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101 Dalmations II: Patch's London Adventure (SE)
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Oct 7, 2008 By: Jillian Coyle
101 Dalmations II: Patch's London Adventure (SE) order
Director:
Jim Kammerud, Brian Smith

Actors:
Martin Short
Jason Alexander
Barry Bostwick

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Patch, one of the 101 pups, feels the need to distinguish himself like his TV hero, Thunderbolt (Barry Bostwick). When the family’s move to the “puppy plantation” is about to keep him from auditioning to be on Thunderbolt’s show, he finds himself lucky enough to be left behind. Meanwhile, Thunderbolt’s assistant, Lightning (Jason Alexander), finds out that the producer’s of the show are planning on replacing him, he decides to go do something heroic in real life. Patch, of course, gets wrapped into this P.R. scheme.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Of course it’s not a good movie; this is Disney’s straight-to-video attempt to rape every last good memory of their movies from your childhood. Sadly enough, Jason Alexander’s gone from Seinfeld to this, but Martin Short might actually be able to credit this as one of the better movies he’s been in. Of course, he plays an over the top, obviously gay artist. Hilariously, you may remember the voice of Thunderbolt, Barry Bostwick as Brad from THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. He’s had quite the career…

The animation is clearly cheap, but not far off from the original’s quality. The plot is almost exactly the same as the new movie, BOLT, and it feels like just about every other dog movie ever made. Unlike the original and other original Disney hits, this sequel has none of the charm or bearable script write-ins that keep parents and babysitters alike from considering sticking a fork into an electric socket. Thankfully, it’s less than 75 minutes long.

Side Note: Does anyone else think it’s a little perverse that they’re moving to a new home called the “puppy plantation”? It sounds like Cruella de Vil’s fantasy.
THE EXTRAS
After the credits, there’s a clip of Patch and the other puppies on Thunderbolt’s show chasing away the bad guy.

Bonus Features:

Music and More:
“Try Again” music video: You can enjoy one of the horrible songs from the movie once again in a montage of clips thrown in with video of the singer recording in the studio.
“You’re the One” music video: This song utilizes a mix of movie dialogue and editing effects to make a montage of all of the same scenes from the movie seem creative and new. It’s not. Listen for the rap in the middle in an attempt to make the movie seem more hip and modern.

Games and Activites:
Thunderbolt: An Inside Look: You can click on objects inside Thunderbolt’s trailer to see what a fake, TV, dog hero might keep in his trailer. Highlights include a fake dog food commercial and fan mail. This isn’t so much a game or activity as it is shameless self-promotion.
Patch’s Twilight Adventure: This is an actual game with puzzle pieces, keys, maps and more to help save the other puppies from the puppynapper. I’m not going to lie; I failed at this one a couple of times. This one is actually a decent game. Lost in London: This is weird, it’s a news story/history lesson in one. They seem to expect kids to know a lot ahead of time. This one seems too hard for most kids. I’m not a fan.

Backstage Disney: The dogs tell the story in this “Making the dogumentary.” It’s just as lame as it sounds; no kid in his right mind would actually want to watch this. If you happen to have one of those kids that will watch anything as long as it’s on a screen, this will buy you another 7 minutes of time you don’t have to entertain them.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This movie doesn’t deserve its association with either the original or the good Disney name. For a special release, it doesn't have many extras to choose from, either. If your kids really want to see it, save it for a night when they have a babysitter to watch it with.
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