101 Dalmatians is an American family comedy directed by Stephen Herek and based on the novel by British writer Dodie Smith. The plot. Villain Starvella De Ville dreams of turning Christmas into a Dalmatian puppy fur coat for Christmas. For this she needs 99 innocent puppies. This idea does not please a young Dalmatian couple. You start chasing after both the villain and their accomplices. 230 puppies and 20 adult Dalmatians were used during filming. No dog was injured during the shooting.