The Disney+ show 101 Dalmatian Street follows the lives of Dolly and Dylan, two descendants of the original 101 dalmatians–give or take a generation. Dolly and Dylan care for the other pups while their parents are at work, which usually ends in some form of chaos.
When I first heard of the series, I thought, “This is great!” I really liked the 101 Dalmatians movie and animated series (Amazon Affiliate link). But, then I saw the first trailer and became worried that they were going to do the same with this show as they did with Teen Titans Go. I was worried that the series would be too for kids–that it’d be full of fart jokes and random humor. I was pleased to see that while it is still targeted for younger audiences, it is not overly for kids. The humor isn’t overly silly and the characters aren’t over-the-top goofy or stupid. The characters are believable. They seem like they could be real people/dogs. The show doesn’t take a flaw or trait and over inflate it like they do in Teen Titans Go.
I also enjoy the animation style. It has the simplistic style that has been in many animations lately, but not so simple that it looks like the animators don’t care or are rushed to finish.
While I was thinking about my review, I realized what my problem with Teen Titans Go was. I thought it was the animation style, but I’ve seen shows with weirder styles and enjoyed them. What bothered me is how it is like the show talks down to kids. In Teen Titans Go it seems like they think all children care about are fart jokes and people joking about baby hands. I feel like the show insults the intelligence of children. In 101 Dalmatian Street, the plot is kid-friendly. It isn’t complicated and deals with issues children might have–such as crushes or jealousy–but it isn’t watered down to an insulting level.
The people in charge seem to know how to talk to children on their level. They make the show entertaining while still sharing a lesson or message. 101 Dalmatian Street treats the audience with respect…so far. In shows like Teen Titans Go or Thundercats Roar, it seems like the show runners think the audience is stupid, or the producers don’t have much faith in humanity because all the characters act like idiots. Meanwhile, shows like 101 Dalmatian Street and Steven Universe seem to think of their audience as equals. These producers seem to be trying to make something unique instead of just following the latest trend.
Even though the animation isn’t my favorite and the plots are more geared to younger audiences, I found the series more enjoyable than others like it because it treats the audience like a human and not as an easy cash-grab. 4.7/5
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