Saturday, January 15, 2011
Live Action Lady And The Tramp: The Real Life Reference Models
It's not too difficult to imagine Walt Disney's 1955 film, "Lady and the Tramp" as a live action film. Walt Disney himself pretty much created a live action cast in order to create the animated film. The model for Tramp was actually a female dog, and like the Tramp, she almost ended up in the pound.
The inspiration for Lady was a cocker spaniel named Blondie, owned by Disney animator Hamilton Luske. Like Lady, she no doubt had a loving family.
These wonderful pictures are from a fantastic article from a 1988 issue of The Disney Channel Magazine celebrating the world television premiere of "Lady and the Tramp" on May 7th. "A Dog's-Eye View of Life" was written by writer and film historian Frank Thompson.
This article offered a glimpse of the behind-the scenes work it took to make Walt Disney's beloved film a reality.
(The little clip above is out of order here, but I wanted to include everything from the article for posterity. Call me a modern day microfiche).
Here is Frank Thompson's article. You can zoom in on things so you don't hurt your eyes.
I'm happy that the real-life Tramp ended up in a good home! Since the model for Tramp was actually a female, I originally had a different title for this post: "The Tramp Was A Lady!"
The talented Peggy Lee was a major player in "Lady and the Tramp."
Some years ago, Walt Disney World had commercials featuring real dogs (inspired by "Lady and the Tramp") enjoying a visit to the Resort. I got a kick out of learning that the "Tramp" dog in the ad was really female, and the "Lady" dog was actually a male.