Lady and the Tramp - Disney Films Project
We've been moving along in our Disney Films Project and this is the last film that we got Riley's review on before she left for a church mission to serve in Iowa. It was good she got to end on this one because it's one of her favorites!
Lady and the Tramp is considered to be a classic from the Walt Disney studio. It is generally well liked, but some consider the animation to be sub-par. It's interesting to note that Walt wanted to cut the iconic spaghetti scene and it was only because of the work of an animator who went ahead without his approval, that this stayed in the movie. Can you imagine Lady and the Tramp without it?!
This film is an old favorite of mine. It's just a simple story that I like and feels comfortable to watch. There's nothing ground-breaking going on here, but it's enjoyable. A few cute songs and some puppy love. I particularly enjoy the dog pound scene and "He's a Tramp" number. I also love it when they share a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. Adorable! Overall, I give it 7 out of 10 Mickeys on our rating scale.
Second opinion with Alex
This is a good film. However, from a studio that's set the bar at spectacular, that's not a good thing. It's rather like a wet firework, truth be told.
You can almost feel the whole thing being tossed together as some proof of concept that Disney had a heart. Truthfully, the film suffers from lack of originality. High class girl meets low class guy, things ensue, they have issues, but get back together and marry. You know, like every Romantic comedy on the planet.
"Forgettably Precious!" was my reaction. It's a fair film, but it kinda lacks the focus of other films before. Ironically, this is the first film to not be tied into an adaptation. (Excepting the package films.)
I grant this 5 out of 10 Mickeys. Better than the package films, but no all-star.
Some might disagree with me on this one, but Lady and the Tramp is one of my very favorites. It's the first film that I'm giving 10 full Mickey ears. I know it's a cliche love story, but it's an enduring one. If you are willing to think beyond the title love story, you realize that the love is deeper in this film. Lady loved her family so much that she went back to take care of the baby, even when it meant she would face the aunt's abuse again. Tramp gave up his freedom because of his love for Lady. Even Jaque and Trusty were willing to sacrifice their bachelor lives and marry Lady to give her the honor she deserved. The friends are loyal to each other and the love is strong.
He's a tramp, but we love him!