Viewing: oh, man. Who knows?
You ever wonder what people from Dalmatia think about dogs being known better than people from their land? Like, you live somewhere for thousands of years, and no one can find you on a map, but someone mentions a spotted dog and everyone gets really excited.
Anyway, I also get very excited thinking about spotted dogs, and growing up, this one was a favorite. It had (a) talking dogs, (b) adventure, and (c) a very funny cat. I found Cruella DeVil one of the better Disney villains, and since I'm not paying $30 to watch the new Cruella movie, I figured I'd rewatch this one and then maybe the Glenn Close movies.
The movie is from the period at Disney in which Walt was still alive, but he wasn't really paying much attention to the animated films. He had his amusement parks, some live action films going, and was letting animation just do its thing. The Nine Old Men were running things, as near as I can tell.
If I'm being honest, as much as I love the film, you can feel that the story department was given a backseat to the animation department. The movie is gorgeous, a huge technical achievement, and has phenomenal character animation. But it's also got some bits that just go on too long and unneeded sequences that you can tell they just really enjoyed making. The end result is a fairly brief film that has beats that can really drag.
But, yeah, I still very much like it, but sometimes you do wonder "what is happening here?" It's not as bad as The Aristocats, which I find unwatchably dull, but... I do have notes.
But if I ever get a cat again, I'm naming it Sgt. Tibbs.