101 Dalmatians: The Series unaired pilot (lost episode of Disney animated series; 1996)

101 Dalmatians: The Series - Pilot
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Much like how Disney's Recess originally began production with a pitch pilot that would remain untelevised indefinitely, 101 Dalmatians: The Series was first pitched as a pilot or "demo" to Disney in around 1996 (The Recess pilot was also pitched at the same time as 101 Dalmations).

1996 was when Disney's 101 Dalmatians live-action remake film came out. The animated series pilot had to be finished, and the actual show had to be started by early 1997.

Unlike the Recess pilot, however, this Dalmatians pilot wouldn't be later remade into an episode of the TV show.

Penny's single appearance in the sneak peek.
it seems that the characters and animation would have been very close to what would be in the final product, but not much else is known about it, other than the fact it was possibly going to have another main character called Penny, a female Dalmatian puppy.

Penny's existence is evidenced by an artist drawing the removed character in a sneak peek for the series (twinned with Recess) in between clips of the pitched pilot, which was released on 1997 VHS releases of 101 Dalmatians (1996) and Doug's Birthday Blues as a promo for ABC Saturday Mornings.

The clips shown in that sneak peek are all that is known about this pilot.




Anonymous user #1

16 months ago
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11 months ago
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Maybe we should have a section just for lost pilots.

Anonymous user #3

8 months ago
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That would be a great idea for a category. Off the top of my head, the only other lost pilot I can think of is Gravity Falls (but that was found), but I'm sure there's many more.

Anonymous user #2

9 months ago
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I actually agree here, to my knowledge the pilot for MTV Robot Wars Pilot (2000), and the Pilot for Series 9 of Robot Wars in 2016 are both considered lost... There are both tons of other tv shows with lost pilots.

Anonymous user #4

2 months ago
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Somebody needs to find this, pronto!!!!! All this show's content should be found, since it's the best show ever based on a classic Disney film, including the pilot. If anybody has this episode in any form, please post it on the internet now. You won't believe how many people are actually searching for this pilot.

Anonymous user #5

4 days ago
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I think most of lost animation is lost pilots!
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