A Not-So-Bella Notte: How Lady and the Tramp Was Almost Ruined
Some classics should be left alone, but the recent craze of live-action remakes means no movie is safe. Time and time again, people have roasted these re-creations. Remember everything that went wrong with Cats? The film was super awkward, so imagine how awful a live-action movie of dogs could be.
Well, it’s too late for that. Although nobody asked for a remake, Disney released a live-action version of Lady and the Tramp. The original story was great just the way it was until the unnecessary remake was created. But this isn’t the first time Disney tried to mess with a good thing. Some behind-the-scenes facts about the original movie could’ve kept it from being the classic that we all know today. Here’s how the animated Lady and the Tramp was almost ruined.
It Could Have Been Called “Lady and the Bozo”
It’s hard to imagine Lady and the Tramp with a different title, but it almost happened. In early script versions, the male dog wasn’t called Tramp; his name was originally Homer, then Rags, Bozo and even Mutt. Obviously, all those names were thrown in the trash.
The Famous Singer Peggy Lee Sued Disney
How could an adorable and innocent movie like Lady and the Tramp be involved in such a scandal? Let’s go back to the beginning. Singer Peggy Lee actually voiced several characters in and wrote some catchy songs for the film, including "He’s a Tramp" and "La La Lu." In 1955, Disney and Lee agreed that she would earn money for "transcriptions for sale to the public." However, the situation got messy when VHS tapes were invented around 20 years later.
Walt Disney Tried Removing the Most Iconic Scene From the Film
Lady and the Tramp is about two dogs falling in love. In one unforgettable scene, the couple has a "bella notte," sharing a big plate of spaghetti while their servers perform a romantic ballad. There were candles, music and even stars in their eyes. If this isn’t cute, we don’t know what is.
Critics Trash-Talked the Film
When Lady and the Tramp was released in theaters, critics booed and hissed at the film. The New York Times bad-mouthed the film, writing, "The flaws and poor foreshortening are more plain. Unfortunately, and surprisingly, the artists' work is below par in this film." Time wrote that it was disappointing and just didn’t work. Another critic made fun of the dogs, calling them "hippos."
The Characters’ Faces Aren’t Really the Faces of Dogs
From watching Lady and the Tramp, it’s easy to believe that the animated dogs were inspired by the features of real dogs. However, we’ve all been deceived. The adorable Lady and her dog pack were based on human faces, and not just any humans; they were based on the animators’ faces.