The kids and I had a Disney movie night tonight, watching Lady and the Tramp
for the first time in a while. My son has seen at least a dozen times, it was one of his favorites when he was younger, but I don’t think we’ve watched it he scratched the DVD a couple years ago.
Lady and the Tramp still ranks as one of my favorite Disney films. For one, it is accessible for children of any age. It lacks the violence (and fire, lots of Disney films have fire) that most of the modern films have. I have a couple of gentle souls in the house, my kids are really scaredy-cats when it comes to movies. Witches? Forgetabout. I still can’t get them to watch Snow White or Sleeping Beauty — if there is a witch anywhere on the cover of a film, they won’t watch it. Lady and the Tramp is just about the right speed for any movie night, so it was a good pick tonight.
I recall how good it looked when they re-masted the film for the 50th Anniversary DVD, it was a marked jump from the VHS edition. The Blu-ray looks stellar, but I found that the differences between it and the DVD were small (full disclosure, I’m still rocking a 36″ Sony CRT 1080p HDTV, it may be prettier on a more modern LED). I always forget how thin the 2.55:1 aspect ratio is, but it fades away quickly as the story progresses.
And the story? Well it still gets me at all the same places: Lady meeting the baby during “Star Sweeper,” during “Bella Noche” at Tony’s, when Rusty takes the long walk to the one-way door in the pound along with Peg singing “He’s a Tramp,” and finally when Trusty holds the wagon at bay and gets severely himself injured in the process.
As for the kids, they were QUIET during most of the film. That alone shows it’s just solid entertainment.