Ben Bailey Smith aka Doc Brown Discusses his role as Sid Squirrel in Disney Channel’s New Animated Series 101 Dalmatian Street
The brand new animated series stars Paloma Faith who voices Portia Poodle, Ben Bailey Smith as Sid Squirrel and Spencer Sausage Dog, and Stephen Mangan as Doctor Dave
Set in 21st Century London, 101 Dalmatian Street is inspired by Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel and Walt Disney’s 1961 classic 101 Dalmatians
Disney Channel will premiere a new episode every Monday to Thursday at 5pm
Disney Channel UK announced today new animation series, 101 Dalmatian Street, will premiere on Disney Channel on 18 March at 5pm. Following the launch episode, the series will air Mondays to Thursdays at 5pm.
The exciting new series will introduce a new generation of children to the wonderful, spotty world of Dalmatians, with 101 Dalmatian Street inspired by Dodie Smith’s timeless 1956 novel and Walt Disney’s classic 1961 film, 101 Dalmatians. The launch follows a special episode that aired in December 2018 which introduced audiences to the unique characters and world of 101 Dalmatian Street.
Aimed at girls and boys, the new series has been reimagined for the 21st century and is set in modern day London. The series follows the adventures of eldest Dalmatian step-siblings Dylan and Dolly, their parents Delilah and Doug, and their big barking blended family of 97 younger brothers and sisters, whose names also begin with ‘D’. With two working parents and no human owner, there’s a lot of pressure on Dylan and Dolly to keep the home in order, despite the fact that they’re still just kids who want to do their own thing.
101 Dalmatian Street stars Paloma Faith who voices Portia Poodle, Ben Bailey Smith (Doc Brown) as Sid Squirrel and Spencer Sausage Dog, Stephen Mangan as Doctor Dave and Jack Binstead as Delgado who has wheels for back legs. Their voices will be joining Josh Brener as Dylan (Silicon Valley, Star Wars Resistance, The Big Bang Theory), and Michaela Dietz as Dolly (Steven Universe, Barney & Friends) who voice the eldest Dalmatian step-siblings.
Mixing up domestic comedy with urban adventures, extreme sibling rivalry and puppy mayhem, the series explores growing up and finding your own spot within the turmoil of the biggest, messiest, furriest blended family anyone has ever seen.
In the first back-to-back stories entitled Dog’s Best Friend and Boom Night, premiering on 18 March, Dylan sees Clarissa Corgi’s human waiting on her hand and paw. He wonders if he should get one to help with chores, but realises a pet is a big responsibility. In the second episode, set on the scariest night in the canine calendar, Dad puts the house on lockdown and tells Dylan to keep everyone safe and inside – only for Dolly to sneak out. Dylan discovers Dorothy has followed her and must come to the rescue.
Talking about what is 101 Dalmatian Street about, Doc Brown said “101 Dalmatian Street, I guess the clue is in the name. Its inspired by the classic Dodi Smith book 101 Dalmatians, which the whole world knows about and it is a classic Disney film cartoon as well.”
“This is an animated series that bring the story bang up to date. It’s in contemporary London and the story follows the two eldest siblings Dolly and Dylan and their 97 brothers and sisters on their exploits. and it’s really is an ongoing tale of family and friendships in contemporary London.”
Discussing his character, Doc Brown added “I provide the voice for two characters, Sid the Squirrel and Spencer the Sausage Dog. Sid is kind of a crazy, a high-energy little critter who is very athletic. He’s a bit of a parkour expert or at least fancies himself as one and he is absolutely obsessed with the hording and eating of nuts. In fact, nuts can make him pretty wild, he can really lose it if he gets a good selection of nuts or just in the hunt for nuts.
As well as Sid, I also play a Sausage Dog called Spencer and he is quite a sarky, snarky, snobby dog. He fancies himself as having certain airs and graces even though he’s very much the sidekick of Portia the Poodle. He’s definitely got his nose in the air, even though his belly is so close to the ground. He thinks he’s the business.”
101 DALMATIAN STREET AIRS ON DISNEY CHANNEL, MONDAY TO THURSDAY AT 5PM
About 101 Dalmatian Street
Oscar® and BAFTA winning Passion Animation Studios, headquartered in London and employing an international crew of more than fifty artists, serve as lead producers for the series, with Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver providing animation services. 101 Dalmatian Street was developed by Disney’s UK-based original animation team working with Gigglebug Entertainment in Helsinki, who provided concept development and are creating short form and digital content to accompany the series.
The series is written by Maria O’Loughlin and directed by Miklos Weigert, with Cara Speller serving as executive producer. The series has been commissioned for 10 x 2’ shorts, 40 x 11’ episodes, and 5 x 22’ specials.
About Disney Channel UK
Disney Channel is geared towards kids aged from six to twelve and their families, broadcasting a mix of child-driven, family-inclusive programming. Programming includes hit live-action series such as Stuck In The Middle, K.C. Undercover, Andi Mack and Raven’s Home, and locally produced hit series The Lodge, plus popular animations including Tangled: The Series, Elena of Avalor and Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir. The channel is also renowned for its hit original movies including Disney’s Descendants and Descendants 2. The Disney Channel App in the UK has already proven to be a firm favourite with kids, and fans who are able to access the very best snack-sized Disney Channel content on demand.