Trivia / Lady and the Tramp

  • 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.
  • AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions: #95
  • Author Appeal: The movie is set during The Gay '90s because Walt Disney was a big fan of that particular time period, and the town in the movie was inspired by his own hometown of Marceline, Missouri.
  • Based on a True Story: The first scene, anyway. Walt Disney once gave his wife Lillian a puppy as a Christmas present, and he put it in a hatbox to heighten the surprise.
  • The Danza: Peggy Lee not only voices Darling and the two Siamese cats, she also voices Peg, one of the dogs at the pound.
  • DVD Commentary: The 2012 Blu-Ray release of Lady and the Tramp had re-enactments of the story meetings between Disney and his story men as one of the several bonus features.
  • Fake Nationality: Despite the wide range of international characters throughout the film, there are quite a few instances of this:
  • God Never Said That: No sources can be found stating that the three dogs were attempting to rape Lady or that Lady became pregnant after her night with Tramp; the latter is impossible because she would have gotten pregnant in the spring, yet she had the puppies shortly before Christmas.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: The zoo hyena's laugh done by Dallas McKennon would later become a rather popular stock sound effect, with the "voice" of Ripper Roo from the Crash Bandicoot series being the most well known usage.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The version that Disney animated in the 1.37:1 Academy ratio, for theaters unable to show widescreen movies, has only received one official home video release, when it was released on VHS and LaserDisc. Reissues of the movie on newer formats only feature the CinemaScope version, leaving the Academy version unable to view, aside from some clips included in some of the bonus features.
  • Market-Based Title: Because of a lack of a direct translation for the word "tramp", a common translation for the film's title is "The Lady and the Vagabond."
  • Real-Life Relative: Verna Felton (Aunt Sarah) was the mother of Lee Miller (Jim Dear).
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Peggy Lee sued Disney when the film was released on VHS and LaserDisc, citing that her contract did not allow them to use her voice on video. She eventually collected a seven figure sum, and Disney began including in their contracts rights to "media not yet existing." The same thing happened with the Mexican Spanish dub, as Tramp's voice actor (Roberto Espriu) sued Disney for the same reason, forcing Disney to do another dub with a different cast at Prime Dubb/SDI Media de México.
  • Talking to Himself: Peggy Lee, Dallas McKennon, Lee Millar and Bill Thompson each perform more than one role in the film.
  • Trope Namer:
  • Ur-Example:
    • This was the first animated feature screened in Cinemascope, the first Disney animated feature to be distributed under Buena Vista Distribution (as opposed to RKO Radio Pictures, as previous ones had) and also one of the first animated Disney films to be (mostly) based on an original story by Joe Grant.
    • The casting of Peggy Lee as voice actor and songwriter was also one of the earliest examples of a "big name" in an animated feature at the time.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Trusty was supposed to die after the dogcatcher's wagon hit him, but Walt Disney didn't want another serious death, following the trauma Bambi's mom's demise caused many children.
    • Boris the Russian Wolfhound (who appears at the pound) was originally supposed to be the male lead of the film, having Tramp's role. However, the title "Lady and Boris"..."just didn't have the right ring to it".
    • Tramp/Boris was also supposed to have had a song, called "I'm Free as the Breeze", which he sang about his life as a happy stray. It was cut when the film was retooled.
    • In one early version, the rat spoke and was more of a troublemaker than a genuine menace. He would have had a Jersey gangster sort of personality. His name would also have been Herman.
    • Si and Am were supposed to be seen in the aftermath of the rat attack, looking shocked at the outcome.
    • A dream sequence was animated where the dogs took their owners for walks, but cut due to negative audience reactions.
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