1955 saw the release of Disney’s 15th animated feature film, Lady and the Tramp. It was based on the original 1945 Cosmopolitan magazine story “Happy Dan, The Cynical Dog” by Ward Greene. 2012 saw the release of the Disney Store 25th Anniversary Lady and the Tramp Figurine Set. There were just 1955 of these sets produced to commemorate the date of the films original release.
Each box was approximately 3 1/2″ high by 10 1/2″ in diameter and came with a Certificate of Authenticity, like this one:
Each ceramic figurine is hand-painted with a gloss finish and is between 2″ and 4″ tall, depending on the character. Would you like to meet the pack?
As you saw in the opening image, to give a nod to the film, these figurines came in a pink hat box, just like the one Baby Lady is sitting in above.
As we all know by now, the film tells the story of a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives a refined life until she gets mixed up with a male stray mutt called Tramp. After a few adventures together, they fall in love. Precious! I resisted the temptation to use the term ‘Puppy Love’ and… Doh!
It seems almost every Disney animated classic has a controversial scene or character in view of modern sensibilities, and the Siamese Cats called Si and Am are this films shame. I don’t believe the fact that they are Siamese is the problem, but rather that they used stereotypical ‘mangled’ English in place of a real Asian accent.
Whether you have a problem with them or not, they did provide a nemesis for Lady and a vehicle to move the story along, which needed a way to get Lady banned from the house.
Every protagonist needs a faithful friend or two to support them in their darkest hour. Jock and Trusty certainly fit this bill for Lady!
Even when Lady ended up in the Dog Pound, she had a helpful companion in the form of a feisty street-wise canine named Peg (voiced by Peggy Lee).
A direct-to-video sequel, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure, was released on February 27 of 2001. I think we can safely say it wasn’t the classic its ma and pa were! Was? Doesn’t matter: Wasn’t!
These little woof-woofs are adorable and now sit upon the dresser of my wife. The same woman who tried to talk me out of buying them! Strange how things work out, isn’t it?