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Lady and the TrampLady and the Tramp is the fifteenth animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. It was produced by Walt Disney and was originally released to theaters on June 16, 1955 by Buena Vista Distribution, a new division of Disney which assumed distribution rights of the studio's product from RKO Radio Pictures. It was the first animated feature filmed in the CinemaScope widescreen film process. The story pairs a Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a rich family with a mutt named Tramp who lives on the streets. Once the two of them meet, they share an adventure together and eventually fall in love.
The film was based loosely on two previous works, the 1937 book Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog by Ward Greene about a mutt from the wrong side of the tracks, and a story line worked on for several years by Disney story man Joe Grant about a Cocker Spaniel named Lady, based on his own pet. Greene later wrote a novelization of the film, which was released two years before the film itself, at Walt Disney's insistence, so that audiences would be familiar with the story.
The finished film is slightly different than what was originally planned. In early script versions, Tramp was first called Homer, then Rags, and Bozo. Although both the original script and the final product both shared most of the same elements, it would still be revised and revamped. Originally, Lady was to have only one next door neighbor, a Ralph Bellamy-type canine named Hubert. Hubert was later replaced by Jock and Trusty. There were numerous scenes thought up but then deleted, as well. One scene created but then deleted was one in which, while Lady fears of the arrival of the baby, she has a "Parade of the Shoes" nightmare (a plagiarized version of Dumbo's "Pink Elephants On Parade" nightmare) in which a baby bootie splits in two, then four, and continues to multiply. The dream shoes then fade into real shoes, their wearer exclaiming that the baby has been born. Another scene that was cut, a rather interesting scene, was one in which, in song, while Lady and Tramp are at the park, they engage in a Dog's World fantasy, in which the roles of both dogs and humans are switched; the dogs are the masters and vice-versa (there was also a sex scene between Lady and Tramp, which one interviewee considers "a little risque"). A 1940 script introduced the twin Siamese cats. Eventually known as Si and Am, they were originally known as Nip and Tuck. Even the rat in the film, who was originally intended to be a comic character, became a more realistic threat. In fact, it seems that Lady was practically the only character whose name never changed.
Also, it was originally intended to have Trusty die at the end of the film while saving Tramp from the dogcatcher, which is why Jock howls at his accident. Walt Disney, however, did not want a repeat of the controversy concerning the death of the mother in Bambi, and therefore Trusty was written into the epilogue sequence to say that he was merely injured.
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