FW MOVIE PICK: LADY AND THE TRAMP (2019)

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There is no denying the immense popularity of “Lady and the Tramp”, so it was only a matter of time that this theatrical animated movie would make its jump to live-action territory for better or worse! An upper-middle-class American cocker spaniel named Lady and a street-smart, stray schnauzer called Tramp embark on many adventures. The film stars the voices of Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, Janelle Monáe, and Sam Elliott with the human characters portrayed by Thomas Mann, Kiersey Clemons, Yvette Nicole Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Adrian Martinez, and Ken Jeong. I enjoyed the movie for its performances, voice acting, and direction, but hate it for its lack of heart compared to the original film. Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux are charming as the titular characters. Unlike “The Lion King”, the movie has a clever blend of using trained dogs and CGI dogs. Although sometimes it can be quite distracting, especially if they’re using real dogs that don’t always act the way they are supposed too in certain key scenes in the movie. The live-action version’s of the popular songs “La La Lu” is short and sweet, “Bella Notte” is just a romantic as ever if not as memorable and “He’s a Tramp (2019)” is still fun but doesn’t have the same energy, plus the lyrics are slightly altered. The movie features a new song called “What a Shame”. It replaces the original film’s number “The Siamese Cat Song” due to the perceived racist connotations. However the song is completely forgettable after you listen to it and the lyrics aren’t that memorable either. Overall its a harmless enough adaptation with adorable dogs and a decent first movie from Disney +. A worthy enough recommendation for Live-Action Disney Movie fans!

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