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A sequel to Disney's 1955 classic Lady and the Tramp, and the first Direct to Video sequel for one of Walt Disney's animated movies. The story finds Lady and Tramp being the proud parents of a litter of pups, which includes three well-behaved girls and one rambunctious boy puppy named Scamp (voiced by Scott Wolf). In search of adventure and a "real" dog life, Scamp strays far from home and meets the cute Angel (voiced by Alyssa Milano), Buster (voiced by Chazz Palminteri), and Buster's gang of Junkyard Dogs. Although he found the adventure he was looking for, Scamp finds his thoughts returning to home and the loved ones he left behind.


Tropes this Disney sequel provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: Mooch isn't very bright, much like a certain starfish also voiced by Bill Fagerbakke.
  • Adult Fear: Imagine that after a fight with your child, they run away when you're not looking.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Averted with Angel, who admits to Scamp she likes him because he's NOT a Bad Boy.
  • Alone Among Families: During "Always There", the stray dog Angel, who wishes she had a family, is seen walking down a neighborhood by herself and observing some dogs who live happily with their owners.
  • An Aesop: The film's message is to treasure your family.
  • Anachronistic Animal: A stray Dobermann (or mix, as Buster is a bit stocky for a Dobermann) in The Edwardian Era, especially in America, is unusual considering it was a new breed dating back only a few years.
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  • Artistic License – Medicine: During the Junkyard Society Rag song, there's this line: "No distemper shots from the vet!"/"Show your temper"/"Mean as you can get!" Distemper has absolutely nothing to do with an animal's temperament - it's a serious upper respiratory disease that can also progress into a neurological form. Left untreated, a dog can die from it. Possibly justified in that the dogs themselves might not know this.
  • Award-Bait Song: "I Didn’t Know That I Could Feel This Way" and "Always There (Family)".
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Scamp 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.
    Scamp: I got everything I ever wanted...and it stinks.
  • Betrayal by Inaction: Buster reveals his true nature to Scamp when he sees the puppy about to be taken in by the dog catcher and does nothing to help him, but simply walks away with a smirk.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Buster, The Dogcatcher, and Reggie.
  • Book-Ends: The movie starts and ends with Scamp getting a bath, much to his chagrin. The movie also opens with a pan down from the sky, and it ends as the view pans up to the sky again.
  • But Now I Must Go: Angel's sad reaction after Scamp gets reunited with his family. Scamp stops her.
  • Butt Biter: Angel does this to the dogcatcher after he and his father fight off Reggie.
  • Butt-Monkey: Most of the dogcatcher's attempts to deal with the Junkyard Dogs leave him battered and humiliated.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Scamp eventually calls Tramp out on his hypocrisy.
    Scamp: You make the rules, dad, but you didn't have to follow them when you were my age!
  • Canon Immigrant: Scamp's name, elements of personality, and spin-off protagonist role had been long delved into through comic strips and books. Mostly subverted otherwise. The other offspring do not inherit their names or characters (or in one case even gender) from the comics for example.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': The entire conflict is kicked off by Junior throwing a ball out the window, Scamp chasing it and bringing it back, Junior immediately throwing it again into the next room, and Scamp unintentionally making a mess as he goes after it. As punishment, he's chained outside and shamed by the entire family, save Lady.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • During an argument with his father, Scamp insists that Tramp was never like him, then scratches his ear in the exact same way Tramp just has. Later, Buster sees the two of them scratch their ears in that same way and decides they must be related.
    • While evading the dogcatcher, Scamp accidentally takes a lady's wig. He shakes it off, and the camera holds on it slowly falling down a drain. Later, Tramp thinks he found Scamp in the water, but it turns out to be the wig.
  • Continuity Nod: The dogcatcher cart that Trusty caused to crash in the first movie is seen at the junkyard, and Angel refers to the family's neighbourhood as "snob hill", just as Tramp did in the original.
  • Curse Cut Short:
    Danielle: [Chuckles again] I bet he gets a slipper right across his great, big, fat.... [looks up at Lady who has an stern look. Danielle nervously laughs, pretending to care about Scamp] We really do miss him, Mom. [nervously smiles]
  • Deadpan Snarker: Angel. She's sarcastic, witty and sassy.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Lady has a marginally smaller role in the sequel.
    • Si and Am don't have any lines in this movie and simply giggle and hiss, as a result of the Chinese stereotypes they embodied in the first film no longer being considered appropriate.
  • Diegetic Switch:
    • The opening song "Welcome Home" is sung by an offscreen chorus, briefly switching to Lady, Tramp and their daughters singing in the bridge, then it ends with the citizens singing together.
    • "A World Without Fences" begins with Scamp singing, but for the verses, it switches to his internal thoughts.
  • Dodgy Toupee: While looking for Scamp, his parents, Jock, and Trusty mistake a wig for him.
  • Dramatic Irony: Scamp believes his father Tramp has always been a proper, well-behaved house dog, when the audience knows that once upon a time, the latter used to be a stray dog who lived on the streets eating restaurant food and chasing chickens.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After being adopted and abandoned by five families throughout her life, Angel finally finds her forever home with Scamp's family.
  • Everybody Lives: No one dies in the sequel. Not even Buster.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: After Scamp renounces Buster's junkyard dog philosophy to return to his real home, he catapults a boot towards Buster. Buster dodges and taunts Scamp that he missed, but the boot broke an unstable wood post behind him, which caused an avalanche of junk to bury him.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: Between Scamp and Angel during "I Didn't Know That I Could Feel This Way".
  • Flanderization:
    • The kindly dogcatcher and pound workers of the first movie are nowhere to be seen; in their place is a Barney Fife caricature. Though he's still just doing his job, his assholish qualities are played up here, particularly when he taunts Scamp after capturing him.
    The Dogcatcher: No collar? It's a one-way trip to the pound for you!
    • The stray dog community as a whole. In the first movie, they're a rough but good-hearted group of dogs that only survive by having one another's backs; here, we're informed that they only look out for themselves and charity has been beaten out of them.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Scratchy starts telling Scamp the (false) story of what happened to Tramp, Scamp morphs into Tramp and the other Junkyard Dogs morph into dogcatchers, and the ensuing story is about Tramp escaping from them. In the end, Scamp "escapes" from the Junkyard Dogs when he realizes having a home is better.
    • The first time Angel tells Buster she's not "his girl",]], she adds, "I don't belong to anyone." We later learn her backstory, namely that she had five previous owners before joining the Junkyard Dogs, adding a new meaning to his sour delivery of the aforementioned line.
  • Furry Confusion: Reggie. He doesn't talk like any of the other dogs.
  • Generation Xerox: Scamp wants to be a "wild dog" who can come and go as he pleases, just like his father was.
  • Happily Ever After: Except for Buster, all of the Junkyard Dogs get adopted, Angel too in Scamp's family.
  • Hope Spot: After being caught by The Dogcatcher, Scamp sees Buster and barks at him for help, thinking that the older dog would help. He soon realizes that Buster isn't coming.
  • Hypocrite:
    • For most of the film, Buster holds the philosophy "Buster's trouble is Buster's trouble," scoffing at the idea of helping others, and encouraging the rest of the Junkyard Dogs to feel the same way. After he gets trapped under a pile of garbage, he starts begging the others for help, saying "Buster's trouble is everybody's trouble!"
    • Tramp ventures into this, considering it's only been a year since he was sleeping in barrels and attempting to sell Lady on a life of freedom and excitement beyond the hills. His example, however, is much more sympathetic given that he doesn't want that life for his children.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: This is Scamp's character motivation, as he dislikes the rules of the house and wants to be a wild dog. His song A World Without Fences exemplifies this.
  • Irony: According to Angel, the reason she's been abandoned by so many families is because they had a baby on the way. In the end, Junior happiness at meeting her is part of what gets her adopted.
  • "I Want" Song: "I Just Want To Be Free".
  • I Was Named "My Name": Angel gets "her name" at the end of the film by Scamps family.
  • Jerkass:
    • As noted above, the dogcatcher.
    • Buster turns out to be this as well.
    • Otis, a stray Chinese crested in the pound, is this: he taunts Scamp after he is thrown into the same cell as Reggie, and cracks a joke at Tramp's expense when it looks like Scamp was killed by the vicious stray.
  • Kick the Dog: A literal example. Buster makes it his business to snidely mock Angel wanting to be a house dog when she doesn't deny it.
  • Loose Lips: Out of impulse and wanting to stop the Junkyard Dogs' teasing, Scamp accidentally reveals that Angel wants to be a house dog.
  • Loving a Shadow: Scamp's song "A World Without Fences" has him fantasize about going on all sorts of adventures with Buster, who is portrayed as a benevolent mentor and leader to Scamp. However, Scamp eventually comes to realize how nasty Buster truly is.
  • Motor Mouth: Otis talks in such a fast manner that the viewer doesn't know what is being said.
  • Musical World Hypotheses: The songs "I Didn't Know That I Could Feel This Way" and "Always There" are sung in the characters' internal thoughts as All In Their Head, while "Welcome Home" and "A World Without Fences" each feature Diegetic Switches from Alternate Universe to All In Their Head and vice versa. Only "Junkyard Society Rag" is completely Alternate Universe.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Scamp's reaction to revealing Angel's secret and being betrayed by Buster, who he thought would help him.
  • Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!: Being called a house dog by Buster is what finally drives Scamp to pass his final test by stealing a chicken from his family at the Independence Day picnic.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The dogcatcher, voiced by Jeff Bennett, resembles Don Knotts' Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show.
  • No Name Given: What's the name of the new dogcatcher?
  • 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 sternly remarks that Scamp probably isn't different from the rest of them.
  • Ode to Family: The film has "Always There", a song about how your family is always there for you, sung by characters who desperately miss their family.
  • Official Couple: Angel and Scamp.
  • Older Than They Look: Although she looks to be around the same age as Scamp (who's not even a year old), Angel is old enough to have been through five families and linger a while with each one. A sad bit of Truth in Television. If you've ever dealt with animal rescues in any way, you'd know that this is completely possible even with a puppy or young dog. note 
  • "Pan Up to the Sky" Ending: The movie ends this way, in a reverse of how it began.
  • A Pet into the Wild: Deconstructed. Scamp is the archetypical "animal bored with his life as a pet" who desires to run off into the wild. He does... and not too soon goes back home after realizing that being a street dog isn't nearly as fun as he imagined.
  • Poor Communication Kills: As far as Scamp knows, his father was a house dog all his life, and Tramp opts against correcting him (and presumably leaving out the parts where he had corned beef dinners and a new girlfriend every other week.) If his father had come clean about his past as a stray, perhaps Scamp would've known second-hand what life as a junkyard dog is really like.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: A literal example, as they are dogs. This is what Jock, Trusty, Scamp's sisters, Lady, Tramp, Scamp and Angel do to convince Jim Dear to adopt Angel. Needless to say, it worked.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Junkyard Dogs. Except for Buster, they probably still hang out with each other after being adopted.
  • Reality Ensues: Scamp soon learns the hard way that being a junkyard dog isn't what it's cracked up to be when he gets caught by the dog catcher.
  • Retired Badass: Tramp. Even after he's settled down into a cozy life as a house pet, the Junkyard Dogs remember him and his courageous acts.
  • The Reveal: Scamp eventually learns that his father had been a famous stray dog, much to his shock, and was able to call his father out for not telling him about his life as a street dog.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Buster lets Scamp get taken away by the dogcatcher, just to spite his father.
  • Sanity Slippage: Buster briefly falls into this during his rant about Tramp becoming a housedog. On the final sentence, he actually sprays some spit, and his eyes have contracted into dots.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Scamp and Tramp have the same style of scratching behind their ears, something Buster uses to figure out that Scamp and Tramp are related.
  • Spaghetti Kiss: Subverted for Rule of Funny. Scamp and Angel wind up at the same restaurant Scamp's parents visited, dine on an identical bowl of spaghetti, and even do the meatball push...and then proceed to devour the bowl in a very realistic, doggy manner.
  • Spin-Offspring: Lady and Tramp's son, Scamp, is The Protagonist.
  • Title Character: The sequel has Scamp's name in it along with his parents.
  • Token Romance: The romance between Scamp and Angel doesn't contribute to the main plot to any significant degree.
  • Tough Love: What Jim Dear and Tramp believe is best for Scamp.
  • Triumphant Reprise: The movie ends with a reprise of "Welcome Home" as Scamp annoyingly has a bath, Angel is adopted, and the Junkyard Dogs each have owners of their own.
  • Villain Decay: While they weren't portrayed as evil, the dogcatchers in the first movie were still shown to be a serious threat to any street dog they came across. Here, the only dogcatcher we see onscreen is a bumbling fool doubling as a huge Butt-Monkey.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: Tramp laments this while out looking for Scamp.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Angel calls out Scamp for willingly running away from a home where people really care about him.
    Angel: You have a home and a family that loves you. You're not like the rest of us, Scamp.
  • You Are Grounded: Tramp tells this (in a way) to Scamp when the latter is being disrespectful.

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A World Without Fences

Scamp expresses his desire at being free as a wild dog.

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