Lady and the Tramp II is a nice continuation of Disney’s classic Lady and The Tramp. Nearly fifty years passed between the debut of the original Lady and The Tramp and this direct home release. One would have thought that in the time that passed between the two movies, something would have been lost along the way. But the reality of this sequel is that it’s a surprisingly enjoyable movie.
Lady and The Tramp II is enjoyable in that despite having multiple hands in the pot, the story is solid and believable. That believability is related directly to the fact that the story is relatable. It’s a coming of age story. Every person was young at one time. Who during their youth hasn’t had the desire to break out and really be independent and experience life? That’s Scamp’s “predicament.” Scamp only sees life as a bunch of rules. He feels that he’s being held back by all the rules and is only getting punished. Again, what person hasn’t felt this way during their youth? As a result of this feeling, Scamp manages to break off of his leash, and join Buster and the Junkyard Dogs. Along the way, Scamp discovers a secret that his dad, Tramp, had kept from him. That secret plays into the story’s ultimate outcome, which is a happy one, of course.
The coming of age story centered on Scamp is just part of the whole that makes Lady and The Tramp II enjoyable. The story also carries a touching message about family. While Scamp might have run off for a period of time, he comes to realize the importance of family, and that his own parents (Tramp and Lady) would always be there for him no matter what. This is a message that audiences of all ages will appreciate.
The story behind Lady and The Tramp II goes a long way toward making it an enjoyable watch. It isn’t all that makes it enjoyable, either. The movie makes countless references to the 1955 original throughout its roughly one hour and nine minute run time. Those references include not just little things like the stained glass window in the house, or the reference to the famed spaghetti scene at Tony’s restaurant or even the return of many characters from the original film. Also included is the fact that the people behind this movie’s creation made a valid attempt to stay true to the animation of the original film.
The bonus behind the scenes feature describing how this movie came to life adds even more appreciation to it. It echoes the sentiments shared in the making of featurette in the recently released Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs re-issue. The crew behind this movie mentions the importance of making the feature hand drawn, rather than relying solely on CG. One of the individuals notes that while it’s okay to use CG as a tool, it would be almost dishonorable to go the route that so many companies have gone, and just do things the easy way. It shows that they really wanted to do honor to the memory of the original movie. For that, the crew that brought this movie to life should be commended.
Lady and The Tramp II isn’t Lady and the Tramp. But that isn’t a bad thing. It’s a continuation of the original story. And it’s a real and believable story. Now that Disney has re-issued it on a blu-ray/DVD combo pack, families are getting another chance to enjoy this movie for the first time again. It’s one that every family will enjoy after watching and will over time itself become a modern classic from Disney.
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