Fridge / Lady and the Tramp

Fridge Logic

  • How long was Lady kept in that gift box before Darling opened it?
    • Doesn't have to be too long. He could have bought Lady that evening and kept her hidden in the garage - or had a friend take care of her temporarily. Then he wraps the gift and says "oh Darling, let's open a present".

Fridge Brilliance

  • Remember how Lady's owners were referred to as Jim Dear and Darling? (Like even in associated books, etc...) If you also thought "well that's sort of a strange name...", it makes sense when you realize that those aren't their real names — they're what they call each other. As Lady knows them from only the privacy of their shared home, it makes sense that she would hear only these terms of endearment as "names" and probably assume that is what their names are.
  • Tramp is a mutt, but he looks like he's got a lot of terrier in him. Terriers are rat catchers.
  • Aunt Sarah believing Lady to be responsible for the mess downstairs that the cats caused. Besides their Wounded Gazelle Gambit, she had good reason to believe it was Lady. The main one being that Siamese cats don't behave like that in real life.
  • Tramp being falsely condemned as a threat to the baby, only to be exonerated when the dead rat is found, is actually pretty close to the French tale of "Saint" Guinefort, a medieval greyhound venerated around Lyon until the 1930s. In that account, the dog kills a snake in defense of a nobleman's baby son, but is killed by its master when the man finds the boy's cot overturned and the dog with bloodied jaws. Finding the dead snake and the unharmed child moments later, the repentant knight erects a shrine to his unjustly-slain pet, and local peasants who visit it to praise the unfortunate Heroic Dog soon start reporting miracles akin to those of human saints.

Fridge Horror

  • Tramp's impression of what happens when a baby arrives is funny in some points. However, where did he get this knowledge?
    "The voice of experience buster—move over."
    • I took it that he was already owned at some point or, to the least, knew some dogs that were and were thrown out when a new baby arrived, which seemed common back then.
  • The scene with Lady in the doghouse, and Jock and Trusty come over to offer some comfort. Younger audiences will see it as the two offering to take Lady into their homes, where she'll be away from Aunt Sarah and treated well; older audiences will realize that Jock and Trusty were actually offering to marry Lady in order to preserve her honor, especially with the implication that she had become pregnant after her night with Tramp, AND with the knowledge that he was a womanizer. The movie is set in a time period when it was considered shameful for a woman to be an unwed mother, and the only way to save her reputation was if a man of high social standing agreed to marry her.