Thursday, March 24, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Lady and The Tramp (1955)

Lady, a golden cocker spaniel, meets up with a mongrel dog who calls himself the Tramp. He is obviously from the wrong side of town, but happenings at Lady's home make her decide to travel with him for a while. This turns out to be a bad move, as no dog is above the law. [imdb]
Lady and The Tramp is my own personal favourite from the animated classic line.  Apparently it didn't get much praise from critics when it was first released, but over the years it's earned itself a well-deserved "name" in Disney history.  It really is a lovely little story, and one of the few of the earlier films that wasn't based on a well-known story.  In fact, they worked on the story, had a guy author a book based on it, and then made the film.

The movie and all the art and animation involved is far less bold as many of the main features released before it, but sometimes simple and endearing goes a long way.  I think that's actually one of the reasons I love it so much, as also goes for Dumbo, which follows as a second favourite of mine.

In watching the special features, I discovered that the one scene most people remember from the movie was almost never made.  Apparently Walt didn't quite go for the whole "two dogs eating spaghetti" concept, so the animator took the time to personally create the scene to show.  Luckily, it worked just the way he had envisioned it, and Walt was sold.

There's not a whole lot in the 2-disc set... Just the movie, a couple deleted scenes and some Backstage Disney stuff.  I will state though that I really enjoyed the music video included on this one.  Normally they just have some random teenage star singing a pop rendition of a song from the movie, but here they actually had a kind of lounge version sung by *gasp* an adult!  The style worked very well with the song "Bella Notte" and it didn't make me want to vomit one bit.

There are some TV specials, a storyboard version of the film, and most importantly, an hour-long featurette on the making of the movie.  That's about it, but I really don't know how much more they could find for this one.  Simple movie usually means a small amount of archives to pick from.

Anyways, I'll also be glad when this comes out on blu-ray, but mostly for a newly restored picture and hopefully some new special features... if they can find some.

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