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Pop Culture Pooches: Lady and the Tramp

Mon, February 04, 2013,

One of the most iconic scenes from Disney in the 20th century is that of Lady and the Tramp kissing while eating spaghetti. After all, how many of us have recreated that charming moment? Despite coming out in 1955, this simple film about a romance between two dogs has proven timeless, and continues to be shared generation to generation.

The movie first was conceived in 1937 as a story about a dog who is shoved aside when her family has a new baby. Drawings were done of an English Springer Spaniel and the idea was sold to Walt Disney. The idea was kicked around for a while, but it didn’t really gain traction until the 1940s when Disney read a short story by Ward Greene called “Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog”, and bought the rights. From then on, the story was re-imagined as a romance, and Lady and the Tramp was born.

The final story as it appeared on screen is rather simple, a prim and proper pup named Lady is overshadowed by the birth of a new baby in her family, and due to an unfortunate series of events ends up out on the street. There, she falls in love with a stray dog named Tramp while he escorts her home.

Part of the appeal of the movie is the loving way dogs are portrayed. The movie is largely told from their perspective. The human’s faces are rarely shown, with their ankles, instead being their primary feature to reflect a dog’s point of view. There is also a charming sequence at the beginning of the movie in which Jim (the human owner) gives his wife Lady for Christmas that is based on a time when Walt Disney presented his wife Lily with a puppy in a hat box.

Over 50 years after this movie was released it remains a favorite for dog-lovers, families and animation buffs. It’s not hard to see why, with charming characters, great songs and of course that oh-so-classic spaghetti scene.


Photo credit: Walt Disney Pictures

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