Amid the traditional media babble of the holiday season's opening days, dog fanciers with a lifetime devotion to the Dalmatian are lining up to tell us just what a destructive, genetically flawed, virtually unmanageable dog it can be.

These attacks are offered in the name of protecting the breed from the crushing popularity that is expected to accompany the release of Walt Disney's 101 Dalmatians. The Disney corporation is envisioned as a character in one of its own animated films--an ostensibly friendly giant galumphing around in the garden of American culture and crushing everything it picks up in its lumpy, mass-market...

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