Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lady and the Tramp

On to one that I haven't watched in a super long time, and I had to get it from the library, which means we didn't own it.  So I know that I must not have watched it all that much when I was young, so my memory of it is pretty small.  The older Disney movies have been pretty hit or miss with me - sometimes I love them and they are classics, and sometimes I just don't care for them.  This one was actually really cute, and I enjoyed it a lot.

When it comes down to it, it's another love story.  It has one of the most famous romantic scenes ever... I'd say not just from a Disney movie, but from any movie: the spaghetti scene.  Their relationship is the typical bad boy/good girl relationship.  I guess the main criticism of this movie, at least Jason's main issue with it, was that she fell in love with him almost instantly.  I tried to point out that that happens in almost every movie, but he said he still doesn't like it.  And it's true, their love doesn't necessarily make sense, but maybe that's why it's good :)

The two neighborhood dogs that Lady associates with are pretty funny, too.  I was actually not expecting one of them to get almost killed, and for a moment I definitely thought that he was a goner.  We really only get a glimpse into the lives of these dogs, so there isn't much time for the relationships to really pan out or be explored.  We just take a lot for granted, like the friendship between these three and the relationship between Lady and the Tramp.

The Music
There are actually a few pretty decent songs from this movie, though none have really gone down in Disney legend like some of th major tunes.  "Bella Notte" is probably the most famous one, sung by the Italian restaurant men.  I really enjoy the jazzy feel of "He's a Tramp," a fun song sung by the super talented Peggy Lee.  She does the voice for a number of characters in this film, including Peg.  The other song worth mentioning is "The Siamese Cat" song - while not a fantastic song, for some reason or another it's fairly well known, though I actually didn't remember that it was from this movie.

The Villain
The Siamese cats are definitely the biggest villains in this one.  I'm definitely a cat person, but they made me angry.  They are complete jerks for no reason, and frame Lady and get her into all sorts of trouble.  Apparently in earlier versions of the movie they showed some remorse and helped out at the end, but that didn't happen this time.  Also, even though Aunt Sarah is supposed to just make some mistakes because of circumstances, she actually turned out to really make me mad.  Who watches their sister's house and puts a muzzle on the dog while she's gone?

The WDW Connection
The only real connection here is a restaurant located in the Magic Kingdom.  It's called Tony's Town Square, and it's an Italian restaurant that is supposed to be modeled after the restaurant in the movie.  I've heard that there are several tributes to our favorite dogs inside the restaurant.  Jason and I have reservations there while we're in Disney, so I guess we'll find out!

Becky's rating:  8.5 out of 10
Jason's rating:  7.5 out of 10

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