Lady and the Tramp is Disney’s 15th animated movie and it was one of the most successful ones after Snow White. Here are some Lady & the Tramp fun facts and trivia.
My husband and I have made it to #15 in our quest to watch all the Disney animated films in order. I like The Lady & the Tramp, though it is not one of my favorites. It was cute watching this with my dogs. In one of the early scenes where Lady the puppy is crying my dog “watched” the TV and cocked his head to one side. He also did this in the pound scene where all the dogs are crying. He started barking along with them.
Fun Facts about Disney’s Lady & The Tramp
It took a while to decide on some of the pet’s names. In early script versions, Tramp was first called Homer, then Rags and Bozo. Movie distributors thought the name Tramp was a little too risqué, but Walt went with the name anyway. A 1940 script introduced the twin Siamese cats eventually known as Si and Am, they were then named Nip and Tuck.
Home Sweet Home Marceline! The film’s setting was partly inspired by Walt Disney’s boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri.
From a dog’s perspective. To maintain a dog’s perspective, Darling and Jim’s faces are rarely shown. The background artists made models of the interiors of Jim Dear and Darling’s house and shot photos and film at a low perspective as a reference to maintain a dog’s view.
From Dogs to Toys. Lady and Tramp’s film style is responsible for influencing another Disney film, Toy Story art director Ralph Eggleston, shared that seeing a movie told entirely from the point of view of the family pets inspired him and Pixar to tell their story from the toys’ perspective.
Research happened in office. In the Disney Studios, there were dogs of every shape and size roaming around, and animator Woolie Reitherman kept a cage of rats next to his desk to reference the rat fighting scene.
Recycling Chickens. The footage of the chickens sleeping in the barn is recycled animation from the 1938 short Farmyard Symphony.
Does the Beaver look familiar? The Beaver character was effectively recycled as the Gopher in Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, right down to his whistling speech pattern. This voice was originally created by Stan Freberg who had a background in comedy voices. The demands of voicing the character proved too much, however, so Freberg eventually resorted to using a real whistle to capture the whistling effect.
Lady and The Tramp can Read. Both dogs apparently speak the same language and are able to read. For example, during their journey together, the Tramp takes Lady to a zoo to get her muzzle removed, which confuses her, because she sees a “no dogs allowed” sign. Earlier, the Tramp tries to lay low after reading a posted notice warning dogs that they will be caught by a dogcatcher if they are unclaimed and unaccompanied.
Do you love dogs then make sure you check out my list of must-see Disney dog movies!