Originally released in 1955, Lady and the Tramp is the 15th entry in the Disney Animated Canon. It tells the story of a loving couple and their family pet from the dog's point of view. Big changes are coming to Jim Dear and Darling's family, something that Lady has trouble understanding. Meanwhile, Lady herself has caught the eye of the Tramp, a stray dog (and ladies' man) who prefers the uncertain freedom of the streets to life in a collar, which he views as slavery. He tries to convince Lady to live more recklessly, but she believes just as strongly in loyalty to her humans and her home. Will The Power of Love convince Tramp to see things her way?The movie spawned a series of comics, starting with the newspaper strip Scamp: Son of Lady and the Tramp, Scamp also stars in a direct-to-video sequel to the movie, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, which was released in 2001.It's the first feature-length animated film created in a widescreen format, making it a landmark in animation history.
Tropes this Disney classic provides examples of:
Acting for Two: Or rather, acting for four, in the case of Peggy Lee, who does the voices of Darling, Si, Am and Peg.
And in the case of Bill Thompson, acting for five, doing the voices of Jock, Joe, two of the dogs at the dog pound (the bulldog and the dachshund), and the policeman at the zoo.
Continuity Nod: The sequel gets a couple: The dogcatcher cart that Trusty caused to crash is seen at the junkyard, and Angel refers to the family's neighbourhood as "snob hill", just as Tramp did in the original.
Disney Death: Trusty after the dog catcher's wagon accidentally hits him.
Justified to a certain extent, as the original screenplay called for Trusty's death to be real. But when the public reacted negatively to Bambi's mom dying several years earlier, Trusty was ultimately spared. This was Disney's first use of this trope, which would become the norm for Disney until The Lion King.
The Beaver at the zoo gets a very brief one, after it appears the "log-puller" Tramp gave him worked a little too well...
Early-Bird Cameo: Some of the street dogs who pursue Lady after she is muzzled, and the puppies she has with Tramp at the end of the film, would be given larger roles in the sequel.
Expy: Mr. Busy looks an awful lot like Gopher from Winnie the Pooh, except for color and a few other minor differences. Both even have the exact same speech impediment (a whistling sound in their "s"'s).
Subverted in the comics - the pair had four puppies, two boys and two girls. One of the boys looked like the Tramp, but the other looked like Lady. This was changed in the sequel film, which played the trope straight.
Gender Flip: As an extention of the above Gender Equals Breed for the sequel. The puppies' genders were never established in the first movie, so the comic strip established that there were two of each gender — Fluffy and Ruffy were female, Scooter and Scamp were male. The sequel, which disregards the comics turns Scooter into a female (as well as giving all the puppies except Scamp new names; instead of Fluffy, Ruffy and Scooter, they are Colette, Annette, and Danielle).
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Lady and the Tramp waking up on a hill together the next morning could possibly imply they got much closer overnight.
Karma Houdini: The Siamese Cats get Lady in trouble with a Wounded Gazelle Gambit and go unpunished for the trouble they cause. They originally showed a bit more concern (as did Aunt Sarah) upon finding the rat in the house but this was cut.
Make-Out Point: Seen at the end of the "Bella Notte" scene, complete with couples snuggling in carriages.
Match Cut: One particularly amusing one: After puppy Lady begs for Jim Dear to let her into bed, he gives in, but says, "Just for tonight…" We then cut to a near-identical shot of Lady sleeping on the bed in the morning several months later... as a big cocker spaniel.
Never Forgotten Skill: In the sequel Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, Tramp has long since retired from his life of crime. However, he unlocks one locked door with awe-inspiring ease, showing that his criminal skills have not degraded in all those years.
Never Smile at a Crocodile: At first, Tramp tries to get an alligator at the zoo to remove Lady's muzzle. He realizes what a bad idea this is and pulls her away just in time.
No Name Given: Jim Dear and Darling's baby. By the sequel, he is a toddler, so he's called Junior out of necessity.
Surprisingly Good English: Averted with Si and Am. They can speak English, but they have trouble conjugating verbs. It's actually a surprisingly realistic portrayal of this phenomenon, especially for its time.
Wacky Cravings: Darling, whilst pregnant, requests Jim Dear to go out in the middle of a January snowstorm at night to get watermelon and chop suey. note Watermelon and chop suey are generally considered warm weather food, either way.
You Are Grounded: Because of some misunderstandings, Lady gets muzzled and, eventually, chained to her doghouse.
You Dirty Rat: A particularly nasty one lives in a wall outside the fence of Lady's backyard. It appears once early on, but Lady chases it away. However, it returns in the climax, and tries to attack the baby, but fortunately, Tramp kills it before it can do so.