Tiger, Wags, Ham, Tiresome, Hungry, Speedy, Spanky, Hoofer, Pokey, Corky, Bulgey, Bravo, Yoyo, Blob, Sleepy, Sport and Dot]. Country animals: Spot the Chicken, Ed Pig and his daughter Dumpling, Queenie, Duchess & Princess the Cows, Colonel the Sheepdog, Sgt. Tibs the Cat, Lt. Pug the Pugnose, Lucy the Goose, Towser the Hound, and Mooch the mutt.