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Background information
Feature films One Hundred and One Dalmatians
101 Dalmatians
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure
Short films
Television programs 101 Dalmatians: The Series
House of Mouse
Video games
Park attractions World of Color: Celebrate!
Portrayed by
Portrayed by Joan Plowright (live-action)
Animators Ollie Johnston
Voice Martha Wentworth
Russi Taylor (animated storybook)
Mary MacLeod (in the sequel)
Charlotte Rae (in the series)
Performance model
Inspiration Nanny Cook from the novel One Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Nanny Cook
Other names Ducky (referred to by Jasper)
M'aam (referred to by Jasper)
Lady (by Jasper)
Little ol' cook
Personality Motherly, sweet, protective, loyal, kind, understanding, bold, hard-working
Appearance Obese, elderly, round head, gray hair that tied to a bun
Occupation Roger & Anita's housekeeper
Goal To try to keep the puppies safe from the Baduns
To take care of Roger and Anita's home
Home London
Allies Roger Radcliffe, Anita Radcliffe, Pongo, Perdita, ninety-nine puppies, Jasper and Horace
Enemies Cruella De Vil, Jasper and Horace (formerly)
Likes Taking care of the puppies
Dislikes Sneaky thieves
Powers and abilities
Weapons Her bare hands
Fate Gets reunited with the 101 Dalmatians after Cruella and Li'l Lightning are sent to the asylum and dog pound, and Jasper and Horace turn to the good side and run a dress store
Quote "The little dears."

Nanny is a character from Disney's 1961 feature film One Hundred and One Dalmatians, its 1996 live-action film and its 1997-98 television series.


Nanny's very sweet and understanding. She can be very tough and loves the Dalmatian puppies dearly.


One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Nanny's hired by Roger and Anita Radcliffe as a cook-and-housekeeper, although the Radcliffes seem to see her more as a member of the family than a servant. Within only a few months, she becomes very close to the family, and is especially joyful when the puppies finally arrive. When Cruella De Vil visits to offer a buying price for the newborn puppies, she joins Roger and Anita in standing up to her and subsequently to refuse her offer. Nanny's primarily responsible for watching the puppies when when the Radcliffes aren't around, such as when they're on walks with Pongo and Perdita. During this time, she grows quite attached to the young dogs. One night, while Roger and Anita are out, Jasper and Horace arrive to steal the puppies for Cruella, posing as electricians to gain entry. Nanny isn't fooled by their ruse and refuses to let them in with the masters of the house gone. The two crooks ram their way into the house and although she puts up a tough fight, Jasper holds her in the attic while Horace abducts the puppies. After the two thieves leave, she runs downstairs expecting to see the family valuables gone, but discovers the puppies have been stolen instead, to her horror. She runs out into the street, hysterically calling for help.

Apart from being seen in a newspaper photo, sitting solemnly by the vacant puppy basket, Nanny is not seen again until the end of the movie, just before the puppies return home at Christmas. She serves tea to Roger and Anita as she weeps over remembering the puppies, but hurries at once to open the door when she hears the familiar sound of barking. Even though the dalmatians scatter ashes and soot all over the apartment and its inhabitants from their disguise to hide from Cruella and the Baduns, Nanny's never happier to be reunited with them and dusts them off so they can be recognized.

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure

In 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure, she is first seen calling the puppies for dinner. During this scene, she tells Rolly that he may be allowed to eat one bowl at a time.

When Roger and Anita Radcliffe move to the farm, she continues her duties as their maid, she picks up the newspaper and puts it on the laundry basket, but puts it down near the hole into the music room when she hears the kettle boiling. When Jasper and Horace come to steal the puppies, Nanny hears the Kanine Krunchies theme, playing from the van. She confronts the Badduns by hitting them with a frying pan; however, they chase her through a pig sty. The Badduns tie Nanny up and lower her down a well.

She is later rescued by the police, and she arrives with them to identify the Baduns as the ones who stole the puppies. The Baduns point out that Cruella who made them do it and is behind of the dognapping.

101 Dalmatians


Nanny in 101 Dalmatians.

In 101 Dalmatians it is said Nanny used to be Anita's Nanny. She recalls that Anita was always good at drawing when she was a little girl, and is now pleased to be working for Anita again as she starts a family of her own. She is the first to realize that Perdita is expecting with Pups and when she notices Anita demonstrating all the same signs, she finds out Anita is pregnant too.

When the Puppies are born, she brings the towels downstairs for Perdita and informs Roger & Pongo about their arrival. When Roger brings a Still Born Pup back to life, she gives it the name Lucky. She later arrives to give the Puppies their collars.

On the night, the Puppies are abducted while Roger and Anita are gone for a walk to the park taking Pongo and Perdy with them, she was putting some unfinished dog food in a pot ("Waste not, want not, that's my motto"). When Horace and Jasper arrive, she tries to fight back, and manages to punch Horace in the face. However, they lock her in a cupboard under the stairs. Nanny manages to break free and looks the basket where the puppies are realizing that Jasper and Horace stole the puppies, then Roger, Anita, Pongo and Perdy arrive having hearing the Pensioner's dog barking angrily at Jasper and Horace, she explain what happened that she tried to stop the two but they locked her in the cupboard and she shouted but no one came to stop them. Roger and Anita then realize what they have done they leave the puppies unprotected and why do they have to go out for a walk and call the police and the Pensioner who then explain to them. During the Twilight Bark scene, Nanny is seen to bark in her sleep.

When Pongo and Perdita run off to find the Puppies, Nanny is able to guess why they did so, and agrees with Roger's suspicion of Cruella being the culprit. When she notes that dogs can smell ill intentions, Anita suddenly realizes Cruella's motivation.

When the Puppies are returned and the Dearly's are offered to keep them, Nanny figures they have seventeen already, so where's the harm with a few more? In the end, she moves in with Roger and Anita, when they move to the country.

101 Dalmatians: The Series


Nanny in 101 Dalmatians: The Series.

Nanny appears as one of the main characters in 101 Dalmatians: The Series.

In "Home is Where the Bark Is", she is mugged whilst walking the puppies, but Lucky retrieves it. This act is what convinces Roger that it's time to move out of the city and to the country.

She does numerous chores on the farm, such as using a bicycle attached to the Chow Tower to pour out the pups' kibble. Other chores include gardening, painting, housework and getting rid of Cruella's surveillance cameras.

She is also given mention to her family. In "Southern Fried Cruella", it is said she has a sister who called; Franny, whom she later visits in "Leisure Lawsuit". Another family member she mentions is her brother, whom she tells Horace is a cop.

The series also establishes a relationship between her and Horace, first spawning when Horace tells Nanny that she has beautiful eyes in "Home is Where the Bark Is". In "Frisky Business", Horace tries to help her, but she turns him down. However, when they work together to get Lucky, Rolly, Cadpig, Spot, and Cruella's car back, Nanny gives Horace a kiss on the cheek. Horace then makes her a Valentine cake in "Valentine Daze", Nanny slams the door in his face when he greets her, but once she learns what Horace intended to give her, the two have tea together.

Another person who falls in love with Nanny is the Baron in "Cupid Pups". He claims when he tasted his boiled radish in pickle sauce, he knew she was the one. He proposes to her, but she turns him down, since someone's got to look after the Dearlys. The Baron takes it easy, figuring it's for the best, but requests some radishes to go.

Nanny has also achieved the honor of "Humanitarian of the Year".

House of Mouse

Nanny makes a small cameo in the House of Mouse series.


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v - e - d

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

Disney Parks

The Golden Mickeys | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom


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 | Go-Go | Persian Pete | Vendella De Vil | Rebecca | Amber | P.H. De Vil | Cecil B. De Vil | Ivy De Vil | Malevola 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


Season One: "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"
Season Two: "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 | Paris | Hell Hall | Dearly Farm | Gruteley County | 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! | 1-0-1 | Dalmatian Vacation | Surf Puppies | 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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