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Book: Mr. and Mrs. Dearly and their two Dalmatians live together. The Dalmatians are named Pongo and Missis. They give birth to 15 puppies, but cannot care for them all. Another Dalmation who recently lost her family, Perdita, helps the family raise the puppies. Cruella de Vil visits the house and decides she wants a fur coat. She kidnaps the puppies and takes them into the country. The parent dogs travel to the country and rescue all of the lost puppies, who eventually are able to live with the Dearlys.
Movie: The movie is not that different from the book. However, Pongo and Roger are single in the beginning, and then get married. There is also no third adult Dalmatian dog. Roger is not mysteriously wealthy in this movie, but rather is a musician who wrote a hit song about Cruella, which is how they pay for the Dalmatian Plantation.
Similarities: Aside from a few minor changes, most major events are the same.
Differences: The non-existence of Perdita, the two nannies, Roger’s job and the beginning of the story are the main differences.
Winner: I don’t really like this story anyway, although I loved it as a child, so I don’t know which is best. The book sounds like it is written for very young children and is hard to read without feeling condescended to. The movie has really annoying characters. Maybe they are both losers?