What is it about?
Lady and the Tramp tells the classic story of two different classes falling in love despite their differences. We begin the tale with the gifting of Lady, a cocker spaniel to her owners. She enjoys a lavish and happy lifestyle, befriending neighborhood dogs until her owners start treating her differently. While learning why, Tramp is introduced to Lady’s life – a stray mongrel, always on the run from the dog catcher and living off scraps. He tells her the horrors of the upcoming baby arrival and tells Lady that she should expect to lose her place in the household. However, after the baby arrives, dog and infant bond easily. One day, left in the care of her owner’s aunt and her trouble-making cats, the cats trick the aunt into thinking Lady has attacked them. She buys Lady a muzzle, freaking out the dog and she flees, getting pursued by a trio of stray dogs. Tramp comes to her aid and they share a night together. Eventually Lady is taken by a dogcatcher and meets with Tramp’s crowd of dogs who claim he is no good. She is taken home and when Tramp comes to apologise, she is too angry to care. In the meantime, a rat enters the house and the two dogs try to kill the rat before it hurts the baby. Tramp knocks the crib and is seen as a wild dog, with the Aunt calling the pound and locking Lady away. Lady’s owners come home, releasing Lady and allowing her to show them the rat. Lady’s friends help rescue Tramp from the dog catcher. Tramp becomes a part of their family with Lady and him having their own puppies.
I like Lady and the Tramp. Some like to say this film is dull or boring because nothing really happens. Yes, it is slow and it takes a while before the action builds up. But, it is beautiful to look at. The artwork and backgrounds of this movie feature almost a watercolour tone. Meanwhile, we are given the most iconic scene with the two dogs sharing a romantic dinner together. Is this the most realistic movie? No, but it has a sweet center. It tells a very classic story of two different personalities finding common group. The nice thing of this story is the growth in Tramp, more than Lady. Lady is a cute dog but she doesn’t serve much purpose. Tramp, however, is consistently redeeming his mongrel personality with kind and brave acts. When we are originally introduced to Tramp, he is rescuing his friends from the dog pound. He fights off the strays for Lady, frees her of her muzzle and kills the rat. They give him a lot of courage and bravery. However, he does also come off wayward and easily distracted. He is not always there for both his friends and Lady. I like this film because they tell the story well and with ease. While the beginning struggles to create any momentum, it does end on a high note. The film highlights humour, swagger and classic with an artistic flourish. It’s not the best Disney film, but trust me – watch the opening gifting scene and you will fall in love with all the cuteness.
The weird things
- How stereotypical racist can the two cats be? They are even called Si and Am. Their styles and portrays are so on the nose. However, in saying that, watching their introduction makes me laugh. The stereotypes hurt and sure, this will probably be very offensive to some people….But I take it with a grain of salt and just laugh at the outright ridiculous of the whole thing. If you are not easily offended, check out The Siamese Cat Song from this film….It’s pretty much the most racist Asian stereotypes you will ever experience. You can tell this film is from a completely different era.
- Can we sit and talk about how’s Lady motivation for her dislike to Tramp is due to him…well, being a “Tramp”. Ironically, we use this word to dismiss and degrade woman. In this film, the “Tramp” is actually supposed to symbolise the fact that the dog is a vagabond who is a person who has no settled home. But watching this film now with the word shifting so much in culture, it gives a different meaning to this film. There is even a scene devoted to claim how many girlfriends he has had – making him what the modern use of “Tramp” is. Can we attribute this film to shifting the meaning?!
- The dog in the present box. I have seen this time and time again. I don’t know about you, but this is like dogs in sweaters – it seems almost so cruel.
- Based on the story Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog by Ward Green
- Joe Grant came up with the idea inspired by his dog and how she got shoved aside when they had a new baby.
- The film’s opening sequence is inspired by an incident where Walt Disney presented his wife with a Chow puppy in a hat box.
- Greene wrote a novelization of the film two years before the film, due to Disney’s insistence to get audiences to be familiar with the story.
- Originally Disney was prepared to cut the spaghetti scene thinking it was not romantic enough and would look silly. It remained because Frank Thom animated the entire scene.
- The first animated film done in CinemaScope.
- Made 7.5million dollars during its 1955 release in the North American box office.
- It was originally panned by critics saying the dogs had dimensions of hippos.
- Movie will be kept in DVD collection
- 6.5/10 for personal enjoyment
- 6/10 for overall era