Lady and the Tramp is a American live-action/CGI-animated musical romance film distributed by Disney+ which was released on November 12, 2019. As a remake of the 1955 Walt Disney Productions feature film of the same name, the film is directed by Charlie Bean from a screenplay by Andrew Bujalski and Kari Granlund, based on the short story Happy Dan, the Cynical Dog by Ward Greene. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures confirmed that the film would be released on their new streaming service instead of playing in theaters.
On Christmas of 1909, Jim Dear gives his wife, Darling, a female American Cocker Spaniel puppy as a present. She takes to her and names her Lady where she essentially becomes the "centre of their world". Lady grows and becomes friends with her neighbour dogs; a Bloodhound named Trusty and a feisty Scottish Terrier named Jock. Meanwhile, a homeless Schnauzer-mutt, who goes by the name Tramp, spends his days wandering the streets of New Orleans in search of food and causing trouble for the dog catcher Elliot who owns a vendetta against him. After freeing his friends Bull and Peg from Elliot's carriage, he makes a run for it and ends up in the Dears' backyard. Lady, who is beside herself after being ignored by the adults, finds Tramp and tries to give away his position until he points out that Darling is clearly having a baby. He warns her that her owners will keep ignoring her and the baby will replace her, but she refuses to believe him. Trusty and Jock suspect Tramp because he's a "street dog" and send him away. Before gladly leaving, Tramp warns them that "when a baby moves in the dog moves out". Jim and Darling have a baby girl named Lulu who they soon devote their lives to ("La La Lu"). They even stop listening to Lady's warnings of a rat that has been plaguing the house and start putting her outside. Lady begins to worry Tramp was right.
One day, Jim and Darling take Lulu out and leave Darling's Aunt Sarah to look after Lady for them, though she had really hoped to look after Lulu. As she goes upstairs to practice her singing, her two trouble-making cats, which are two Devon Rexes named Devon and Rex begin to destroy the house with Lady caught in the middle ("What a Shame"). Believing Lady to be the cause of it all, Aunt Sarah takes Lady to the pet store to have a muzzle placed on her. Lady runs away, but gets trapped in an alley and threatened by a brutal street dog named Isaac. Luckily, Tramp arrives to save her and then helps her remove her muzzle with a statue at the park before opting to take her home by taking the "scenic route" so as to avoid Elliot since Lady left her collar behind. They end up growing close and Lady accepts Tramp's offer to eat at "Tony's", his favourite restaurant ("Bella Notte"). Afterwards, Tramp shows Lady the view of the town and reveals that he too had owners, but they abandoned him once they had a baby. They get found by Elliot and are chased to the train station where Tramp sleeps. Though Tramp tells Lady to run, she returns to help him and gets caught instead. Tramp hesitates before escaping. Lady meets with Peg, Bull and the other pound dogs who all talk about Tramp and his exploits ("He's a Tramp"). The next morning, Jim and Darling pick up Lady and kick Aunt Sarah and her cats out, presumably forever, for the way she mistreated Lady. Lady begins to bond with Lulu.
Sometime later, Tramp finds that Peg and Bull have both been adopted, causing him to further regret leaving Lady behind. He goes to her house to apologise and while she appreciates it and still loves him, she does not want to leave her family again. They say their farewells and Tramp leaves just as a thunderstorm begins. However, the rat returns and sneaks into Lulu's room. Lady is put away just as Elliot arrives to interview Jim and Darling and tell them about Tramp. She manages to call Tramp who sneaks into the house and kills the vicious rat, getting injured in the process, but accidentally knocks over Lulu's crib. He is caught by Jim, Darling and Elliot who assume he was attacking Lulu. Just as Elliot takes Tramp away to be euthanized, Lady uncovers the rat and proceeds to chase down the carriage with Trusty and Jock's help. The dogs catch up to the carriage and scare the horses, causing the carriage to collapse. Lady finds Tramp seemingly dead from the crash and begins to cry but he eventually wakes and they reunite. The Dears arrive, having realised that Tramp was protecting Lulu, and decide to adopt him, saving him from Elliot.
By next Christmas, Tramp has been fully accepted into the Dear household and given his own collar while Jock's owner has adopted two young puppies named Dodge and Ollie who Trusty and Jock take to like an uncle and aunt. Lady and Tramp happily spend the holidays with their perfect family, never to be parted again ("Peace on Earth").
- Kiersey Clemons as Darling
- Thomas Mann as Jim Dear
- Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah
- Adrian Martinez as Elliot (Dogcatcher)
- F. Murray Abraham as Tony
- Arturo Castro as Joe
- Ken Jeong as Doctor
- Curtis Lyons as Foreman
- Kate Kneeland as Jock's Owner
- Darryl Handy as Trusty's Owner
- Rose as Lady
- Monte as Tramp
- Tessa Thompson as Lady
- Justin Theroux as Tramp
- Sam Elliott as Trusty
- Ashley Jensen as Jock
- Janelle Monáe as Peg
- Benedict Wong as Bull
- Clancy Brown as Isaac
- Nate Wonder as Devon
- Roman GianArthur as Rex
- James Bentley as Chance
- Jentel Hawkins as Dame
- Ara Storm O’Keefe as Dodge
- Aemon Wolf O’Keefe as Ollie
In July 2018, Justin Theroux joined to voice Tramp, while Sam Elliott joined the cast to voice Trusty, and Ashley Jensen joined the cast as Jock. By the end of the month, Kiersey Clemons entered talks to portray Darling, Lady's owner. In August 2018, Tessa Thompson was announced to be voicing Lady, and Benedict Wong also joined the cast in a voice role.
Si and Am were replaced by two new characters, whose song from the 1955 film was remade into a new version.
- Main article: Lady and the Tramp (2019 soundtrack)
The film was going to feature a new version of "The Siamese Cat Song", performed by Janelle Monáe. The song would have been re-written by Nate "Rocket" Wonder, Roman GianArthur, and Monáe due to both its modern-day perceived racist connotations and to fit the characters' depictions in the film. The song was ultimately reworked as a blues song titled "What a Shame". Monáe will also perform two new songs for the film. On August 23, 2019, Joseph Trapanese was revealed to be composing the film's score. The soundtrack, featuring Trapanse's score, as well as songs from the original film performed by the remake's cast, was released on November 12, 2019.
The first trailer for the film was released on August 23, 2019. The film was released on November 12, 2019, exclusively on Disney+. On October 14, 2019, a second trailer featuring new footage as well as the song "He's a Tramp" was released. On November 6, 2019, Disney released a featurette which presented each of the dogs chosen to portray the main characters which were rescued from animal shelters and foster homes.
On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 64% with an average rating of 6.21/10, based on 33 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "Lady and the Tramp's cute dogs and likable cast work well enough, but the live-action update lacks some of the magic that made the original 1955 film such a delight." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 49 out of 100 based on 7 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."
Differences from the 1955 original film
- Jock was a male in the original film, while in the remake, the character is a female.
- The rat has a larger role, as it appears in three scenes instead of just two and is stated to have been plaguing the Darling's house for some time.
- In the original film, Jock and Trusty try to explain what a baby is to Lady. In the remake, it is Tramp who attempts to tell her what is a baby.
- The baby was a boy named Jim Jr. in the original film (though simply referred to as "Junior" in the sequel), while in the remake is a girl named Lulu.
- In the original film, Aunt Sarah was assigned to babysit. In the remake, the baby was brought along with Jim Dear and Darling, and Aunt Sarah was assigned to guard over Lady instead.
- The Siamese Cats are replaced in this film with a male pair of grey Devon Rex cats with stripes. Their names are also changed to Devon and Rex.
- In the remake, when a muzzle is put on Lady, her collar is removed.
- Lady and Tramp do not visit the zoo in the remake. Instead, a beaver statue is used to remove the muzzle.
- In the original film, Lady is captured by the dogcatcher after failing to keep up with Tramp. In the remake, she returns to help Tramp and gets captured instead.
- Peg and Bull do not mention Tramp's past relationships to Lady in the remake, and Lady is more forgiving when Tramp returns later to apologize. Also, Tramp finds out that Peg and Bull were later adopted by other humans, unlike the original film where their fates are left unknown.
- Jim Dear and Darling are the ones who rescue Lady from the dog pound in the remake instead of Aunt Sarah, who is afterwards kicked out of the house by them for mistreating Lady.
- In this version, it is shown in a flashback that Tramp used to have a family, before being abandoned once his family got a child. In the original film, this was merely implied.
- Trusty does not get injured by a wagon near the end. Instead, it is Tramp who gets injured in a wagon crash.
- Lady and Tramp do not have any children at the end. Instead, Jock becomes a guardian of two orphaned pups from the pound that Lady encountered and were later adopted by her (Jock and Trusty's) owner.
- This film marks the first time Joseph Trapanese has ever composed a music score for any Disney film.
- This is one of the first two films to be released on Disney+ alongside Noelle.
- The second Disney live-action adaptation of a Disney animated classic not to have a theatrical release after 1998's direct-to-video film The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story.
- The tenth live-action adaptation of a Walt Disney Animation Studios film to be rated PG by the MPA, after Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Maleficent, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Christopher Robin, Dumbo, Aladdin, and The Lion King.
- In this film, Si and Am are Rex cats, instead of Siamese cats.
- ↑ "Disney Is Making A 'Lady & The Tramp' Live-Action Movie & The Details Sound Epic". Bustle. (March 19, 2018)
- ↑ Kroll, Justin (July 31, 2018). "Kiersey Clemons in Talks to Join Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lady and the Tramp’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved on July 31, 2018.
- ↑ Kroll, Justin (August 17, 2018). "Thomas Mann Joins Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lady and the Tramp’ (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved on August 17, 2018.
- ↑ McNary, Dave (September 4, 2018). "Yvette Nicole Brown Joins Live-Action ‘Lady and the Tramp’". Variety. Retrieved on September 4, 2018.
- ↑ Galuppo, Mia (October 4, 2018). "Arturo Castro Joins Disney's 'Lady and the Tramp' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on October 4, 2018.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "Tessa Thompson to Voice Star as Lady in Disney's 'Lady and the Tramp'". The Hollywood Reporter. (August 14, 2018)
- ↑ Sneider, Jeff (July 26, 2018). "Exclusive: Justin Theroux to Star in ‘Lady and the Tramp’ for Disney’s Streaming Service". Collider. Retrieved on July 26, 2018.
- ↑ "EXCLUSIVE: Sam Elliott Joins Disney’s LADY AND THE TRAMP Remake | That Hashtag Show". That Hashtag Show. (July 30, 2018) Retrieved on October 3, 2018.
- ↑ Wiseman, Andreas (July 25, 2018). "Disney’s ‘Lady And The Tramp’ Reboot Sets First Cast With ‘Extras’ & ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Actress Ashley Jensen". Deadline. Retrieved on July 25, 2018.
- ↑ "Janelle Monae Joins Disney's 'Lady And The Tramp' Reboot With Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux". Deadline Hollywood. (October 5, 2018) Retrieved on October 5, 2018.
- ↑ Live-Action ‘Lady And The Tramp’ Movie Shoots This Fall In Georgia
- ↑ "Exclusive: Disney’s Live-Action ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Will Use Real Dogs". Collider. (December 17. 2018)
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 "‘Lady and the Tramp’ Will Reinvent Problematic Siamese Cat Song, Feature New Music From Janelle Monae (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. (May 6, 2019) Retrieved on May 6, 2019.
- ↑ "Disney+’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Remake Is Cute Enough to Be Worth It". Decider.com. (November 11, 2019) Retrieved on November 11, 2019.
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 "Lady and the Tramp - Official Trailer - Disney+ - Streaming November 12". YouTube. (August 23, 2019)
- ↑ "Joseph Trapanese Scoring Disney+’s ‘Lady and the Tramp’". Film Music Reporter. (August 23, 2019) Retrieved on August 24, 2019.
- ↑ "‘Lady and the Tramp’ Soundtrack Details". Film Music Reporter. (November 11, 2019)
- ↑ Anna Tingley (2019-08-23). "Disney Debuts ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Trailer – Variety". Variety.com Retrieved on 2019-08-29.
- ↑ D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 11, 2019). "Disney Film Production Chief Sean Bailey On Streaming Service’s Live-Action Slate; ‘Lady And The Tramp’ Available At Launch". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved on April 11, 2019.
- ↑ Kiefer, Halle (October 15, 2019). "Disney’s Lady and the Tramp Trailer: How Is This Dog Adventure More Romantic Than Your Entire Life?". Vulture. Retrieved on October 15, 2019.
- ↑ Frost, John (November 8, 2019). "Lady and the Tramp on Disney+ New Adoption Featurette". The Disney Blog. Retrieved on November 11, 2019.