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Lady and the Tramp

Lady & The Tramp

"As my grandpappy, Ol' Reliable, used to say... I don't recollect if I've ever mentioned Ol' Reliable before?"

We finished out animated nomination process with Lady & The Tramp, a classic Disney picture that I had not seen since I was a child, so my memory of it was basically the spaghetti eating scene and the Siamese cat song.

What struck me first was how the film is presented through the POV of a dog, the human characters are mostly seen from the knees down. Very reminiscent of the first Toy Story film where we hardly ever get to see Andy's mother. It also takes awhile before we get to meet Tramp, so the picture feels slow. I doubt the ADD children of today would have the patience for a movie like this.

In addition, there is no real antagonist. We have the rat and Aunt Sarah. Of course we all hate Aunt Sarah and roll our eyes at the absurdity of a dog fighting a rat, but the overall story is more concerned with the "love" of the two dogs. Their love blossoms over a single day, I thought they might have gone on more adventures as a couple, but in reality it's very thin. The film does seem to jump around in time despite not showing us the transitions. One day it's morning, Lady goes outside does a few things, sees her dog friends next door and all of a sudden her master is coming home from work? Threw me off a few times.

The animation is well done, the film cleans up well, I watched it on Disney+. Lady & The Tramp comes off as a simple movie, no flash or excitement, just a story about the love of dogs. As a previous dog owner, I appreciated that.