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Old Apr 17, 2021, 05:36 AM
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Disney's Music Trivia:

• George Bruns' second work for Disney and the first, which features all original compositions, after the mainly adapted classical soundtrack for Sleeping Beauty 1959.
Also the first Disney score, which incorporates a more contemporary atmosphere, thanks to the present day timeline, with quirky Jazz additions compared to earlier orchestral fantasy scorings

• The animated feature with the least amount of songs (Ironically, the human protagonist, Roger, is a songwriter, but contributes only two of the three songs)

• The seventy-nine minute film is composed by 88 music sequences

• The "Overture" is composed by ten individual music cues

• The leitmotif for the Dalmatians, called "Playful Melody" in the cue sheets, is heard frequently throughout the score, for example on "Puppies Everywhere"

• William Dunham added lyrics to the theme, resulting in the song "Playful Melody", which was included on the Disneyland Storyteller record titled "Walt Disney's 101 Dalmatians in Story and Song"

• "Cruela De Vil" marks the first time, a villain gets mocked by the protagonist in a song. This is also done years later in Bruns' score for Robin Hood ("The Phony King of England")

• Composer Mel Leven himself performed the "Cruella De Vil - Nonsense Version" Demo recording heard on the soundtrack

• Several songs were developed for One Hundred and One Dalmatians but not used. Mel Leven wrote an earlier concept for "Cruella De Vil", titled "Cruella De Vil (Wicked Ole Thing)". In contrast of the bluesy version that made
its way into the film, this song was sort of a minor-key schoolyard taunt. An earlier concept for "Dalmatian Plantation" that Leven had written in August 1958 was abandoned when Bill Peet asked for a new son that emphasized words that ended with "tion".
"The March of the One Hundred and One" would have occured in the moving van that the dogs used to escape from Cruella De Vil. Leven wrote "Cheerio, Good-Bye, Toodle-oo, Hip Hip!" in October 1958 for the pups to sing as they left their captors.
"Don't Buy a Parrot from a Sailor" was written to sound like a pub song for Cruella's henchmen to sing to amuse themselves
Robert and Richard Sherman wrote the title song "One Hundred and One", which wasn't used in the film, but was released next to "Playful Melody" on record
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