Date watched: March 25th, 2020
Year released: 2019
First time watching?: Yes
From IMDb: “The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.”
Of course we signed up to Disney+ as soon as it got announced. Are you kidding me? – all the Disney movies, Marvel movies, Star Wars movies all in one place? It was a no brainer to us.
Disney seem to be having a lot of fun with their live action re-imagining of their classics at the moment don’t they? I mean, let’s be completely realistic about it here – Hollywood is very tired and running out of ideas. Disney knows these formulas work, so they’re releasing them again in brand new mediums for a new generation.
My favourite adaptation so far has been “Aladdin”, but that movie really was something special. The trailer for “Lady and the Tramp” didn’t really do a lot to excite me, but then the trailers for these reimagining rarely do make jump up and down ecstatically.
They’ve made a few changes to the original: primarily that with all the movie studios trying their best to be inclusive and progressive there were a few casting choices and gender changes made – Jock is now a female, the movie seems to be set in a southern US state (I’d say I think it’s Louisiana) so there is a heavy jazz influence in the background. Also the Siamese cats are no longer racist stereotypes, or Siamese cats for that matter.
As I’ve mentioned before, I am a veterinary nurse. So the things that made me really glad with this movie were the fact that the dogs used in the movie were all rescue dogs, and all were adopted by the time the movie was completed. Also, the scene at the end, int he animated version features Lady and Tramp’s offspring, has been changed to feature two more adopted puppies instead. There was a heavy note of “Adopt don’t Shop” throughout the movie – even in the pound the dogs were talking about their “Adoptability” which made me really happy. It would have been nice if they’d managed to use a dog without a docked tail to play Lady, as docking is pretty much not done any more except in true working dogs, but for the time period the movie was set in you could argue that this is more correct.
The reconstruction of the spaghetti and meatball scene was beautiful: in my opinion this is one of THE most romantic scenes in any Disney movie. Or even any movie for that matter. If someone asks you to think of a romantic moment in a movie you almost instantly think of Lady and Tramp sharing that same string of spaghetti. The Siamese cat song had new lyrics written for it (again, not Siamese cats any more) to bring it up to date with the times, and Peg’s song (which is one of my favourite Disney songs ever) had some update lyrics too (though I didn’t like the new arrangement of this song).
All in all, it was perfectly fine. Harmless enough to sit not he sofa and while away a few hours. Like most reimagining it is missing some of the magic of the original, but in no way is it a bad movie. I would say the reimagining for “Lady and the Tramp” was just OK. Worth the watch, but nothing to scream from the rooftops about.
My rating: 6/10