Lady and the Tramp: Can You Sell an Entire Film on One Scene? Yes, and Here's the Proof
|"Lady and the Tramp" (1955).|
Walt Disney had his own share of idea men. He called them "story men." The wife of one of them, Joe Grant, had a baby around the time that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs came out. Noticing that the family dog suddenly was playing second fiddle to the baby, Joe felt that would make for an interesting story idea. Walt Disney agreed and had his people start working on the idea. Eighteen years later, after World War II had subsided and the studio was back to normal, out came "Lady and the Tramp" (1955).
Jim Dear decides that his wife Darling, who is childless, would like a new dog, so he gives her a cocker spaniel named Lady (Barbara Luddy) for Christmas 1909. Lady grows up and becomes a happy member of the household, making friends with Scottish Terrier Jock (Bill Thompson) and bloodhound Trusty (Bill Baucom) who live down the road.
Things change when Darling is expecting a baby, and Lady feels neglected. Tramp (Larry Roberts), a dog who begs for scraps from a nearby Italian restaurant, happens to be there and says he dislikes the very idea of babies, who are "Just a cute little bundle of trouble." Jock and Trusty run Tramp off, but he makes an impression on Lady.
|Jock, Trusty, Lady, and Tramp.|
|Si and Am, Sarah's two Siamese cats.|
|Tony prepares the big meal.|
|Eating spaghetti in a romantic way.|
|Lady and Tramp kissing.|
|Lady is upset with Tramp.|
|Tramp is a hero!|
|A bright, lively film poster for "Lady and the Tramp."|
|Songbook featuring Peggy Lee.|
|Trusty found the dogcatcher!|
"Lady and the Tramp" remains his signature work, and the animators who took over for him repeatedly referred to his treatments. He didn't get proper credit for his inspiration that made millions of dollars for Disney until after his death, in a 2006 behind-the-scenes film included with a DVD release. Almost all ideas for major animation features come from ancient fairy tales or more recent fantasy novels, so Joe's accomplishment in coming up with something brand new with 'Lady and the Tramp" is truly epic.
|El Capitan theater showing the film recently.|