DIRECTORS: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson & Hamilton Luske
May Contain Spoilers!
The 15th Walt Disney film and one of the few filmed in CinemaScope, Lady And The Tramp is surly considered to be one of the most endearing of the studio’s classics. Disney has always played it’s hand right when dealing with animals. This time, it’s dogs. Lady is a puppy when she is brought into a large 19th century house by a young couple. Six months later, Lady has grown and is displaced another addition to the family, a baby.
Soon after the child is born, the parents leave for a trip and leave Lady and the baby in the care of the insensitive Aunt Sara who becomes convinced that Lady is a threat to the infant. Lady runs away and strikes up a relation with a cad, known as The Tramp and the famous canine romance ensues.
This is a well told, short and concise Disney tale, jumping in from the get go with strong imagery of a dog’s life, with strong characterisations and some decent anthropomorphism of the dogs. They’re generally likeable and in spite of the misguided actions of the Aunt, the humans escape any real criticism here too. This isn’t Bambi by any stretch!
My main complaint though is Lady’s voice, performed by Barbara Luddy as it’s just too old for the character. Lady is supposed to be six months old and yet she sounds like a 60-year-old woman, whilst in fact she would have been 47 but still, way too old! The rest of the voice talent is fine but her voice jarred considerably.
Overall, this would defiantly be one of the better entries into the Disney cannon and is a beautifully animated and conceived film, though quite short with running time of only 77 minutes.