LADY AND THE TRAMP
In Lady and the Tramp, Disneys penchant for dewy-eyed anthropomorphism and talking animals is at its most outrightly enjoyable. For this reason alone, Lady and the Tramp is perhaps the most unassumingly enjoyable of all Disney talking animals films. It is impossible not to be enchanted by the frolicking and plaintive delights during the first few minutes with Lady forlornly whimpering locked in a room, finding the joy of chasing birds and burying bones and getting the newspaper shredded while trying to bring it in through the door flap. Equally, it is hard not to be moved by Ladys abandonment left alone, trying to pass between a sea of legs at a baby christening, her momentary joy in seeing the baby in its crib.
The romantic scenes are some of the most charming in any Disney film indeed, the scenes between Lady and Tramp, being serenaded by an Italian waiter with an accordion as they eat a plate of spaghetti, sucking up strands of spaghetti to find they have the same one and meeting in a kiss, nudging meatballs across the plate toward the other with their noses, placing pawprints in wet cement are far more enchantingly romantic than any of the scenes involving human characters in the likes of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty or Beauty and the Beast (1991).
Everything in Lady and the Tramp is perfect. The sense of humour is wonderful there is a wonderfully nutty scene convincing a manic beaver to chew through Ladys muzzle so they can use it as a device for dragging logs. The supporting voice cast is neatly done the various breeds of dogs are all characterized by their nationalities, thus the terrier has a Scots accent, the chihuahua is a hot-blooded Latino, the bulldog British, the wolfhound has a Russian accent and so on.
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamps Adventure (2001) was a disappointing direct-to-video sequel. The classic spaghetti eating sequence has been parodied in several films, most notably Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), Disneys own 102 Dalmatians (2000) and The Emperors New Groove 2: Kronks New Groove (2005), Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000) and Underdog (2007).