‘Lady and the Tramp’ is a mild and friendly film based both on story ideas by Joe Grant that went as far back as 1939, and a short story by novelist Ward Greene. It tells the story of Lady, an upper class female Cocker Spaniel living around the turn of the century.
‘Lady and the Tramp’ was the first animated feature in Cinemascope. The film uses the new technique to great effects, with the action carefully laid out to the broad screen. Its backgrounds are very beautiful, and remarkably lush or, when necessary, highly dramatic. Only in the love scene they become somewhat stylized, showing a Mary Blair influence otherwise absent from the film.
At the Magic Kingdom, Tramp and other characters from the film are prominently featured at Tony's Town Square Restaurant. In the spring, Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival feature Lady and the Tramp topiaries.
Lady and the Tramp (1955, Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, & Hamilton Luske) – While Lady and the Tramp has languished somewhat as one of Walt Disney’s most slept on animated features, the stunning Blu-ray transfer of this simple, heart-warming classic reasserts the film as the game changer it truly was at the time. The first ever animated film to be presented in the CinemaScope aspect ratio (2:55, even more than the standard Scope ratio of 2:35) and more than 18 years in the making by the time of its release, this was the project Disney was overseeing at the same time he was watching Disneyland being built. The hard work shows through and Walt’s fingerprints are all over this one despite what must have been constant distraction and numerous long days.