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"Home is Where the Bark Is" is the first episode of 101 Dalmatians: The Series. It aired on September 13, 1997, and on the 1998 Silver Angel Award for "Excellence in media," along with being nominated for the 1998 Annie Award for "Outstanding individual achievement for storyboarding in an animated television production."

Plot

Nanny is taking all the Dalmatian pups for a walk in the city of Topstown when all of a sudden, she is mugged for her purse. The Dalmatian pups chase after the mugger with Lucky in the lead before they get separated due to heavy traffic.

Lucky corners the mugger in an alleyway; however, he is quickly overpowered. When Nanny and the other Dalmatians arrive in anger, the mugger flees (dropping Nanny's purse and an afterward-barking Lucky) and Lucky gives Nanny her purse back. She thanks him (with a pet) and commends his bravery, and he brags that someone has to take a bite out of crime, to Cadpig's sarcasm.

Back in the Dearlys' brownstone, Roger claims to have had enough of the pollution and crowds of the city, especially now that Nanny’s been mugged. When questioning on when the family is ever going to get a place in the country like they always talk about, Anita and Perdita show Roger that the Smedley Farm is up for sale; Roger agrees to make an offer. This news doesn't go down well with Lucky, Cadpig and Rolly though, for Lucky loves the adventure of the city, Rolly knows every deli dumpster in town, and Cadpig fears of leaving their city friends behind.

The Dearlys soon arrive on the farm and the pups take a look around, Lucky first meets Mooch and while questioning on Thunderbolt, Mooch reveals he doesn't know what cable television is, much to Lucky's shock. Rolly is petrified to learn that there aren't any restaurants for miles, and Cadpig doesn't make the best first impression with the cows, Duchess and Princess.

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Cruella then arrives, revealing she lives right next door to the farm and attempts to buy the farm from the Dearlys, offering double what they paid, Roger turns her down and Cruella drives off setting herself a memo to come up with a scheme to steal the farm.

During the night, Lucky, Cadpig, and Rolly find they can't sleep with all the farm noises, causing Lucky to snap at one point, Rolly complains on how hot it is, and Cadpig claims to have trouble getting centered, the three agree the only place that they’ll feel a sense of place is back home in the city.

On their way there, they come up against Cruella, who chases them through the streets, but is only able to grab their collars from them. The Dalmatians soon arrive back at the Brownstone but are locked in by Cruella.

Cruella then hires Horace and his brother Jasper to deliver an anonymous ransom note to the Dearlys, so that to get the pups back, the Dearlys will have to sell the farm to Cruella and they give her own money back to pay the ransom.

Hearing that the farm will have to be sold to pay the ransom, Pongo and Perdita send out a message via the "Twilight Bark" for help in finding their missing pups.

Meanwhile, Rolly is now cold, Cadpig still can't feel centered, and Lucky begins to miss the family.

The following morning, Lucky tries to get the door opened, but learns it's locked. After other unsuccessful escape attempts via the chimney and toilet, the pups see Horace and Jasper enter the house to collect the puppies when Roger and Anita pay the ransom. The pups trap Horace and Jasper in the attic and race back to the farm before Cruella can buy it.

Getting a message on the barking chain by a fisherman's dog, the Dalmatians and farm animals attempt to delay Cruella as long as they can, eventually resulting in Cruella's car getting crushed in a combine harvester.

Cruella is able to catch the pups again; however, right on the Dearlys' doorstep, Cruella bluffs her way out of it by saying she found the pups wandering about before leaving, setting herself another memo to come up with another scheme to steal the farm.

Cadpig thanks Duchess and Princess for helping before reviving her name tag distribution program; Rolly learns that he is able to get some snacks from the apple trees; and Lucky is happy to be home.

Voice cast

Trivia

  • This is the debut episode of the series.
  • The episode title is a twist on the phrase: "Home is where the heart is."
  • Unlike the novel and movies which are set in England, this series seems to have moved the characters to America.
  • The series isn't a continuation on either the original animated or live-action movie, but instead takes elements and plot points from both:
    • Roger makes video games.
    • Cruella states Anita works for her. (She got fired in the live-action movie.)
    • Cruella claims that the old owner of the farm was Widow Smedley. So it's believed that the Dearly Farm is the same farm that the Colonel, Sgt. Tibbs, and Captain lived in the animated movie.
  • When the clip of Cruella trying to buy the farm is reshown in "Humanitarian of the Year", Cruella's writings on the check are rewritten and made much clearer.
  • Cruella offers to buy the Dearly Farm for double what the Dearlys pay. This may be a likely homage to when Cruella wishes to buy the puppies (in both the animated and live-action films), claiming she's paying twice what she thinks they're worth, with Roger not listening to Cruella in both cases.
  • Spot makes a cameo in the episode, but doesn't have any speaking lines.
  • Horace compliments Nanny's eyes; this marks the start of a relationship he will share with Nanny throughout the series.
  • While trying to escape through the chimney, the pups get covered in soot with Lucky claiming on how it feels very familiar. This is, of course, a reference to the climax of the original animated movie.
  • During the chase back to the Dearly Farm, the pups ride on top of a subway train. If you look closely at the silhouettes of the passengers riding the train, you will notice that they are of Aladdin and Genie (Aladdin), Mowgli (The Jungle Book), either Cinderella (of the movie of the same name) or Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.
  • It is possible that the family which Lucky looks in on is the one from Lady and the Tramp, with one of the canines looking like Lady.
    • The fisherman's Scottish terrier is Jock, also from Lady and the Tramp.
  • When speaking to the Colonel, Sgt. Tibbs has a different voice than he does for the rest of the series.
  • This episode features Towser's only spoken line in the series.
  • After getting her car crushed, Cruella says, "I picked the wrong week to quit smoking." This is a note to how Cruella doesn't smoke as much as she did in the series (although there are some episodes where she does), along with being a reference to the 1980 comedy, Airplane!
  • This episode's reruns on Disney Junior cut out two of Cruella's lines - "Are there still 101 [Dalmatians], or did I take out a few of them when I drove up?" and "I picked the wrong week to quit smoking."


v - e - d
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Media

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

Characters

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

Episodes

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"

Locations

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

Vehicles

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

Songs

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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