101 Dalmations was one of the coolest animated kids movies of its time, what with its — wait, hold on. We're not talking about the animated film? It's the live-action movie with Glenn Close? Do people even still remember that movie? Anyway, apparently when it came out it was so big that it had widespread effects on dog ownership. Read on, good reader, read on.
See, the live-action 101 Dalmatians is, pretty much, all about how darn cute puppies are. The entire movie is basically just close-ups of adorable dogs doing adorable things. The movie was also made for the most powerful group on the Earth (when it comes to purchasing power): children. Combine those two and you know what that means? A bunch of families are getting new puppies. Oh, all's well that ends well, right? After all, who wouldn't want an adorable doggie? Well, those same kids, after a couple of months.
See, children's brains are tiny, and as such, can only hold an idea for a short while. So when they wanted the dogs it was all consuming, but then, of course, the feeling passed … and so did the dogs. Yep, we're talking doggy death. See, a bunch of parents bought a lot of kids puppies for Christmas the year the movie came out. But the next year, the dalmatians were old hat, so a lot the dogs were abandoned. Some animal shelters said that the numbers doubled. And you know what some shelters do with dogs that can't find a home after a long enough time, don't you? Yep, turns out that Cruella De Ville's evil machinations might not have killed a single dog in the film, but doomed many in real life.