LADY AND THE TRAMP (1955)

Dir. Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske

If you enjoy hearing favorites like Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts as characters in the latest animated hits, you can thank Walt Disney for hiring Peggy Lee to voice four characters in this cartoon classic. Not only was it the first animated feature to use an established star, it was the first shot in CinemaScope, and Disney’s first original story. The idea was born in 1937 when animator Joe Grant developed a storyboard inspired by his pet springer spaniel, Lady. A few years later, Disney bought the rights to the Ward Greene story “Happy Dan the Whistling Dog” and hired Greene to combine the two ideas into a novel about a pure-bred cocker spaniel who falls for a stray. To build audience awareness, Disney had the novel published two years before the film came out. LADY AND THE TRAMP was a huge hit, Disney’s top-grosser since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Helping tremendously was the score by Sonny Burke and Peggy Lee, who sang several of their songs, including “He’s a Tramp” and “The Siamese Cat Song.”

LADY AND THE TRAMP
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