101 DALMATIONS: HAVE YOURSELF A DRAB LITTLE CHRISTMAS

In the 1950s subdued colours were preferred. British Standard colours were called things like “Camouflage Beige”, “NATO Green”, “Light Aircraft Grey” and “Very Dark Drab”.  They were a remnant of the war but were put to good effect by architects and designers until the explosion of bright colours in the sixties. Even “101 Dalmations”, released in 1961, was drawn in drab colours and so it is one of Disney’s most stylish films.

When Roger meets Anita in the park for the first time, he is wearing a brown jacket, olive-grey trousers and dusty plum-coloured jumper. Anita’s coat is a nameless grey and they are outlined against a grey sky. Even at the end of the adventure when Pongo and Perdita and the puppies are saved and come home for Christmas, it’s a Christmas in Camouflage Beige and lovely designer’s drab.

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