Jungle Book – Jon


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“In the jungle, the mighty jungle….” things happen.

So. Jungle Book. Lemme tell you about a story about Sarah’s and my relationship with this movie.

About three years ago, Sarah and I were hanging out and for some reason we were talking about Disney movies. Weird. I know. And somehow, it turned to Jungle Book. And we both realized that, although we both grew up on quite a bit of Disney, this movie included, neither of us could remember what the hell it was about.

So we ran over to my parents house, grabbed the VHS they keep around for when family with little kids come over, and watched it.

Fast forward to this past weekend when we watched this movie for the blog, and we still couldn’t have told you what it was about. And I’m sure in a year, I won’t be able to tell you again. Why? Because, just like Sword in the Stone, this movie has a beginning, an end, and everything in between really doesn’t have anything to do with either.

The beginning is about a young human boy who is abandoned in the forest. He grows up with the animals and, at a tender young age, meets Jane. Wait. That’s not right. I’m thinking Tarzan.

The child, Mowgli, grows up with the animals and, at a tender young age, is voted out of the jungle because Shere Khan, a human hating tiger, is in that neck of the woods and is likely to eat the young lad. So to keep him safe, they decide he needs to go live in a human village. Either that, or the moral is that the expediency of tossing out an outsider to protect your own is just. Anyway, so the panther that originally found him, Bagheera, takes him off.

First, the two encounter a sneaky snake, Kaa, voiced by Sterling Holloway (Pooh) who tries to eat him. Because bony little human boys are delicious. What I took away from this is that the jungle was dangerous regardless of Shere Khan. But Khan is like, super badass, so I guess the comparison is moot.

Regardless, they sneak by him, and Bagheera and Mowgli get in a fight because Mowgli thinks he’s invincible and will take out a tiger. I guess he’s hitting puberty?

So Mowgli takes off only to meet a bear. But it’s a friendly bear. In fact, it’s a pretty awesome bear. It’s Baloo. I have a particular fondness for this bear, although not because of this movie, but because of the spinoff using the Jungle Book characters that appeared in 1990: Tale Spin. I can’t much remember what that was about either, but I know I did watch a lot of it as a child.

Baloo teaches him to be a bear with a really memorable song, but then some damn dirty apes kidnap Mowgli and there’s another good song. They want him to teach them to make fire. But he doesn’t know and Baloo comes to steal him back anyway. Baloo is convinced that Mowgli needs to go back to the man village, so there’s some direction back towards the plot, but then Mowgli runs off again only to get a Kaa redux. Thanks to Shere Khan interrupting Mowgli escapes only to run off into the forbidden lands (I suspect hyenas lurk there) and meet some buzzards.

This is another bit that, although the plot doesn’t stick with me, always did. The buzzards sit around taking about what they want to do. Of course the other buzzards are all, “I dunno. Wot you wanna do?” So whenever someone pulls that with me, I always respond “Ah, now don’t start that again.”

Most people don’t know what I’m talking about.

Mowgli wanders by and is feeling rather sad so they sing him a barbershop quartet song which is interrupted by Shere Khan who, surprise! wants to eat Mowgli. Baloo and Bagheera show up and there’s a rather unexciting battle with lots of hair pulling. Until lightning strikes some brush. Simba and Scar fight while everything’s on fire…. uh… Wrong movie again.

They all fight until Mowgli ties a burning branch to the tiger’s tail which apparently scares him off.

After the duel, they drop by a town and he sees a girl. Apparently he gets twitterpated because he completely forgets everything about the jungle and runs off after the girl (another Bechdel Test failure).

Oddly enough, there’s some precedent for this. The most famous is Victor of Aveyron. A child grew up in a forest in France and entered the town. He was adopted but never had a very good time of it. Language, for the most part, proved beyond his grasp and he never fit in.

But the movie doesn’t show any of that. Instead, it cuts off with him skirt chasing. And that’s why it’s a kids movie.


Sword in the Stone – Jon


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Oh hai. We’re back with some Sword in the Stone.

Classic story. King Arthur is probably one of the best known kings there’s been. Which is interesting. Because there’s debate to whether or not he actually existed. Contemporary references to him are sparse, vague, and many historians aren’t convinced. Whatever. He’s in good company.

The main story that people know has something to do with killer rabbits and holy hand grenades. There’s lots of components to the legend but the most enduring part is the eponymous portion for this movie: The pulling of the sword from the stone. Which has almost nothing to do with this movie.

Really, this movie can be summed up as follows: Arthur is a squire for a jerk. Merlin knows he’s going to make it big and thus goes all Obi-Wan to train the boy. Things happen. He pulls the sword from the stone and lives happily ever after.

There’s not even a damsel in distress. As with so many other Disney movies, this one bombs the Bechdel Test. Instead, we get a highly educated owl, Archimedes. I really like this little guy. Partly because he shares a voice actor with Rabbit from the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh which we’ll get to in another decade or so.

I do have to say I like Merlin in this too. He’s rather eccentric, but he’s very big on the brain over brawn. So he turns him into a fish, squirrel, and bird which puts him in situations he has to think his way out of since it’s such an unfamiliar situation. He teaches him things like gravity, which won’t be discovered for a few hundred years. But Merlin’s up on it, because he’s a time traveler.

After going through all this training, Arthur ends up still being a squire to Jerk who takes them to a tournament in London which will determine who the king is. Because apparently everyone forgot that the rightful king is supposed to be the one that pulls the sword from the stone. Which Arthur does.

And suddenly the plot (and everyone else) forgets about anything that’s gone on and it’s all about the sword being pulled. Which wasn’t pulled out thanks to anything Merlin taught Arthur, but rather, due to a complete brain fart. Way to subvert the majority of the movie.

There’s a lot of good points to this movie, but the rather random feeling to the whole movie was kinda a buzzkill.

Meanwhile, Sarah’s still in Disney Land so she’ll be catching up on posts when she gets back. As a note, while writing this post she sent me a text saying “Oh my gosh, I’m going to need some convincing to catch up on blog posts”. So if you like reading this blog, please, leave a comment or share this site so we know that the traffic we see isn’t just google bots.

Hiatus Updatus – Jon


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Looks like there won’t be a post this week either. Sarah and I took a trip to Marceline, MO (Walt’s childhood home). She’ll have some pictures of that and I’m sure she’ll write up a post on it, but for now, she’s finishing up a 280 page paper for her master’s degree, so wish her luck.

In the meantime, walking around a midwest town on a sunny day with it being 90º out yesterday took its toll. We’d planned on doing a bit of catching up last night, but I ended up with no energy, a migraine, and 11 hours of sleep last night to recover. What a wonderful cinco de Mayo.

With any luck, we’ll be able to get in at least one or two movies next weekend between her graduation and leaving on a well deserved vacation.

In the meantime, io9 had a fun post on the math in Alice in Wonderland so check that out while we get everything in order on our end.

Brief Interlude


I’ve been busy this week traveling for work and Sarah is busy with her final semester of grad school + moving. As a result, we’re not able to get together this week. With any luck we’ll be able to find some time during the week, but it’s not looking likely either. So we may be holding off until next weekend and doing a double feature.

101 Dalmatians – Jon


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Although the tagline Sarah and I came up with was “reliving childhood”, 101 Dalmatians is the first of the movies I’ve felt was a real part of my childhood. Although I’d seen most of the films up till now, they weren’t ones that my family had on VHS. This one we did.

Going into this movie, I expected that knowing what was happening next would make me more likely to fall asleep in the same manner that I can’t actually sit down and watch Star Wars anymore because I’ve seen it so many times I’m nearly asleep before the opening scroll is finished.

But as we watched this film, I found myself far more engaged with it than most of the rest of what we’ve watched thus far. This may have also had something to do with the fact that even among the Disney movies I grew up on, 101 Dalmations was a favorite. I even had a poster on the wall in my bedroom for quite some time.

As I used to go to sleep, in the darkness of the room, I used to stare at the patterns of spots on the puppies. Much like the face of a quintissential ghost made out of a sheet, I often saw faces in those spots. Some looked happy. Some looked angry. Many looked confused.

On nights I couldn’t sleep, I often wondered how many “faces” there were on the poster. Since the faces were composed of three spots arranged in a triangle, with two being the eyes and one being the mouth, should I count it if you “rotated” the triangle to change which were which? I no longer have the poster, but the question still intrigues me as a mathematical puzzle. Perhaps I’ll have to really sit down and consider it one day.

Regardless, the idea of seeing images from random placements and orientations of spots is a phenomenon we’ve discussed before. It’s pariedolia. Our minds are tuned to extract useful information from the general noise of the world, and this phenemenon is simply that process reaching too far and attributing meaning to nonsense.

Of course, it’s not always meaningless. Knowing that we have this propensity to see faces and ascribe meaning and emotion to them allowed animators in this movie to make Cruella DeVil the “evil thing” she was. For example, her car took on the appearance of an angry glaring face thanks to its headlights.

Cruella is also always shown in thick furs that make her silohette much larger than her true appearance. Again, our subconscious has something to say about this: Large things are more apt to be perceived as dangerous. Interestingly enough, the opposite is true. A recent study showed that when subjects were shown various images of hands holding various objects, we tend to anticipate that the bearer of someone holding a gun was larger than they actually were and larger than they, on average, rated the bearers of other objects. And by no small amount; the amount was somewhere between 10 and 20%.

I think this is why I have always liked Cruella as a villain. She doesn’t just get under your skin. She’s in your mind! She also has an annoying tendency of being omnipresent. Puppies are being born? She just happens to be in the neighborhood.

In the intro to the DVD, they featured an anti-smoking segment with Cruella’s green haze of smoke and Pongo wrinkling his nose with the tagline “Don’t be Cruel” (har har). Of course, it’s a bit of an oversight that Roger’s smoking is never depicted as particularly loathsome. I suppose the message is that smoking pipes that don’t leave green clouds is ok?

Anyway, plot.

Pongo and Roger live together and Pongo’s upset because he doesn’t get to do much so he decides to hook Roger up. The criteria? The woman should be pretty. That is all. Good to know dogs are shallow too (“fifteen puddles stolen? Balderdash!”).

He manages to find him a suitable mate and they fall madly in pond together. Oh, and she has a dalmation named Perdita for a dog too. Which is good. Those little dogs that fit in a purse are just dumb. Like dauchhunds. Wretched little things they are.

Pongo and Perdita end up having quite the litter together. Fifteen puppies. And Cruella wants ’em. But Roger, who has an understandable dislike for her, refuses to sell.

So Cruella storms off (on the stormy night) and hires a pair of thieves (the bumbling sort that try to break into the home of kids that are Home Alone) to steal the puppies. They do, and take them to the DeVil mansion in suffolk along with 84 other puppies which were “bought and paid for” legally. Cruella plans to turn them into coats, but Pongo and Perdita use wrangle up the Lady & the Tramp crew and some other dogs to find ’em.

When Pongo and Perdita learn where their puppies are, they set off to rescue them. After a montage they arrive just as the puppies make their escape. The two decide to adopt all the puppies and begin the trek back to London. Cruella and her sneakthieves chase them.

A few towns away, they plan to catch a moving van back to London, but Cruella cruises the street between their hideout and the van. So Pongo gets the bright idea of covering themselves in soot to look like Labradors. As if 101 Labradors wouldn’t be in any way suspicious. Especially if 17 of them had collars that were covered with soot…

But the baddies don’t appear to notice (I’m pretty sure it’s because Cruella had motor mania) at least until they get dripped on by melting snow and ice from the roofs, washing off the soot.

This prompts a furious car chase in which Cruella and the baddies end up crashed in a ditch, but otherwise unharmed.

The dogs all make it home and everything is peachy keen. Roger and Anita decide to keep all the puppies and move out to the country to start a dalmation plantation. Where they’ll presumably make lots more. And do what with them? Uh, I’m not sure, but I bet I know a buyer.

In fact, I bet Cruella would want to be a majority shareholder given she legally owned the vast majority of their puppy capitol. But I guess that slipped her mind. Perhaps she had a concussion from the crash and didn’t remember anything.

We might also wonder at the effect when Roger’s song about Cruella went viral. It could quite well be taken as slanderous, but then again, this was set in a far less litigious time period. Either that or she did take it to court and the judge decided it was accurate.

One can only hope.

Sleeping Beauty – Sarah


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The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. But… before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger, on the spindle of a spinning wheel – AND DIE!

Ah yes, Sleeping Beauty. The movie with both my favorite Disney villain and my favorite Disney prince, but, alas, not my favorite princess.

Sleeping Beauty is the third of Walt Disney’s “princess” movies, following Snow White and Cinderella. (I put princess in quotation marks due to a personal annoyance with a matter – we’ll discuss that in a couple weeks.) It would also be the last princess film that Walt would make. The next royal film would not appear until 1989 with The Little Mermaid. Odd how much Disney is known for (marketing) their princesses when Walt was only around for the first three – there are 10 “official” Disney princesses, and several not counted in the line-up. MOVING ON!

As Jon pointed out, Sleeping Beauty is based upon the 17th century fairy tale “La Belle au Bois Dormant” by Charles Perrault. However, nearly two centuries later,  Pyotr Tchaikovsky scored a ballet of the fairy tale. The Disney film is based on both versions of the story (conveniently leaving out rape and whatnot.) Speaking of the ballet – much of the score is used in the soundtrack (or the soundtrack is based upon the ballet) of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. However, the film is just as much original Disney as it is either of those.

The oddest thing about the film, Sleeping Beauty, is that it is the story of a princess who is cursed  to die or sleep forever. Her only chance of survival is true love’s kiss or something. However, the title character – Sleeping Beauty herself – only appears in the film for 18 minutes.  So what happens in the film if the title character isn’t around? Good question.

King Stephen and Queen Leah have a baby (and the peasants rejoice.) They throw a party to honor the new princess. Their friend, King Hubert, and his son, Prince Phillip, come, baring some kind of gift. Afterwards, three fairies come bestowing the girls of beauty and song . Uh oh. In poofs Maleficent, Mistress of Evil.

She apparently is the mistress of some dark forbidden mountain. (It is unclear exactly how she and King Hubert relate to the kingdom.) Anyhow, she is pissed because she wasn’t invited to the birthday party. She doesn’t get cake and one of the fairies pisses her off further by saying “You weren’t wanted!” So what does Maleficent do? Curses the princess and says she will die when she is 16. Maleficent’s motive throughout the whole film seems to be based on her being unwanted. While a weak motive, she happens to be a bad ass. Maleficent leaves. Fairies raise baby. Baby grows up to be beautiful (although painfully thin) falls in love with a prince, blah blah blah.

But speaking of the fairies (including Maleficent), I have to wonder, what exactly are their powers? Merryweather can’t undo Maleficent’s curse. The good fairies don’t help Phillip defeat the dragon until they have to. Maleficent sent her goons to find Aurora. It seems that they only have powers sometimes. Maybe they should hook up with the chocolate pot roast eating giant who has odd and random powers, as well.

Okay, back to the history and process.  You wouldn’t be reading this if you haven’t seen the film, right?

Sleeping Beauty cost Walt Disney Productions six million dollars to make, and it took them six years to do so. Now, when I say six years, I don’t mean like Alice or Peter where there were concepts and then put on hold for a while. I am talking six years of actual production time. The animators were only able to draw one frame a day.  For those of you who don’t know, it takes 24 frames to make 1 second of film.

As for the animation, itself:

  • Sleeping Beauty was the last Disney animated film to use hand-inked cells, but we’ll talk more about that for our next film.
  • The film was made in SUPER widescreen (called super technirama 70) because in 1959,TVs were increasingly popular and less people were going to the movies. The only other animated film in this format would be The Black Cauldron (1985) Walt had to make this one special (AND NOT LIKE SNOW WHITE OR CINDERELLA)
  • The stylist for the film was a gentleman by the name of Eyvind Earle, who worked on several shorts, along with Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp. He is the reason why (generally) everything in the background remains in focus and people are standing still (to resemble paintings). These ideas drove the animators bonkers,  but as it turns out, it is beautifully executed. (Probably my favorite art of all the Disney films) After this film, Eyvind quit the company to work on his own artwork.
  • Walt didn’t like the “I Wonder” scene (when Aurora first goes to “pick berries” and is singing – she has not yet met Phillip) – he thought it was boring and needed more cute animals. Consequently, the deflating owl is probably one of my favorites.
  • Most of the live-action references were not provided by the voice actors (unlike Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, and Cinderella) because they did not look the part.

I also want to point out the magnificent Eleanor Audley, the voice of the Mistress of Evil, Maleficent. You may recognize her as the voice of Lady Tremaine from Cinderella or the voice of Leota (the woman in the crystal ball) from the Haunted Mansion ride. Walt wanted her for the voice of Maleficent but she turned him down due to tuberculosis. Eventually, she gave in and is one of the most memorable Disney voices and villains.

For all you Disney Parks enthusiasts, you’ll remember that the castle in the center of Disneyland is called “Sleeping Beauty Castle.” However, the park, including the castle, was built in 1955, whereas the film came out in 1959. You’ll also notice the park castle looks nothing like the movie castle. Such is life. BUT if you did walk through the castle (from 1957 to 2001), you will be able to view dioramas of the film. Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong also feature a Sleeping Beauty castle whereas Walt Disney World features Cinderella Castle.

For more Sleeping Beauty goodness (kind of), check out:

Last but not least, a quick survey:
Would Sleeping Beauty be released today with a G rating? Would it have been made today at all? Maleficent’s scripting has several words that I (or my students) wouldn’t be allowed to say in school. The dragon scene? Amazing, but SCARY. Thoughts? 

Also – sorry, not many GIFs/images this week. I’m in the process of my last couple weeks of graduate school and am packing to move within the next month, along with preparing a Disneyland trip. However, if you have a request, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll get around to it when I can.

Animated GIFs – Sarah


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Hello dear readers!

Sarah here. Jon and I have noticed a lot of people taking an interest in our animated GIFs. If you have a request for a GIF, go ahead and leave a comment.  If I have easy access to the film, they are simple to make….when or if I have some free time.

And now back to our regularly scheduled Disney posts 🙂

Sleeping Beauty – Jon


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Much like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty is another well known fairy tale that Disney adopted. Also like it, the original version was cleansed of many of the more violent and disturbing portions. The story is based on an earlier, Italian fairy tale, “Sola, Luna, e Talia” (“Sun, Moon, and Talia”).

In that version, the princess was not awakened by a kiss. Rather, a king who was out hunting stumbles across her sleeping and, when unable to rouse her, rapes her, impregnating her with twins which she bears while still asleep. When unable to suckle, one instead sucks on her finger drawing out the flax that put her to sleep and she awakens. The queen eventually finds out about this and, instead of having any ire for the king, decides that the children should be cooked and eaten, but the cook substitutes lamb. The fake feast is served to the king. Still, the queen decides to have Talia burned at the stake, but the king discovers this and has the queen burned instead and then marries Talia.

The story ends with the lines: “Lucky people, so ’tis said, He who has luck may go to bed, And bliss will rain upon his head.”

The moral? If you’re lucky, you can be a rapist and good things will happen!

Yes. This is what Disney is based on.

But things were changed. Like the name of the princess. She is now named Aurora after the morning dawn…. Of course, aurorae have nothing to do with the dawn. Rather they are glowing interactions when charged particles blown off the sun during highly energetic electromagnetic events and then funneled down through the Earth’s atmosphere, mostly at the poles, by magnetic fields. When they strike the particles in our atmosphere, it ionizes them and upon recombination, light is emitted.

Typically, this phenomenon is limited to the far northern latitudes, but when the Sun gets really violent, they can be seen at much lower latitudes. Just last year, a good solar storm made them visible here in Missouri where I spotted them as a glowing red cloud in the Northern sky. In 1859, there was a solar storm that was so large aurorae were even seen at latitudes as low as the Caribbean! This was known as the Carrington event and was caused by a solar flare that was so bright, it was visible to the naked eye.

Anyway, the princess’ name again changes as she’s adopted by three fairy godmothers who call her Briar Rose to hide her from the evil Maleficent who is a self described mistress of all evil. Maleficent is a character that I quite like, ultimately because of her major role in the Kingdom Hearts series.

She puts a curse on the pricess that will cause her to die when she pricks her finger on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday. But one of the fairy godmothers weakens the curse with her magic making her fall asleep until kissed by her True Love™.

On her 16th birthday, when Maleficent’s curse is to come true, the fairy godmothers finally use their magic to make her a cake and a dress, but it ends up tipping Maleficent off and she ensures the girl finds the spindle.

The fairy godmothers realize they stole the girl away from her family for 16 years and dropped the ball at the last second, decide to stage a cover up by putting the entire kingdom to sleep. Which makes little sense. The princess was already betrothed to the prince. So why would the fairy godmother have required that the kiss be from some stranger and not him? Did she realize right then that the prince wasn’t likely to be in any way in love with her (despite the blessing of beauty and singing from the other two fairies) and that it was truly a marriage of convenience?

If so, then how did they ever expect the true love to find her?

It’s a weak plot point.

But they eventually figure out that the prince, fortunately, happens to be her True Love™, and hasten to rescue him giving him a sword and shield. He hastens to the princess’ rescue and doesn’t rape her, but instead, kisses her, which is still sexual assault. But she retroactively gives consent which I guess makes it more acceptable. Especially since they live Happily Ever After with a distinct lack of eating children.

The art in the movie is very well done in my opinion. It’s one of the more visually attractive movies as I see it. That, combined with the music, makes it a definite favorite. “Once Upon a Dream” is an absolutely gorgeous song. So much so, that at Naka Kon this year, we included it in our formal ball, even though it didn’t fit the main theme of the convention of being from a Japanese anime or video game.

Lady and the Tramp – Sarah


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He’s a tramp, but they love him….breaks a new heart every day…

I’m fairly neutral about the story of Lady and the Tramp. It’s never been one of my favorites, but never a least favorite, either. As a kid, my favorite part was the siamese cat song, but that was more from a Sing A Long Songs VHS I had, not because of the actual movie.

The year is 1955. Business is booming for the Walt Disney Company. Their last three films have been a HUGE financial hit. This also happens to be the year in which Disneyland would open in Anaheim, CA. A big year, to say the least.

The original story of Lady and the Tramp started in the late 1930s, much like Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and of course, Snow White. Joe Grant, an artist at the company (who designed the hag in Snow White) began writing about his Springer Spaniel, Lady. Of course, his personal dog, got shoved aside for his new baby. This story did not contain the Tramp. The movie got put on hold because Walt hated the character of Lady.

Tramp would appear in the 1940s when Walt bought the rights to Ward Greene’s story “Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog.” Joe Grant’s Lady fell in love with Ward Greene’s tramp and a story was made. Walt greenlighted the project yet again. However, like the films before it, Lady and the Tramp got put on hold again because of the war.

In 1953, Ward Greene, wrote a new version of the story, “Lady and the Tramp” (at Walt’s request). This would then become Walt’s source material and would allow the public to get to know the story before the film.

My favorite fun fact about the film is Walt’s personal connection. Walt’s studio was a success. He was building Disneyland. He was out of the house a lot. On one particular occasion, he came home very late (and supposedly very drunk). Lillian, his wife, was upset and locked him out of the house. The next morning, Walt presented her with a puppy in a hatbox. This very scene would be used in the film, Lady and the Tramp.

Other random fact: Walt didn’t want to include the spaghetti scene. One of his animators did it anyway. Walt ended up liking it.

Character Voices:

Bill Thompson (as discussed in my previous post) provides the voice of Jock and several other minor characters.

Verna Felton (Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Queen of Hearts in Alice, etc etc.) plays Aunt Sarah.

Peggy Lee, a famous songstress, provided the voices of the Siamese cats, Peg, and Darling.

Alas, that is all I have for this week. Until next time…

Lady and the Tramp – Jon


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Lady and the Tramp is another of the movies that I haven’t seen in such a long time that I couldn’t remember anything going into it except the scene everyone knows involving meatballs. Hence, I had no real expectations for this film. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing.

We start off on Christmas day and Jim Dear gives Darling a dog in a hatbox. It has been surprisingly well behaved that entire time. Not, you know, barking, moving around, or pooping in the box or anything else to give it away that there’s something alive in there. And not a hat. And Darling doesn’t figure it out when she picks up the box to unwrap it and it’s considerably heavier than a hat. Or perhaps she’s just playing along. I bet she’s the kind that peeks the night before….

Anyway, they name her Lady and she’s a high society sort. Collar and everything. She’s respectable. She has a few friends that are upper crust too. The first is Jock, a Scottish Terrier who squirrels bones away like he’s one of those people preparing for the apocalypse. Which makes some sense since the movie supposedly takes place (starting) in 1909 and Earth passed through the tail of Haley’s comet in 1910, causing a panic because astronomers had detected poisonous cyanogen gas in its spectra.

Her other friend is Trusty, a bloodhound with a poor sense of smell who dreams of his glory days with his grandfather, Old Reliable, who he can’t quite remember telling everyone about.

She ends up meeting the Tramp who is definitely the Wrong Sort since he doesn’t have a collar, eats out of trash cans, and isn’t beholden to a family. Instead, he spends his days chasing chickens and springing his fellow strays from the dog catcher. Lady and Tramp run into one another when he’s out on the town and warns Lady that babies moving in means dogs move out. She ignores this best she can but after a terrible misunderstanding with Aunt Sally who comes to babysit so the Dear/Darling pair can have a much needed vacation, the message begins to sink in. Aunt Sally has two Siamese cats who are rather meddling and get Lady in quite a bit of trouble, leading Aunt Sally to muzzle Lady who runs off and meets up with Tramp again. He takes her to the zoo and finds a beaver who reminds me of a particular Gopher (although different voice actors), that snaps it off for her.

The two galavant about the town until Lady is caught by the dog catcher and temporarily put in the pound. I suppose the tags on collars didn’t simply have a return address on them 100 years ago. While there, she learns that Tramp is quite a philanderer. When she gets home, Lady is chained in a dog house and when Tramp stops by she scorns him until a rat sneaks in (which is apparently unheeded by the pair of cats), and Tramp chases after it for her. The rat, apparently, was after the baby. I didn’t know that this was a common occurrence (I have quite a few friends with rats who have no biting problems), but apparently rat bites are a big thing (second example that’s much less squeamish friendly). Still, I don’t buy it. We all know how adorable rats are.

But when the Dear/Darling pair shows up and Lady shows them there was a rat, the whole picture becomes clear and they decide to adopt Tramp. Which he’s surprisingly cool with given how he scorned being tied down, either with another dog or a family. This was the thinnest part of the movie here for me since it was a pretty dramatic shift in characterization without any real motivation. Perhaps it’s because they had puppies and suddenly has to be Responsible.