This Day in Disney History January 25
1961: One Hundred and One Dalmatians first appeared in theaters
From Disney Movies Anywhere:
Walt Disney’s original classic “101 Dalmatians” has charmed audiences for generations with its irresistible tail-wagging stars, memorable story and wonderful blend of humor and adventure. Cruella De Vil, Disney’s most outrageous villain, sets the fur-raising adventure in motion when she dognaps all of the dalmatian puppies in London – including 15 from Pongo and Perdita’s family. Through the power of the “Twilight Bark”, Pongo leads a heroic cast of animal characters on a dramatic quest to rescue them all in a story the whole family will enjoy again and again. (C) 1961 Disney
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One Hundred and One Dalmatians was first released to theaters on January 25, 1961. After its initial theatrical run, it was re-released to theaters four more times: January 1969, June 1979, December 1985, and July 1991.
One Hundred and One Dalmatians was the tenth highest grossing film of 1961, accruing $6,400,000 in distributors’ domestic (U.S. and Canada) rentals during its first year of release, and one of the studio’s most popular films of the decade. The film was re-issued to theaters in 1969, 1979, 1985, and 1991. The 1991 reissue was the twentieth highest earning film of the year for domestic earnings. It has earned $215,880,014 in domestic box office earnings during its lengthy history.