Lady and the Tramp Turns 50
Source: Heather Newgen
February 24, 2006

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It's hard to believe, but it's true. Disney's Lady and the Tramp turns the big 50. To help celebrate the festive occasion, Disney is releasing a 2-Disc special edition of the classic tale that will be available in stores on Tuesday, February 28.

Since this is a Platinum DVD release, the sound and picture have been digitally restored and enhanced so you'll be able to enjoy the delightful story of Lady, the pampered cocker spaniel, and her mischievous companion Tramp, who lives across the tracks, even better. In addition to the improved quality, you can look forward to the many bonus features like never before seen deleted sequences, newly discovered story concepts, a virtual puppy DVD-ROM, the original 1943 story board and trivia games.

While touring Disney's rarely seen Animation Research Library ,ComingSoon.net learned that the concept for Lady and the Tramp started in 1936 but was put on hold until 1940. The film was finally released in 1955. According to our tour guides Fox Carney and Lella Smith, it was common for Walt Disney to start a project and then stop because this was part of his creative process. He wanted to get it just right and if that meant the film didn't come out for 10 years as a result then he was fine with that.

Smith explained that Lady and the Tramp "had a couple of false starts. They liked the story, but it wasn't edgy enough or wasn't right. They said let's think about it and put it back on the shelf. In 1940 for the second or third time they revisited it. The Tramp is actually the character that was able to make Lady not seem so sweet. That added the edge."
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