Great news for Disney fans everywhere! Disney’s cherished animated classic Lady and the Tramp, first released in 1955, is now available in a Walt Disney Signature Collection edition on Digital and Movie Anywhere, and on Blu-ray on February 27. The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition offers three ways to watch: the original theatrical version, sing-along mode, and Walt’s story meetings.
When I was a little girl, that beloved spaghetti scene was in every Disney Valentine’s Day special. I missed the Diamond Edition Blu-ray back in 2012, so I was delighted to hear that Lady and the Tramp would be joining the highly celebrated Walt Disney Signature Collection this year. I couldn’t wait to introduce my girls to another Disney classic from my childhood!
Lady and the Tramp is set in small town USA in the early 1900s. Lady’s idyllic life with Jim Dear and Darling is turned upside down when they have a baby boy. Lady takes her new protector role seriously, and when Jim Dear and Darling go on vacation leaving Aunt Sarah in charge, Lady tries to stop Aunt Sarah’s Siamese cats from stealing the baby’s milk. But when they frame Lady for their misbehaviour, Aunt Sarah decides poor Lady must be muzzled.
A frightened Lady runs away and runs afoul of a pack of stray dogs. Tramp, a dog from “the wrong side of the tracks”, fights them off and rescues her. He shows her his footloose and collar-free life and takes her out for a very famous spaghetti dinner. Tramp wants Lady to stay with him, but her love and loyalty for her family wins out. On the way home, she gets picked up by the dog catcher and taken to the pound.
When she finally makes it home, Aunt Sarah chains her up in the yard which leaves her helpless to stop a gigantic rat from climbing into the baby’s room. Her frantic barks alert Tramp who runs into the house and manages to kill the rat. Aunt Sarah misunderstands the situation again and calls the dogcatcher.
Jim Dear and Darling come home and discover the truth, but by that time the dog catcher has already taken Tramp away. Lady’s friends, Jock and Trusty, track the dogcatcher’s wagon and manage to stop it in time for the grateful parents to rescue Tramp. In the end, they adopt him, and Tramp learns to appreciate his new collar and becoming a father to a litter of adorable puppies with Lady.
At its heart, Lady and the Tramp is a love story. The love that Jim Dear and Darling have for each other and for Lady, the love Lady has for them and for their new baby, the love that Lady’s friends Jock and Trusty have for her, and the love that grows between Lady and Tramp. This sweet love story still feels authentic and never syrupy. My girls loved it, but really who doesn’t love talking and singing dogs?
There are some scary moments to be aware of if you’re watching with younger children. I’m thinking in particular of the scenes when a pack of vicious dogs chase Lady, the fight between Tramp and the rat, and when Trusty gets hit by the dogcatcher’s wagon. It’s a Disney movie though, so everything works out happily in the end. Parents should also note that some of the characters haven’t aged as well, particularly the Siamese cats which seem pretty questionable to me with their slanted eyes, buck teeth, and broken English. Of course they are an artifact of the time the movie was made, and this can be an opportunity to talk with kids about stereotypes and how cultural attitudes change.
It’s hard to believe Lady and the Tramp is over 60 years old. Disney has done a phenomenal job restoring this film. The animation is sharp and clear, the colours and blacks are rich and saturated, and the image quality is miles beyond my fuzzy memories of watching this on TV and on old DVDs. You will not be disappointed.
Bonus Features on Blu-ray & Digital
In addition to classic bonus features, all-new extras invite viewers to enter Walt Disney’s original office suite on the Studio lot, discover Walt’s personal passion for pups, and receive a celebrity-hosted spaghetti and meatballs cooking lesson.
- Original Theatrical Edition – Enjoy this cherished Disney classic that captivates audiences of all ages.
- Sing-Along Mode – Sing along with all your favorite songs as you watch the movie.
- Inside Walt’s Story Meetings – As you view the film, hear reenactments of Walt’s story sessions with animators and see how their ideas were realized on-screen.
New Signature Bonus:
- Walt & His Dogs – Through archival recordings and photos, hear the tales of the dogs Walt Disney owned and loved over his lifetime.
- Stories from Walt’s Office – Take a tour of Walt’s office suite on the Studio lot, carefully re-created to look just as it did when he occupied it.
- How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About Lady and The Tramp – Watch a delicious lesson on how to make perfect meatballs with teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show Host Alexys Gabrielle.
- “Peace on Earth”
- “What Is a Baby/La La Lu”
- “The Siamese Cat Song”
- “Bella Notte”
- “He’s a Tramp”
Classic Bonus Features:
- Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad – Walt’s daughter shares memories of her father and Disneyland’s early days, as well as a look at his apartment above the firehouse.
- Never-Recorded Song – “I’m Free as the Breeze” – Take a listen to a song originally meant to be sung by Tramp.
- Introduction of Boris – Tramp wasn’t always meant to be Lady’s only suitor. Meet Boris the aristocrat and Homer the peasant in this deleted scene.
- Waiting for Baby – Lady watches as Jim Dear plans out his new son’s future in this early storyboard.
- Dog Show – See the storyboards for this deleted scene in which Lady and Tramp unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of a dog show.
Classic Bonus Features on Digital Only:
- Lady’s Pedigree: The Making of Lady and the Tramp – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film based on an original story.
- Finding Lady: The Art of the Storyboard – Explore the origins of the storyboard and how they’re used by filmmakers today.
- Original 1943 Storyboard Version of the Film – View a unique presentation of the original 1943 storyboards for “Lady and the Tramp.”
- PuppyPedia: Going to the Dogs – Wild and wacky comedian Fred Willard takes us on an outing to the dog park to learn all about dogs and their owners.
- Deleted Scenes:
- Turning the Tables – In this story-reel presentation, Tramp dreams of a world where dogs run the show and humans are on the other end of the leash.
- The Arrival of Baby – In this alternate scene re-created from original storyboards and with original voice talent, Lady makes way for a new arrival.
- Baby Arrives – Lady is baffled by the strange goings-on in the house—the arrival of a squealing bundle only deepens the mystery.
- Lady’s Sweater – Lady gets a new sweater for her birthday and must figure out an ingenious way to lose it for good.
- 1955 Original Theatrical Trailer – More than just a trailer, this preview features several minutes of footage from the film and introduces each major character.
- 1972 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – This trailer from the 1972 rerelease heralds Disney’s “happiest motion picture”.
- 1986 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – Released theatrically for the 1986 holiday season, this trailer highlights the love story between Lady and the handsome Tramp.
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