D50: Lady and the Tramp

After the disappointments of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, it felt so good to see another excellent Disney movie.  This movie was Lady and the Tramp. Growing up I heard some much about it, and there is no way, if you grew up in any town that is sort of civilized, that you have not seen the famous spaghetti kiss. This is all I knew about it. I had no idea what the plot was, who were the characters (outside of Lady and the Tramp), nothing. And to my surprise, it is actually a pretty great movie, although it’s not quite a masterpiece.

The reason for this is that, while beautifully told, there is way too little story. That shouldn’t really be a problem, like with Bambi, which has very little plot but has lots to tell. But this one is a simple semi-coming-of-age story, but that’s about it. But it is so beautifully told that I’m willing to overlook that.

The animation in this one is different than any of the previous Disney movies, and I actually liked it more than in the previous two movies. It’s just as detailed and fluid, but it looks way more artistic. I also loved that the voices were appropriately cast and none of the voices were annoying. And the romantic scenes were beautifully handled, which makes it easy to see why they are iconic. There is very little to dislike about this one.

Well, I did hate the Siamese cats. What were they thinking? I also hated how they handled the possible death of a character. It would have been so much more affecting and beautiful. Anyways, these are minor marks against it. It’s one that I’m looking forward to revisit on Blu-ray next year, and in cinemascope.


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