101 Dalmatians: The Series (partially found unaired pilot episode of Disney animated TV series; 1996)
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 Dalmatians).
In 1996, Disney's 101 Dalmatians live-action remake was released. 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.
It seems that the characters and animation would have been very close to what would be in the final product. Still, not much else is known about it, other than the fact it was possibly going to have another main character called dubbed 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.
- A 101 Dalmatians: The Series forum board about the lost pilot. Retrieved 22 Aug 20