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.
Anachronism Stew: Courtesy of Boris, mostly. This is set in the 1890s, yet he mentions the "Red Flag", which wouldn't make sense before the 1920s, and quotes Gorky's The Lower Depths, which was written in 1902.
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.
Designated Villain: The dog catcher is perhaps the least evil of the Big Bad Ensemble; his job is to find dogs and put them in his pound to await pickup, but the film generally portrays him as antagonistic for this, particularly when he agrees to have Tramp put to sleep. Also, though she may be particularly harsh towards Lady and the Tramp, Aunt Sarah does what she does out of concern for others, particularly for her cats (who get Lady muzzled with a Wounded Gazelle Gambit) and for Darling's child. Plus, she hates runaways (and also, it would seem, strays), to the point of chaining Lady to the backyard doghouse to teach her a lesson, and around the time she arranges for Tramp's euthanasia, she's only aware of two things as far as the surrounding circumstances were concerned: one, that the child's life was in danger, and two, that two dogs, one of them a stray, were at the scene.
Digital Destruction: The Masterpiece VHS lacked the audio of Aunt Sarah botching "Rock-a-Bye Baby" after shooing Lady out of the nursery.
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.
Even Evil Has Standards: In a deleted scene, the Siamese Cats are shown to have just as much concern for the baby as does their mistress and are shocked when they find out the baby was in danger.
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).
Foreshadowing: When Tramp introduces Lady to Tony and Joe, Tony comments on Tramp bringing in a new girlfriend and suggests Tramp should settle down with "this one". When Lady asks what he means, Tramp quickly changes the subject. It foreshadows the scene where the dogs at the pound tell her that Tramp has been sleeping around.
Furry Confusion: Dogs, cats, alligators, and beavers can talk, but birds, fish, and rats apparently can't.
Generation Xerox: The sequel is about Scamp wanting to be a "wild dog" who can come and go as he pleases.
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 extension 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.
Made even more obvious by the fact Lady ends up pregnant.
Just for Pun: This gem from Tramp, when he's in trouble with Lady:
Tramp: It looks like I'm the one who's in the doghouse.
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.
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.
That Nostalgia Show: Still qualifies, despite being made a full 65 years after the era it is looking back on (the 1890s).
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 warm weather food, too; it's a wonder if Jim Dear could even find watermelon.
The Sequel: Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure
Adult Fear: Imagine that after a fight with your child, they run away when you're not looking.
An Aesop: The film's message is to treasure your family.
Be Careful What You Wish For: Scamps wishes he could be a "wild dog", but after presumably losing Angel, caught by The Dogcatcher, and abandoned by Buster, the puppy soon realizes how wrong his ambition was.
The Nose Knows: Double subverted. At first when Trusty thinks he smells Scamp in the river, it's actually a wig. A few seconds later, Scamp reveals to have been in the river, but a little farther from his folks and uncles.
Not So Different: After Scamp (on impulse) tells the Gang that it's Angel who want to be a "house dog", Angel coldly remarks that Scamp probably isn't different from the rest of them.