Lady and the Tramp

I’ve never seen Lady and the Tramp – but I feel like I know the story. It was really hard to get the motivation to watch this one as we feel a bit Disney-ed out at the moment. But, we’re trying to get through the list!

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, it was the first animated feature filmed in the CinemaScope widescreen film process.[2] Based on Happy Dan, The Whistling Dogby Ward Greene, Lady and the Tramp tells the story of a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper-middle-class family, and a male stray mutt named Tramp. When the two dogs meet, they embark on many romantic adventures.” Thanks wiki!

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Age of film: June 1955

Date Watched: 3rd May 2016

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  • Picture Quality 
    • Lincoln – 8
      • Standard solid Disney animation.

    • Sara – 8
      • It was pretty good.
  • Durability
    • Lincoln – 8
      • The concept of opening your eyes and breaking away from the monotony of suburban, mediocre middle/upper class boredom is widely explored in modern cinema. Tramp is like a less psychotic Tyler Durden. I dig it.

    • Sara – 7
      • Solid. Except for the whole dog pound thing which is a little dated I think…does that kinda thing still exist?
  • Songs
    • Lincoln – 6
      • I liked the dogs’ singing and the Italian dinner theme is pretty.

    • Sara – 7
      • None of it was bad, but i wouldn’t say that it was particularly memorable either.
  • Modern Values
    • Lincoln – 7
      • As far as the whole woman-being-saved-by-the-man trope goes, it wasn’t too bad in this film. I’d argue that Lady and the Tramp saved each other equally. However the score gets lowered because the racial stereotyping among the various breeds of dogs/cats is pretty blatant and likely offensive.

    • Sara – 7
      • Darling stayed home and had the baby while Jim Dear went off to work during the day. Also, Tramp pretty much dealt with the Rat (I don’t know if Lady would have done it if she wasn’t tied up though). I thought it was funny how badly Jim Dear wanted a son – and while I’m not a fan of that, that kind of thing is still portrayed in films nowadays.
  • Would We Show it to the Kids
    • Lincoln – 8
      • Yeah I don’t see why not. It’s cute, funny, pretty harmless.

    • Sara – 7
      • I would. Some of the scenes are a little bit scary/sad though.
  • Flow/Length 
    • Lincoln – 7
      • Seemed to get it done pretty efficiently.

    • Sara – 6
      • I think it took a while to get started after the initial cute baby Lady, but it was mostly pretty good.
  • Emotional Attachment
    • Lincoln – 8
      • I was surprised how much I felt for the dogs when they were down on their luck, and I found it to be a pretty funny film at times.

    • Sara – 7
      • I felt sad a lot of the time! They did well at that. Plus the dogs were all pretty cute / funny which I liked.
  • Logic/Plot Holes 
    • Lincoln – 8
      • Aside from the humans treating the dogs almost as people by the end of the film, the movie generally stuck to the laws it stipulated from the get-go.

    • Sara – 7
      • I didn’t really notice any holes.
  • General Enjoyment
    • Lincoln – 8
      • I wasn’t dreading this film but I didn’t know I’d enjoy it as much as I did. I liked the characters I was meant to like, and I disliked the aunt and cats – job well done, Disney!

    • Sara – 7
      • I liked it a lot more than I thought I would! I didn’t want it to hurry up like I have done with a few of the others so that’s good.
  • Would We Watch it Again
    • Lincoln – 7
      • Some time down the line, sure.

    • Sara – 6
      • Probably but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do it.
  • Final Comment
    • Lincoln – I thought they did a good job of guessing what dogs think about when they watch the weird things people get up to. I thought it was good the pound-workers weren’t “bad guys”, they were just doing their jobs. In fact, none of the characters were too extreme, but they were still interesting, and I think that’s always a good thing.
    • Sara – I generally liked it. Given that I’m not usually a fan of talking animal films this was pretty cute. They did a really good job of portraying the animals, making them relatable and interesting.

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Favourite Character

  • Lincoln – Tramp
  • Sara – Trusty

Favourite Song

  • Lincoln – Bella Notte
  • Sara – Bella Notte

Favourite Moment

  • Lincoln – the famous Italian dinner was ridiculous (why are these guys so happy to feed some dogs??) and really sweet, I guess I’m just a big softie.
  • Sara – The puppy scene at the start or the iconic spaghetti scene.

Total Ranking By Lincoln –  76/100

Total Ranking By Sara –  69/100

For questions regarding the ranking system you can read my post on it here.

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Bye for now!

Sara

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