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When I was a kid, we had an LP of 101 Dalmatians. It was the audiobook of a longish film picture book, but it also had several songs. At the end, the song "Dalmatian Plantation" was performed.

When my kids first watched the movie some years ago, I was baffled by the "Dalmatian Plantation" song. The version in the movie was not the version I knew from that record. It is a different song. What the heck?

The kids were watching the original 101 Dalmatians last night. Afterward, they watched a bit of the bonus features on the extra disk, including the production details. It turns out that the songs were rewritten after the first versions didn't match the desired tone of the movie. The original "Cruella de Vil" did not have the jazzy bounce that makes the standard version so memorable. And "Dalmatian Plantation" was also replaced with a more swinging melody.

Wow! It wasn't a figment of my imagination. I wonder if the records were prepped too early in the production process, and they didn't bother to update them when the song changed? Weird.

But really, this is just an excuse to use one of my favorite icons.

[And then some research on Wikipedia shows that the songwriter originally wrote a gob o' songs, but only these two and the Canine Cruchies jingle made it into the movie.]

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