Disney's 'Lady and the Tramp' Remake Is an Orwellian Sanitation of America's Past of Institutionalized Racism
Like many parents, my wife and I eagerly awaited the launch of Disney Plus, which finally rolled out on Tuesday. In addition to the huge library of content expected to be available on the new streaming service, new original content was a major enticement. Months earlier we were blown away by the trailer for the live-action/CGI remake of Lady and the Tramp. I had been skeptical before (I’ve never really enjoyed seeing realistic dogs with mouths moving and speaking like humans) but the trailer made it clear to me that I just had to watch it. Which we did on Tuesday night.
Like The Lion King remake, the visuals were stunning. I appreciated the visuals of the movie as a period piece more than anything else. Like the original 1955 animated film, the new Lady and the Tramp begins on Christmas Eve in 1909, in an unnamed Midwestern town inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri.
Despite the visual achievements of the movie, the new version failed to match the charm of the 1955 original. It is by no means a shot-for-shot remake. Much of the dialogue and scenes play out much differently from the original, all while maintaining the plot.