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Lady And The Tramp
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Mar 6, 2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
Lady And The Tramp order
Director:
Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

Actors:
Barbara Luddy
Larry Roberts
Peggy Lee

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Lady's a goodie-goodie uptown cocker spaniel who's spoon fed existence is challenged when she meets a street smart mutt from the wrong side of town. Think THE KARATE KID with dogs, no karate and no Mr. Miyagi. And they eat spaghetti at restaurant instead of having it dumped all over them.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I'm a fan of all things Disney, having grown up with the Sunday night show, but as I've mentioned before I'm much more fond of their newer wares as the originals feel quite dated. LADY AND THE TRAMP is classic Disney of old, from the cutesy little details (Lady as a puppy, tumbling on all fours after being hit in the butt by the door) which really water down their tone, to the musical scores which although good, sadly lack the flare of those we've come to know of late. Not to knit pick, but the voice acting leaves much to be desired as well, but then again, spoken dialogue was quite different back in the fifties so I'm willing to let that one slide. All in all, it's a fifty-fifty ride.

Old as this film may be, this lover's tale is far from forgotten in today's pop culture. There have been many a comparison to the classic spaghetti scene over the years (the one from FAMILY GUY where the basketball player comes and dunks them both in water is probably my favourite, cynical as it may be), but beyond that is the idea of the uptown chick falling for the street smart "dog" from the wrong side of town. Sure, that's popped up more times than I can count, but this flick certainly has props in the originality department for coming along earlier than most. The best scene for my money will always be with the Siamese cats who pretty much play Lady for a fool as they wreak havoc all over the house in hopes of stealing milk from the baby. They come up short in the villain department, but damn if they don't get points for trying.

LADY AND THE TRAMP is dated and noticeably from a different era, but that doesn't mean it's lost its flavour. It's simply a matter of what taste you're looking for. Love is definitely in the air, combined with cute humour and laughs for the young at heart. There are quite a few noticeable mistakes to found, almost like an Easter egg hunt if you get bored (when Lady's a puppy, the newspaper outside her bed vanishes after it's put down, as does her collar pendant a couple times, only to re-appear). If you have a nostalgic soft spot for old school Disney this will be a welcome addition to your collection, if not and if you're by chance viewing this one for the first time, you'll know within the first five minutes whether or not it's for you.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: Inside Walts Story Meetings: This one comes off as a bit strange (as with all Walt's additions), but basically this is another attempt to help familiarize us with the late Walt Disney. "E" for effort.

Introduction by Diane Disney Miller: Walt Disney's daughter serves up an intro because this was one of her personal favourite Disney flicks.

Deleted Scenes: These scenes really aren't that great and though I applaud the storyboard showing here, I can see why they weren't included.

Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad: This one's short and sweet, feeling a little rushed and underplayed. Many people have (and still do) show their praise for Disney but it's always nice to hear more heartfelt comments like these.

Never Recorded Song: Im Free as the Breeze: A short additional song that wouldn't been sung by the Tramp. Odd that they'd have made it and not used it, or gone with an actor unwilling to sing it.

Previews and DVD features: All the special features from the original film are here as well, standard procedure when it comes to this treatment. This Diamond edition features both a Blu-ray and DVD Copy of the film, as well as countless trailers for all things Disney.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I won't say this is the worst Disney flick of old, but it's certainly a slow burn if you're used to the newer ones. This is a classic however, full of famous scenes and fun adventure, which is hard to deny and impossible not to enjoy for anyone who loves Disney.
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