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Tony and Joe are supporting characters in Disney's 1955 film Lady and the Tramp. They are a pair of Italian culinary artists that run Tony's and are longtime friends of the Tramp, whom they affectionately refer to as "Butch".

Background

Tony (voiced by George Givot) the owner, waiter and namesake of the restaurant. He is a lovable man with a larger-than-life personality. Like Joe, is an unabashed lover of dogs, especially the Tramp. In fact, he is one of the very few people in the town that actually sees Tramp as his friend, rather than a mangy pest. Though generally friendly, Tony can sometimes be a little short-tempered, especially with Joe.

Tony carries an obese figure. He has black hair, but he is half bald. He also possesses both black eyes and thick matching Italian-style moustache, tan skin, thick black eyebrows, and lavender circles. He wears a teal vest, a pink long-sleeved shirt with a brief V-cut neckline, collar, and each gold cufflink on both sides of his cuffs, both black string tie and armbands, a white apron, a pair of navy pants, and a pair of brown low-heeled shoes. On their romantic evening, he plays his accordion when he sings Bella Notte to Lady and the Tramp with Joe, who plays his mandolin.

Joe (voiced by Bill Thompson) works at the restaurant as a chef. While Joe is a loyal employee and just as jolly as his boss, he can be annoyed by Tony's short temperament, being that he usually finds himself at the other end of Tony's outbursts.

Joe carries a slender figure. He has both black curly hair and eyes, tan skin, lavender circles, thick black Italian-style moustache and thick matching eyebrows. He wears a white elbow-length shirt with each couple light gray horizontal buttons vertically on his chest, a white bandanna, a light gray apron, a pair of olive pants, a pair of brown low-heeled shoes, and a white chef hat. On their romantic evening, he plays his mandolin when he sings Bella Notte to Lady and the Tramp with his boss Tony, who plays his accordion.

Appearances

Lady and the Tramp

In Lady and the Tramp, Joe is first seen when the Tramp, or "Butch" as nicknamed by both him and Tony, stops by Tony's to get a bite of breakfast. Later on in the film, Tramp brings his latest girlfriend, Lady to the restaurant for dinner. Tony tells Joe to get the Tramp some bones. Then, when Tony sees Lady, he knocks the plate of bones off of Joe's hand in a terrible fury and orders him to cook Lady and the Tramp a fancy dinner, instead. When the Tramp tells Tony in dog language what he wants, Tony tells Joe that the Tramp has said that he would like spaghetti for dinner, to which Joe replies, "Tony, dogs don't talk." But when Tony says that the Tramp is talking to him Joe says, "OK, he's-a talking-a to you! You the boss-a!" Joe then gives his boss the food, while muttering "Mamma Mia" in Italian. To further the romantic evening, Tony and Joe perform the song "Bella Notte" for the couple. Joe plays the mandolin while Tony plays the accordion.

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure

Tony and Joe (voiced here by Jim Cummings and Michael Gough) are first seen early in the film, serving Jim Dear, Darling, Junior, Lady, Tramp, and their puppies a plate of spaghetti. Scamp barks and jumps up excitedly when he sees the spaghetti, which causes Joe to lose his balance and dump the spaghetti in Tony's face. Later on in the movie, Scamp brings Angel to Tony's where Tony and Joe present them with spaghetti, just as they did with Scamp's parents in the past.

Other appearances

In the House of Mouse episode "Max's Embarrassing Date", Tony and Joe were booked to set up a romantic date for Max Goof and Roxanne.

Live-action appearances

Once Upon a Time

Tony, portrayed by Emanuel Fappas, appears in the episode "The Apprentice", as the owner of the italian restaurant where Emma Swan and Killian share a romantic dinner.

Lady and the Tramp (2019)

Tony (portrayed by F Murray Abraham) and Joe (portrayed by Ken Jeong) will appear in the 2019 Disney + live-action adaptation of the animated film.

Disney Parks

Walt Disney World

Tony and Joe have made occasional appearances as face characters at the Magic Kingdom park at Tony's Town Square Restaurant on Main Street, U.S.A., an Italian dining location inspired by the film. Tony and Joe also appear during the bubble sequence in the Disney's Hollywood Studios version of Fantasmic!.

Trivia

  • In the Italian translation, their nickname for Tramp is Biagio il Randagio (meaning Biagio the stray dog).

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Media
Films: Lady and the Tramp (SoundtrackVideo) • Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's AdventureLady and the Tramp

Books: Classic StorybookDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingLittle Golden Book

Disney Parks
Disney Animation Building

Entertainment: Once Upon a MouseThe Golden Mickeys
Restaurants: Mickey & Pals Market CaféPizzeria Bella NotteTony's Town Square Restaurant
Firework: Once Upon a Time

Characters
Original LadyTrampJockTrustyAunt SarahSi and AmJim DearDarlingJim Jr.Tony and JoeMr. BusyThe RatPound DogsScampAnnette, Collette, and Danielle

Sequel: AngelBusterReggieFrancoisSparkyMoochRubyScratchyOtisThe Dogcatcher

Songs
Original: Jock’s SongWhat is a Baby?La La LuThe Siamese Cat SongBella NotteHe's a TrampFree as the Breeze (deleted)

Sequel: Welcome HomeWorld Without FencesJunkyard Society RagI Didn't Know That I Could Feel This WayAlways There

Locations
Lady’s HouseTony's RestaurantDog PoundThe Junkyard
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