Released on June 16, 1955, Lady And The Tramp was another technical milestone for The Walt Disney Company. Because Walt was always on the forefront of new technologies- remember, he got his big break making Steamboat Willie in sound- Lady and the Tramp was the first animated feature made in the new widescreen format. The press materials of the day promoted the film as “the first all-cartoon feature in CinemaScope.”
Hedging his bets, Walt Disney also had the film photographed in standard Academy format for theaters lacking the new CinemaScope system. However, by the time that the film was completed, CinemaScope had been so popular that the Academy version stayed almost entirely unseen for decades.
For the two releases, the original cels were actually photographed twice (as opposed to cropping the widescreen version, or expanding the Academy format version). The film was recomposed for each different version.
This film was re-released theatrically in 1962, 1971, 1980 and 1986. It was then released to VHS video in 1987 and 1998, and then on DVD in 1999. Within weeks of its release (for Christmas 1987) on Walt Disney Home Video, Lady and the Tramp set a record for video film sales, beating the previous record (2.9 million units) set by Top Gun in 1986. By February 1988, it had become the first film on video with sales exceeding 3 million units.
Peggy Lee sued Disney for royalty payments as her contract specified theatrical releases. The court ruled she was entitled to payments for all future releases.
Both Alan Reed and Verna Felton went on to perform together again on The Flintstones, respectively as Fred Flintstone and Pearl Slaghoople. Verna Felton passed away exactly one day before Walt Disney.
Lady And The Tramp
- Traditional Animation
- Walt Disney Studios
- Distributed by: Buena Vista Film Distribution
- Cartoon Characters: Lady, Tramp, Jock, Trusty, Si, Am, Tony, Joe, Jim Dear, Darling, Aunt Sarah, Peg, Boris, Toughy, Nutsy, Pedro, Bulldog, Dachsie, Beaver, Scamp, Dog Catcher, Policeman, The Professor, Pedro, Hyena, Old Sailor, Polar Bear.
- Voice Actors: Peggy Lee, Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Bill Thompson, Bill Baucom, Verna Felton, George Givot, Lee Millar, Stan Freberg, Alan Reed; Full Voice Cast ...
- Directed By Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson.
- Produced By Walt Disney, Erdman Penner.
- Animated By Ed Aardal, Hal Ambro, Jack Campbell, Bob Carlson, Eric Cleworth, Hugh Fraser, John Freeman, Jerry Hathcock, George Kreisl, Don Lusk, Cliff Nordberg, Ken O’Brien, John Sibley, Harvey Toombs; more Animators ...
- Written By Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ralph Wright, Don DaGradi, Ward Greene.
- Awards: Winner, David di Donatello Award, Best Foreign Production, 1956.
- Music: Oliver Wallace, Peggy Lee, Sonny Burke, Edward Plumb, Sidney Fine, John Rarig; more Musicians ...
- Editor: Don Halliday.
- Originally Released on June 16, 1955.
- Originally Released Theatrically.
- Running Time: 76 minutes.
- TechniColor, CinemaScope