What’s your favorite moment from Lady and the Tramp? Is it the mischievous song of the scheming Siamese cats? Is it Peggy Lee’s scruffy and saucy dog-pound classic, “He’s a Tramp?” Or is it Tramp and Lady’s back-alley spaghetti dinner -- one of the screen’s most romantic scenes? Unleashed for the first time on DVD, Lady and the Tramp is one of Disney’s most fetching animated features. Told from a dog’s point of view, it introduces Lady, a cocker spaniel whose pampered life with Jim Dear and his wife, Darling, is upended by a baby’s arrival. Lady's friends Jock, a small black Scottie, and Trusty, a bloodhound with a fading sense of smell, try to reassure her that it will all work out; but Tramp, a “footloose and leash-free” mutt, warns her, “When a baby moves in, the dog moves out.” The mismatched couple cross paths again after Lady runs away from home and the street-savvy Tramp comes to her rescue, setting the stage for an unforgettable “Bella Notte.” Presented in an all-new pristine digital restoration, Lady and the Tramp can be viewed in its original (and preferred) CinemaScope version or in full screen. This two-disc DVD throws a bone to Disney buffs with its extensive archival features, including reconstructed abandoned scenes, a “pitch” version of the film comprising the original storyboards, and a thorough chronicle of the film’s production that somewhat compensates for the absence of audio commentary.
Lady and the Tramp is one of Disney's most beloved films. It also represents something of a departure for the studio. Whereas previous animated features had tended toward the fantastic fairy tale setting of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or Alice in Wonderland, Lady and the Tramp is set in a recognizable everyday world, although one where one can understand what animals say to each other. The pacing and tone are also somewhat more leisurely than in previous efforts. While there is plenty of action and adventure, the entire film is slightly more relaxed. Some of this is due to the amount of time spent on characterization -- Lady and Tramp's relationship is more fully developed than in earlier cartoons. Indeed, their first date (in an alley behind an Italian restaurant) is one of the most romantic and enchanting moments in film. As usual, the animation is top-notch, whether on big scenes like the chase after the dogcatcher or on small moments like Lady's humiliation at being slapped. A big plus is Peggy Lee's distinctive score, especially the jazzy "He's a Tramp" and the catchy "Siamese Cat Song." Lee does double duty by providing voices for several of the characters, and Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, and Bill Thompson's vocal interpretations are also invaluable. Six years later, some of the same talent would work on another classic dog tale, 101 Dalmations.
|Source:||Walt Disney Video|
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