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Disney: Lady and the Tramp

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 can be seen here.

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:

  • 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.
  • Animal Talk: Except for the rat, and apparently monkeys (too closely related to humans).
  • Asian Buck Teeth: The Siamese cats have slanted eyes and, yes, two prominent front center fangs. They also speekee Engrish.
  • Artistic License - Animal Care: Serving coffee and doughnuts to your dog is not the wisest thing to do.
  • Attempted Rape: Word of God says this is what the stray dogs who chase Lady were planning to do to her, since they could sense that she was in heat.
  • Award Bait Song: "Bella Notte"
  • Babies Ever After: And their puppies make for an adorable closing scene.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Aunt Sarah, the dogcatcher, and the rat.
  • Book Ends: The film both begins and ends with a shot of Jim Dear and Darling's snow-covered neighborhood on Christmas Eve.
  • Break Up Make Up Scenario: One of the first Disney films to pull one.
  • Cats Are Mean: Si and Am, which is completely unlike Real Life; Siamese cats are among the most friendly and sociable of breeds (though they can be loud).
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Tramp and Trusty. The rat also had a brief scene in the beginning before the climax.
  • 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Trusty.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The workers at the pound are not portrayed as villains, they're just ordinary people who have a job to do.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The doctor after Darling has her child.
    Jim Dear: Doctor, it's a boy!
    Doctor: Yes... yes, I know.
  • 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...
  • The Drifter: Tramp.
  • 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).
  • Falling in Love Montage: "Bella Notte"
    • And in the sequel, "Can This Be Love".
  • 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.
  • Gender Equals Breed: Lady and The Tramp's puppies are them in miniature.
    • 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.
    • Read this and prepare to have your mind blown
    • Attempted Rape in a Disney movie, especially such an old one? More possible than you think.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Lady, partly because Jim Dear and Darling get short-tempered when Darling is pregnant. This changes once she meets the baby and instantly becomes protective of him.
    • Buster is implied to be this for Tramp. He apparently got extremely jealous of Lady, if Tramp is a reliable source in that department.
  • Hate Sink: Aunt Sarah maybe isn't evil, but she clearly prefers cats over dogs. And in a movie, where the protagonists are dogs, that is more than enough to make her an antagonist. Not only does she blame Lady for trashing the living room, when it really was her cats who did it. But she also puts her little grand-nephew in danger, when she tries to stop Tramp from saving the baby from being bitten by a rat.
  • Heel-Face Turn: It's hinted that Aunt Sarah does this at the end of the movie when she sends the dogs biscuits for Christmas.
  • Heel Realization: Jock, Trusty, and Aunt Sarah have one when they find out that Tramp was protecting the baby from a rat.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Tramp's attitude. Played straight with Aunt Sarah.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Aunt Sarah is mean to Lady, but truly cares about her two cats and the baby.
  • 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.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Tramp has a long background with other... dogs.
  • Lovable Rogue: Tramp.
  • Make-Out Point: Seen at the end of the "Bella Notte" scene, complete with couples snuggling in carriages.
  • Mama Bear: Lady to the baby. See also: Papa Wolf.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: The majority of the cast:
    • Consider the fact that the most common foreign title for this film is "The Lady and the Vagabond."
    • Lady does act quite refined and ladylike...most of the time. When she's not digging up the garden (to be fair, she tried to put the flower back) or chasing pigeons around.
    • The Tramp owes his life to Trusty because of his integrity.
    • Peg was named for her voice actress, Peggy Lee.
    • The Darlings' baby is eventually named Junior (younger person).
  • Mood Whiplash: Aw, poor dog!... Oh, hey! Look, it's Christmas!
  • 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.
  • Officer O'Hara: The policeman at the entrance to the zoo.
  • Old Dog: Trusty.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Jim Dear and Darling, the couple's pet names for each other. In Darling's case, it overlaps with No Name Given.
    • At the baby shower, Darling's guests call her by that name as well.
  • Parental Bonus: loads and non are risque innuendos: expectant mothers, promiscuity, a lady's dishonor, newspaper headlines, Sundays.
  • Papa Wolf: When Lady is unable to stop the rat from entering the baby's room, without hesitation, Tramp takes on this role to kill the rat and save the baby.
    • He's also this to his only son in the sequel.
  • Pounds Are Animal Prisons: Probably the Trope Codifier for this, up to and including Death Row.
  • Precious Puppies: Lady and her puppies at birth.
  • Really Gets Around: Tramp, at first.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lady gives one to Tramp, believing him responsible for her getting sent to the pound.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Al the alligator, briefly seen at the zoo.
    • Could be a subversion, as he seemed to merely be trying to help get the muzzle off of Lady and simply didn't realize that his mouth was too big to do the job safely.
  • Running Gag: "As my grandpappy, Old Reliable, used to say... Don't recollect if I've ever mentioned Old Reliable before...."
    Jock: Aye, ye have, laddie. Frequently.
    • Unfortunately, Jock cut Trusty off from saying Old Reliable's saying so many times, that by the time the puppies were born, Trusty had forgotten what Old Reliable used to say!
  • Senile Badass: Trusty.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: The Ur Example, if not Trope Maker.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Lady.
  • 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).
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Si and Am.
  • Those Two Guys: Jock and Trusty.
    • Also, Tony and Joe.
  • Uptown Girl: Tramp thinks that he can't hang with a pampered dog like Lady.
  • Villain Song: "We Are Siamese (If You Please)"
  • Villainy-Free Villain: Well-meaning but prissy Aunt Sarah. Her main flaw is being a Horrible Judge of Character. She fails to recognize the only two (okay, three) true villains of the film: the rat that Tramp kills and Si and Am, her two Siamese cats. She remains convinced that her cats are incapable of doing anything wrong and blames all of their misdeeds on Lady.
  • Violent Glaswegian: Jock, the Scottish terrier, shows some shades of this.
  • 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 
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never see Si and Am again, after their One-Scene Wonder, despite the fact that Aunt Sarah is still there.
    • Did the language professor Tramp tricked to get in the zoo ever talk his way out of getting thrown in jail by the police officer guarding the gate?
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Only a handful of four - legged animals in the Disney Animated Canon can read, including Tramp.
  • What Are You in For?: Lady gets this question in the dog pound.
  • What's an X Like You Doing in a Y Like This?: The dog catcher says that Lady is "too nice of a girl" to be in the dog pound.
    • Also, after saving Lady from the vicious dogs in the alley, Tramp asks her, "Hey, pidge, what are you doing on this side of the tracks?"
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Si and Am act like Lady hurt them and trashed the living room. Unfortunately, it works.
  • Yellow Peril: Si and Am.
  • 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.

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