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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez

 

November 12, 2019  (originally published

December 4, 2012

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights Spots Week: 101 Dalmatians on Kingdom Hearts

We just got off our celebration of 100 consecutive weeks of Days of the Week. It is still a surreal feeling knowing that for the last 100 weeks we have talked everything from Hidden Mickeys and movies to characters and, of course, video games. But the number 101 does hold significance in the Disney universe as well. 101, of course, relates to 101 Dalmatians, Disney's animated classic about Dalmatians escaping the wrath of Cruella DeVille.

Much like Wreck-It Ralph today, 101 Dalmatians represented a whole new concept and story for Disney to tackle. It was a story took place in a contemporary setting that utilized the revolutionary Xerox animation process that gave the puppies individual spots and preserve the animator's lines in the drawing. The film was undoubtedly simpler in tone and scope when compared to the movie that came before it, Sleeping Beauty. Yet it was that simple accessibility that made the film a big hit that remains popular to this day. Add to this the exuberant villain Cruella DeVille and you can see how even when it wasn't a fairy tale movie, 101 Dalmatians captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.

101 Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts

Now, if you have been following my year long Kingdom Hearts retrospective (which will have its grand finale next week), then you know that Square set out to pay tribute to almost every single aspect of the Disney legacy. Disney villains, Disney princesses, Mickey Mouse and friends, classic Disney music, the list goes on and on. These nods and references were presented in unique ways, from worlds you could explore to characters you could interact with. Knowing that, Square decided to put Disney's Dalmatian plantation in a way that benefited the gameplay's longevity.

As with any other game with the same scope and ambition as Kingdom Hearts, the worlds are littered with several quests to go on in addition to the main one. In Kingdom Hearts, you can buy items to create new weapons and armor to equip, find parts for your Gummi Ship and set out to complete Jiminy's Journal. One of these side ventures involves the Dalmatians themselves.

Kingdom Hearts Traverse Town 101 Dalmatians

Traverse Town, which happens to be the first world you visit, later becomes a hub world you return often to in order to gain new pieces of story. It is in here where you meet Pongo and Perdita, hidden in a house in a dark alleyway. Their world has been destroyed by the Heartless, making them lose their puppies in the process. There is hope, though. Sora is a world traveler, and the puppies have been hidden in all the worlds. Knowing this, Sora sets out to rescue all the puppies in this adventure.

The puppies are hidden in pink boxes in sets of three. Every time you collect a set number of puppies, the house you visited Pongo and Perdita gets filled up, and they reward you with a rare item. When all the Dalmatians have been saved, you get the rarest item yet.

Pongo in Kingdom Hearts

This quest is not necessary to fully enjoy the main storyline. It is a side quest created to provide additional activities and thus extend the game's lasting appeal. It is also a very clever way of incorporating a story that isn't exuberantly magical into a world that is reigned by fantasy. Of course, die hard 101 Dalmatians fans want to see a whole world dedicated to the movie, complete with an appearance by Cruella herself. The possibilities of that happening are somewhat high as Square has shown that there are no limits as to what they can present in a Kingdom Hearts game.

For now, though, we have their appearance in Kingdom Hearts to appreciate. Come back next week as our Kingdom Hearts retrospective comes to an end with a personal look at the first game and franchise as a whole.


Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games
Hercules

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy
Pinocchio

Pocahontas
Tangled, the Video Game
Tarzan
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
Quackshot
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

Miscellaneous
101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
NintendoLand
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer
DisneyQuest

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Bonkers
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck
DuckTales

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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