100 Facts About Lady and the Tramp

Aloha my wonderful merfolk.

This week, I get to talk about one of my favourite Disney movies; Lady and the Tramp. I loved this movie as a child. It was one of the movies that really made me want a pet dog and to this day, I still want a Lady of my own. Or perhaps a Tramp, if we can figure out the breed, or mix, that he is. I am excited for this week and what I get to share with you!

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  1. It was released to theatres on June 22, 1955.
  2. Lady and the Tramp cost $4million to make.
  3. During its initial run, it earned $7.5million.
  4. Lady and the Tramp was the 15th Disney animated feature film.
  5. It was Disney Studios biggest hit since the release of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs almost 20 years earlier.
  6. The movie was inspired by a real dog named Lady.
  7. The dog belonged to Disney writer, Joe Grant.
  8. Walt Disney came up with the name Tramp.
  9. In early drafts, the names Homer, Rags, Bozo and Mutt were suggested.
  10. Movie distributers thought the name Tramp was a little too risqué, but Walt went with the name anyway.
  11. The Disney offices were filled with live animals so the animators had references to draw from.
  12. Woolie Reitherman kept a cage of rats next to his desk so he could gain references for the rat fighting scene.
  13. The dog used so the animators could get references for Tramp, was a female.
  14. Walt Disney adopted this dog from the pound and allowed her to live in an area behind Disneyland saving her from being put down.
  15. The idea for Lady and the Tram came about in 1937.
  16. The rights to Happy Dan: The Whistling Dog , the short story in which the movie is based, was bought in the early 1940s.
  17. At one point, Walt Disney thought the animators had lost their focus and feel for the characters so switched them to other movie projects for about six months.
  18. Disney believed that when he brought back his animators for Lady and the Tramp, they tackled the project with a new-found enthusiasm.
  19. When Lady and the Tramp had been put on a back burner during the war and because of the animator’s lack of focus, Walt almost forgot about it.
  20. Roy Disney encouraged Walt to start working on the movie again in 1952.
  21. Walt giving his wife Lillian a Chow puppy for Christmas in a hat box, inspired the scene at the beginning of the movie.
  22. The Siamese cats were originally called Nip and Tuck
  23. Aunt Sarah was originally going to be called Mumsie and she was a mother-in-law and not an Aunt.
  24. Jim Dear and Darling were once known as Mr and Mrs Fred in an earlier version of the script.
  25. A canary named Trilby and a pet duck that belonged to a neigh our were cut from the story entirely.
  26. A song called I’m Free never made it into the movie.
  27. This song was released as a bonus extra on the Blu-Ray release of the movie in 2012.
  28. At one stage, Walt Disney was very against the famous spaghetti scene as he couldn’t believe that two dogs could romantically share a strand of spaghetti.
  29. Peggy Lee voiced Si and Am, Peg the Dog and Darling.
  30. She sued Disney for $25 million in royalties and damages.
  31. She believed that she should be receiving money for VHS releases as it came under the umbrella of transcriptions.
  32. The court awarded her $3.83 million in 1991.
  33. Originally, Trusty the Bloodhound was meant to die at the end of the movie.
  34. One reason given as to why Walt changed his mind about Trusty, states that he did not wish to receive the same amount of criticism he received for killing Bambi’s mother.
  35. The other story I that he saw Peggy Lee crying and she told him that the Trusty scene was simply too sad.
  36. Lady and the Tramp was the first animated film to be made in CinemaScope.
  37. This meant that the film was essentially shot twice; once in square aspect ration and once in widescreen.
  38. Many theatres were not equipped to hold CinemaScope, hence the movie also being filmed in aspect ratio.
  39. Animators used their own faces as reference for the characters.
  40. The setting of the movie was inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri.
  41. Walt asked Ward Green, the writer of Happy Dan, to write a novel of the story so that viewers would be familiar with it before the movie came out.
  42. This story was titled, Lady and the Tramp: The Story of Two Dogs.
  43. It was released in 1953 and served as the main source of material for the Disney movie.
  44. Lady and the Tramp was the last movie in which Wolfgang Reitherman worked on as an animator.
  45. Peggy Lee wrote all the songs that feature in lady and the Tramp alongside Sonny Burke.
  46. She sang four of these songs.
  47. Barbara Luddy voiced Lady and was 46 at the time the film was made.
  48. Lee Millar who voiced Jim Dear was the son of Verna Felton who voiced Aunt Sarah.
  49. Larry Roberts voiced Tramp in what would be his only film role.
  50. Since it’s original release, Disney has re-released Lady and the Tramp into theatres five times.
  51. Over the years, it has earned over $93.6million in theatres.
  52. Lady and Tramp can be spotted on the streets of London in 101 Dalmatians.
  53. Originally, Lady was only going to have one neighbour and he was going to be called Hubert.
  54. Jim Dear and Darling in early scripts were also known as Jim Brown and Elizabeth
  55. To maintain a dog’s perspective, Jim Dear and Darlings faces are very rarely shown.
  56. The rat was originally a more comic character but was changed to a more frightening one to raise tensions in the latter half of the movie.
  57. In an early version of the script, there was a scene in which Tramp describes a world where the roles of both dogs and humans were switched.
  58. There was also originally a love triangle between lady, Tramp and a Russian wolfhound named Boris.
  59. Boris does appear in the dog pound in the final version but the love triangle idea was cut.
  60. In 1949, Joe Grant left Walt Disney studios yet his original sketches of Lady and his original stories were continuously used by the Disney story guys.
  61. Grant didn’t receive film credit for his story work.
  62. Originally, the background artist for the movie was meant to be Mary Blair.
  63. She did do some inspirational sketches for the film but left the studio in 1953 to become an illustrator for childrens books.
  64. Claude Coats was appointed key background artist.
  65. Model of Him Dear and Darlings house were created at the studios with Coats taking photos and filming video from low down in order to gain a dogs perspective of the surroundings.
  66. Eyvind Earle did almost 50 concept sketches for the Bella Notte sequence and became a key contributor to Lady and the Tramp.
  67. Lady and the Tramp was released on VHS and laserdisc in 1987 and 1998.
  68. These were for the Disney’s the Classics and Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection respectively.
  69. Lady and the Tramp was restored and remastered for the DVD release on February 28th
  70. The film was released on Blu-Ray on March 20th
  71. Lady and the Tramp has a rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  72. The film was names number 95 of 100 of the 100 Greatest Love Stories of All Time by the American Film Institute.
  73. In 2010, the soundtrack for Lady and the Tramp was called one of the all-time greatest Disney and Pixar soundtracks by Rhapsody.
  74. In June 2011, TIME named Lady and the Tramp as one of The 25 All-TIME Best Animated Films.
  75. The score for the movie was composed and conducted by Oliver Wallace.
  76. A remastered version of the soundtrack was released by Walt Disney Records on CD on September 9th
  77. It was released as a digital download on September 26th, 2006.
  78. Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure was released straight to video on February 27th
  79. Lady and the Tramp was the first film since Cinderella to not feature Kathryn Beaumont and Heather Angel.
  80. It remains debateable as to who the main antagonist of the movie is: Si & Am, Aunt Sarah or the Rat.
  81. Si and Am were highly criticized for their racial stereotyping of Asians and Asian Americans.
  82. Disney was also criticised for their racial portrayals of Italians with Tony and Joe and Mexicans with the Mexican Accented Chihuahua.
  83. Two episodes of the television show Disneyland, about the production of the film, aired before the release of the movie.
  84. These episodes were titled A Story of Dogs and Cavalcade of Songs.
  85. Despite being a huge box office success, critics were harsh about the film at first, saying the dogs had the dimensions of hippos and that the work of the artists was below par.
  86. The spaghetti scene is now considered an iconic scene in American film.
  87. It has been parodied many times in both Disney and Non-Disney films.
  88. Another deleted scene from the movie involved Lady having a nightmare in a scene called Parade of the Shoes.
  89. It was going to be like the Pink Elephants on Parade nightmare from Dumbo.
  90. It was to involve the baby’s shoes continuously multiplying before fading out into a real pair of shoes and the announcement that the baby had been born.
  91. The beaver in the film is similar to the one in Winnie the Pooh as he whistles when he makes the S sound.
  92. A whistle was eventually used to recreate the sound as it was hard to maintain whilst recording the lines.
  93. Stan Freberg provided the voice for the beaver.
  94. Hiring Peggy Lee can be seen as the first-time Disney hired a superstar voice for one of his movies.
  95. Walt Disney classed lady and the Tramp as a ‘fun’ picture to make as it was an original story and was easily changed and modified as they got to know the characters better.
  96. In early versions of the script, that Rat had been named as Herman.
  97. In the 1999 home release of the movie, some of the original dialogue was missing from some scenes in the movie.
  98. This was believed to have been caused by the restoration process.
  99. The song howled by the dogs in the pound is Home Sweet Home by The Mellomen.
  100. It is the only song in the film not to be written by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke.

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