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Hello everyone. A little bit of housekeeping before we get into this week’s movie. Back in my Alice in Wonderland review I used three racist anti-Irish cartoons to demonstrate why nineteenth century artist John Tenniel was invited to suck my…ahem…unshaved mouse. Now, I’ve since discovered that one of these cartoons:
THIS little treasure.
…was actually not by Tenniel but by his contemporary Thomas Nast. Which honestly I should have twigged as their styles are quite noticeably different. I’ve since changed the Alice review but I felt I should come clean anyway. So yeah, I was sloppy. Sorry. John Tenniel?
I apologise for confusing you with that OTHER racist dick weasel.
Oh, quite alright my dear fell…I SAY!
So, now that I’ve hopefully eaten enough crow..
Figure of speech, figure of speech! God! Don’t look at me like that.
…we can get on with the review.
Lady and the Tramp is a bit unusual in the Disney canon in that it is an adaptation of two separate stories. Animator Joe Grant originally approached Walt with an idea based on his own experiences of owning a cocker spaniel puppy named Lady who he couldn’t spend as much time with once Joe had a son. Walt liked the idea.
A small animal being neglected? What’s not to love?
And he told Grant to draw up some storyboards for a proposed animated feature called Lady. Apparently these storyboards weren’t really up to scratch (and in fairness, there’s not really that much story to Grant’s pitch) so the idea was abandoned and Joe Grant later left the studio. Walt decided that what the story needed was a second dog character to counterbalance the innocent Lady, a streetwise, cynical, wiseguy. A dog with attitude, who gets “bizzay” as opposed to “busy”.
Walt came across a short story by Ward Greene called “Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog” in Cosmopolitan magazine and whoa whoa whoa whoa back the fuck up. Walt Disney read fucking Cosmo!? Oh that is hilarious! That is…where are you Walt?
Look, it was a VERY different magazine back then. It was primarily devoted to fiction and featured work by some of the best American writers of the period…
Whatever, Walt. So anyway, in between learning the 75 Sex Moves Men Crave, Walt Disney decided to buy the rights to “Happy Dan the Whistling Dog” and integrated the story into the existing concept for Lady. The character’s name was changed to The Tramp, and thus was born Lady and the Tramp. Is it any good? Well let’s take a look.
FULLE REVIEW: http://unshavedmouse.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/disney-reviews-by-the-unshaved-mouse-15-lady-and-the-tramp