LADY AND THE TRAMP
Written By Andrew Bujalski and Kari Granlund
Composed By Joseph Trapanese
Produced By Brigham Taylor
Edited By Melissa Bretherton
Directed By Charlie Bean
Glad to know that shitty remakes also extend to Disney+ now...'Lady And The Tramp' is the latest live-action update that nobody asked for...but truth be told, I never really got that much into the original. I mean, I watched it a lot as a kid and enjoyed it...but outside of the animation which is weirdly gorgeous, you kinda think they put more like 'The Aristocats'-style animation to a story like this. But man, this has the elegance of like 'Cinderella': for some reason, it always takes one of these crappy live-action reboots to make me realize there was actually more to it than I probably originally thought...is this the live-action remake that finally breaks the mold of the past? Let's find out, this is 'Lady And The Tramp'!
LADY AND THE TRAMP: An upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel named Lady and a street-smart, stray schnauzer called Tramp embark on many adventures
The story is exactly the same: there's a little dog named Lady and she comes across this stray who is called the Tramp, their owners are having a baby which confuses her and it's all about her adapting and seeing this different lifestyle of living with a baby but then going away from that lifestyle living with the Tramp on the street and all the different point of view only this time around there's a big difference-nothing is likable! Take the animation for example: at first, I wasn't really sure what to think of it because...yeah, they really do move like dogs and it's not quite like 'Cats & Dogs' where they're clearly just filming dogs that have no direction and they just make the mouths move. Here they clearly have real dogs, but at times they switch them out with CG and...yeah, I'll admit it is kind of hard to tell which one's the CG dog and which one's the real dog as they keep the movements pretty similar. At first, I thought that was kind of clever...but the more I watched it and during the emotional moments, they're trying to talk and their heads are still kind of jerking around and they're looking everywhere and...yeah it's like a dog, but it gets in the way of the heavier moments that are supposed to be going on. Take the scene where we see the Tramp abandoned for example: it's a sad scene with how the owner throws a bone and then gets back in the car and drives away, but look at him-he licks his mouth before he gets this sad look and all I'm thinking to myself is 'would an emotionally heartbroken dog do that'. I'm sure just the real dog did and then they're like 'oh, keep it in because it's like a real dog' but it's kind of like the live-action Lion King: they're going for more realism of the animal than realism of the character and there is a balance and they're not striking right.
By far, the biggest issue though is that everything that happens in this movie seems to have no weight since most of the scenes done in the movie are done like in the last movie usually in the same order...there's a little change here and there, but it's pretty much the same thing. But in the original when something was said, a character really had to take it in: when they're told that Trusty can't smell, it's like a big deal...'what, no', they gasp, they're shocked and they're told like 'don't tell him, it would break his heart' and they have these sad faces, it's a really big thing whereas here they just say he can't smell and they go about their day. When the baby's being born, you see this big shift in the adults and how they treat Lady and how Lady reacts to them and she's not sure why and again it really effects her...whereas here she's just kind of curious, they tell her what's going on and that's about it. It feels more like a pitch meeting than an actual movie, somebody just saying and then this happens and then this happens and then this happens but there's little to no reaction what's going on since they treat it like a lame romantic comedy and...yeah it's weird that these live-action remakes make me realize it, but 'Lady And The Tramp' was more than just a lame romantic comedy: there was this elegance to it, there was this beauty, there was the sophistication, there was this respect for the characters and the music and the scenes.
I guess I should talk a little about the casting in this movie: as you probably pick up really quickly, most of the people in this are people of color. At the top of my head, I can remember seeing one white guy in the early twentieth century when I saw the trailer: I thought this seemed a little forced and was gonna be distracting...but the more I think about it, I didn't really mind since there's different ethnicity in fairy tales or 'The Princess And The Frog': you know where people are treated very different than what they're displaying. I guess I was a little surprised at how non-distracting it was: I don't know, it almost felt like a parallel universe where just racial differences just wasn't a big deal and...yeah it's a movie with talking dogs and I'm not gonna be that focused on the realism of it. Of course it is a little funny that they take out the Siamese Cat song since they don't even have Siamese cats in there...you know you could've left them the same-just change the voices! No, I see they're not bad enough for the House Of Mouse but way too bad here and they just replaced their song with the most forgettable beat...I can't remember a thing about it! Honestly a lot of this would matter less if any of the actors were...well, acting-everyone has such a bland delivery in this, like they all have to be super chipper and happy like a Hallmark card or something with the only one who has any personality is Aunt Sarah and she's not in the movie for that long but yet I guess that matches the forgettable nature of the entire flick because that's what it is: forgettable, boring and unneeded!
Overall...I know you're probably tired of me saying this whenever one of these remakes comes out, but watch the better version of 'Lady And The Tramp' if you want the better version. As for this Disney+ opus, I'm gonna go watch 'The Mandalorian' again and that is why I'm giving the live-action remake of 'Lady And The Tramp' a rating of a 5 out of 10.