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"Alive N' Chicken" is the first segment of the twenty-third episode of 101 Dalmatians: The Series. It aired on September 15, 1997.

This episode is notably infamous for being banned from airing after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


The episode begins with Spot, happy and content, when she comes across a pile of corn. As she eats, she overhears Nanny and Anita talking about how it's curtains for a "spot" and will be history by the night. Spot thinks they're referring to her, but as soon as she runs off; however, it is revealed the two were actually talking about a spot on a dress which Anita plans to turn into curtains, just like how she made Roger a shirt out of dishtowels.

As Spot worries on this, she sees Nanny making a wooden box, which is Spot's size, making her think it's her coffin. In reality, it's a platter box for Nanny's herb garden.

Spot then sees Roger digging a hole, to which she thinks is for putting her six feet under. She then runs off again, and it turns out that Roger was digging the hole to bury the dishtowel shirt that Anita made him (as Roger presumably didn't like it).

Spot runs into Lucky, Cadpig and Rolly and they ask her what's troubling her. Spot explains what she saw, but the pups are able to guess exactly what each really meant. However, Spot isn't convinced and goes off to spend her day alone.

Cadpig then realizes that they can take Spot's death paranoia to their advantage and treat the day for Spot to "live it up". She convinces Lucky and Rolly to help with this.

First, Rolly sets Spot up with a massage and large picnic. Spot is concerned at first, due to having digestive trouble, but Cadpig notes that if today is her last day, it doesn't matter. Spot, as a result, eats not only the entire picnic, but also an apple tree and a field of corn. She shows up later, quite plump and wonders what they're going to do next. Cadpig says that Spot is going to face her fears and stand up to someone who has not only damaged her pride, but devalued her as an individual.

Cadpig brings Spot to confront Steven the alligator. Spot runs off for fear that Steven will eat her, but once again, Cadpig tells Spot that if it is her last day, she's got nothing to lose. Spot is soon able to stand up to Steven and rant to him on what she dislikes about his attempts to eat her. Spot, at first, feels proud of this but nearly gets eaten by Steven as a result.

Once saved from Steven, Lucky says that Spot will now fly. Spot states she is a chicken, so can already fly, but Lucky comments that she's "never actually soared".

Lucky then constructs a plane for Spot and, after two unsuccessful flights, Spot is able to fly the contraption around. During her flight, Spot crashes her way through a pile of trash Swamp Rat has set up before flying over a football match, catching the ball and soaring it through the goal posts. The plane then flies through Villa De Vil where her propeller shaves Cruella's head, whilst Horace Badun and Jasper are busy styling it. Fortunately for them, Cruella loves the result. Spot soon flies her plane into some pylons and is shocked, but she soon sees the sun setting and remembers what Anita had said.

Spot then collides into a Windmill and her plane falls into a sack of flour. Seeing herself white and what looks like a "stairway to heaven", Spot thinks she's dead. However, the Dalmatians inform her that she is still alive (Spot being white is due to the flour and the stairway is in fact a dented wing to the plane). The group then sees Nanny and Anita, proving to Spot that they were indeed talking about a spot on a dress, which has now been made into curtains.

Spot is shocked that she had all that fun for nothing, but Cadpig notes that's how she should live every day; with gusto, passion and courage. Spot rejoices that she's going to live; however, Steven shows up and chases Spot into the sunset.


  • The episode title is a play on the phrase: "Alive n' kickin'."
  • This episode was banned from airing after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, due to the scene in "Alive N' Chicken" where Spot flies her plane around the Chow Tower, along with crashing into the windmill with the cloud of flour, as it resembles the 9/11 attack.
    • This was also only episode that was banned (whole or half) from airing, only to get its companion "Prima Doggy" to meet the same fate because it was paired off.
  • When the Dalmatians first see Spot in a panic, Rolly questions if she thinks the sky is falling again. This is a likely homage to the folk tale Chicken Little, its Disney 1943 short adaptation, and later its 2005 film adaptation.
    • Spot later assumes the sky is falling after getting a trophy stuck on her head in "Channels".
  • The sequence which Spot talks about what happened bears a close resemblance to The Twilight Zone.
  • When Spot arrives after eating the entire corn field, her steps cause water in a dog bowl to ripple. This is similarly used to signal the dinosaurs' approach in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park.
  • Lucky later constructs another plane in "Easy on the Lies".
  • When Spot crashes through Swamp Rat's trash pile, it takes the shape of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • Apparently, the local high school is called "De Vil High" with a football team known as the Bears.
  • Ed, who later appears in "Close But No Cigar", seems to be refereeing the football match.

v - e - d

Animated Films: One Hundred and One Dalmatians | 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure | Video
Live-Action Films: 101 Dalmatians | 102 Dalmatians | Cruella
TV Series: 101 Dalmatians: The Series | Once Upon a Time
Music: Soundtrack
Video Games: 101 Dalmatians: Animated Storybook | 101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor | 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue | 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure | Kingdom Hearts
Books: Disney Wonderful World of Reading | Classic Storybook | Tell-A-Tale Book | Golden Sound Story

Disney Parks

Club Villain | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | The Golden Mickeys | Villains Tonight!
Parade: Disney Cinema Parade
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party | Happy Hallowishes | Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular | It's Good To Be Bad With The Disney Villains | Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime | Villains Mix and Mingle


One Hundred and One Dalmatians: Pongo | Perdita | Roger Radcliffe | Anita Radcliffe | Nanny | Cruella De Vil | Jasper and Horace | Bachelorettes | Dirty Dawson | Lucky | Patch | Rolly | Penny | Freckles | Pepper | Dalmatian Puppies | Danny | Scottie | Towser | Lucy | Captain | Sergeant Tibbs | Colonel | Prissy | Collie | The Cows | Labrador
101 Dalmatians: The Series: Tripod | Cadpig | Spot | Lieutenant Pug | Mooch | Mayor Ed Pig | Dumpling | Cornelia | Scorch | Swamp Rat | Cydne | Steven | Persian Pete | Vendella De Vil | Go-Go | Blaze | Cave Pup | Rebecca | Amber Dearly | P.H. De Vil | Cecil B. De Vil | Ivy De Vil | Malevola De Vil | Judge Dimsdale De Vil
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure: Thunderbolt | Lil' Lightning | Lars
101 Dalmatians: Herbert | Alonzo | Mr. Skinner | Jewel | Dipstick | Fidget | Two-Tone | Whizzer | Kipper
Video game characters: Patches
102 Dalmatians: Chloe Simon | Kevin Shepherd | Jean-Pierre Le Pelt | Dottie | Little Dipper | Domino | Oddball | Fluffy | Waddlesworth | Drooler | Chomp | Digger


ABC Episodes: "Home Is Where The Bark Is" | "He Followed Me Home" | "Love 'Em and Flea 'Em" | "Howl Noon" | "Easy on the Lies" | "Two for the Show" | "An Officer and a Gentledog" | "Bad to the Bone" | "Southern Fried Cruella" | "Swine Song" | "Watch for Falling Idols" | "The High Price of Fame" | "The Great Cat Invasion" | "No Train, No Gain" | "Rolly's Egg-Celent Adventure" | "Wild Chick Chase" | "The Dogs of DeVil" | "Dog's Best Friend" | "A Christmas Cruella" | "Out to Launch" | "Prophet and Loss"
Syndicated Episodes: "You Slipped a Disk" | "Chow About That?" | "Tic Track Toe" | "Lucky All Star" | "Shake, Rattle, and Woof" | "Cadpig Behind Bars" | "Leisure Lawsuit" | "Purred It Through the Grapevine" | "Our Own Digs" | "Goose Pimples (Goose Pamples)" | "Two Faces of Anita" | "The Fungus Among Us" | "Market Mayhem" | "Lucky to be Alone" | "Four Stories Up" | "It's a Swamp Thing" | "Roll Out the Pork Barrel" | "Alive N' Chicken" | "Prima Doggy" | "You Say It's Your Birthday" | "Oozy Does It" | "Barnboozled" | "Citizen Canine" | "Full Metal Pullet" | "Dough the Right Thing" | "Frisky Business" | "Cadet of the Month" | "Valentine Daze" | "Close But No Cigar" | "Invasion of the Doggy Snatchers" | "Smoke Detectors" | "Lobster Tale" | "Double Dog Dare" | "Mooove It On Over" | "Shipwrecked" | "Mall Pups" | "Shrewzle Watch" | "The Life You Save" | "Spots and Shots" | "On the Lamb" | "Treasure of Swamp Island" | "Lord of the Termites" | "Fountain of Youth" | "Walk a Mile in My Tracks" | "Cruella World" | "Hail to the Chief" | "Food for Thought" | "The Maltese Chicken" | "Film Fatale" | "My Fair Chicken" | "Snow Bounders" | "Gnaw or Never" | "Poison Ivy" | "Twelve Angry Pups" | "The Good-bye Chick" | "Robo-Rolly" | "Splishing and Splashing" | "Virtual Lucky" | "Cupid Pups" | "The Artist Formerly Known as Spot" | "The Nose Knows" | "K is for Kibble" | "Humanitarian of the Year" | "Beauty Pageant Pandemonium" | "Hog-Tied" | "Coup DeVil" | "Every Little Crooked Nanny" | "Cone Head" | "Channels" | "Un-Lucky" | "The Making of..." | "Best of Show" | "Walk on the Wild Side" | "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move" | "DeVil-Age Elder" | "Jurassic Bark" | "My Fair Moochie" | "Dog Food Day Afternoon" | "Spot's Fairy God-Chicken" | "Good Neighbor Cruella" | "Animal House Party" | "Dalmatian Vacation, Part I - Road Warriors" | "Dalmatian Vacation, Part II - Cross-Country Calamity" | "Dalmatian Vacation, Part III - Dearly Beloved"


London | Regents Park | Hell Hall | Dearly Farm | Gruteley County | Cherry Tree Farm | House of DeVil


Cruella's car | Jasper and Horace's truck | Moving van | Dalmatian puppy bus | Kanine Krunchies truck | Double decker bus


Cruella De Vil | Kanine Krunchies | Dalmatian Plantation | Don't Buy a Parrot from a Sailor | March of the One Hundred and One | Cheerio, Good-Bye, Toodle-oo, Hip Hip! | One Hundred and One | 1-0-1 | Dalmatian Vacation | Surf Puppies | I See Spots | Try Again | You're the One | Digga Digga Dog | So Fabulous, So Fierce | I Love Fur | Puppies, Oh, Puppies | Twilight Bark | Up the Stair | Cover Yourselves with Soot

See Also

The Thunderbolt Adventure Hour | The Disney Afternoon | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt

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