Lady (voiced by Barbara Luddy) has never known anyone else since birth other than her two beloved owners that spoil her rotten. Lady is a cocker spaniel, a breed well-known for their large floppy ears and beautiful fur. Lady is no different, she is as beautiful and obedient as they come. When her masters finally begin the process of having a baby their attention is shifted onto the new infant. Lady is left out in the cold literally and figuratively. She complains in earnest to her two best friends in the neighborhood, Trusty (Bill Baucom) and Beaver (Stan Freeberg). They commiserate together but both older and far wiser dogs understand the baby will take precedence but it does not mean her owners love her any less. They are simply preoccupied with their newborn. Feeling forlorn and neglected, Lady is poised for an adventure. When her owners are called out of town unexpectedly, Aunt Sarah (Verna Felton) assumes the mantle of being the master of the house. She is a cat lover (and owner of two Siamese trouble makers) and despises dogs. Feeling fatigued by Lady's heroics and consequent barking, Aunt Sarah has her muzzled. In the process Lady chooses to escape and to run away from the newfound cruelty.
Lady's escape brings her once again into contact with the swashbuckling Tramp (Larry Roberts). Their first encounter did not go swimmingly but without much of a choice, Lady learns to trust him. Essentially, Lady is on her own for the first time and Tramp is an expert at evading capture and at manipulating restauranteurs into feeding him. Together they experience some wonderful adventures and Lady discovers a whole new aspect of life that can be seized if only she will be brave and open to new activities. Once Lady learns of Tramp's abundance of success with the fairer sex her indignation rises. Only his love and blindness for all things Lady bring about his capture by the pound.
Lady and the Tramp personifies Canis Familiaris in the most precise manner I have ever seen. Dogs come alive in all of their glory and retain their distinctive characteristics and reactions to human stimuli. More to the point, new and potential dog lovers will have the chance to grow to understand why canines make the best and most lovable pets. Dogs truly are companions and we must love them for their whole lives. Considering Lady and the Tramp is 57 years old it is stunning how contemporary Disney's ingenious technicians have been able to make it look. New audiences would never guess its age and that boon will allow a brand new generation of children to appreciate this old-fashioned love story. Two wagging tails up folks!
Lady and the Tramp on Blu-ray now includes deleted scenes, a deleted song, the Siamese Cat song "We are Siamese if we Please" and of course Disney's Second Screen technology that allows viewers to watch movies interactively.
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