Peggy Lee later sued Disney for breach of contract claiming that she still retained rights to the transcripts. She was awarded $2.3m, but not without a lengthy legal battle with the studio which was finally settled in 1991.
In the climax of the picture, Jock and Trusty bring down the dog catcher`s wagon, with Tramp inside. After this, Jock discovers that Trusty has been injured and pinned under the wagon. Jock is very sad because Trusty was originally supposed to die in this scene. That is why Jock nudges him and he does not rouse. When Walt Disney viewed this scene, he was shocked. Walt did not want a repeat of the traumatic scene in Bambi (1942). He thought it was too intense. Walt then made the animators put Trusty into the end Christmas scene to reassure the audience that Trusty was simply knocked out and injured in the previous scene.
The first feature-length animated movie to be made in widescreen (2.55:1). Made simultaneously in both a widescreen CinemaScope version and a standard Academy ratio version. It`s also the widest film the company has ever created.
"Darling`s" real name is never used, even her friends call her "darling" at the baby shower. It is unclear if that`s her name or an endearment
Though it is partially based on a story called "Happy, the Whistling Dog", this is considered the first fully-original Disney animated story.
The mischievous young puppy at the end of the film (the one who resembles his father, Tramp) is called "Scamp". He was featured in a children`s book, a syndicated daily comic strip, and, in 2001, his own direct-to-video film.
The idea of Lady being given as a present in a hat box came from an event in real life. Walt Disney gave his wife a dog the same way.
Before animating the fight between Tramp and the rat, animator Wolfgang Reitherman kept rats in a cage next to his desk to study their actions.
In the 1999 video release, some scenes had pieces of dialogue missing that had been part of the original theatrical release. This was believed to be caused by the studio restoration process that incorporated both US and international formats of the film, which inadvertently created a hybrid version. Disney often produces different international and foreign versions of their films to make the foreign dialogue fit.
The 1962 re-release of this film was shown on a double bill with the first release of Disney`s Almost Angels (1962).
In early script versions, Tramp was first called Homer, then Rags and Bozo. A 1940 script introduced the twin Siamese cats. Eventually known as Si and Am, they were then named Nip and Tuck.
Peggy Lee helped promote the film on the Disney TV series, explaining her work with the score and singing a few numbers.
Legend has it that the film`in which Darling unwraps a hat box on Christmas morning and finds Lady inside is based upon an actual incident in ;Walt Disney s opening sequence``s life. After he`d forgotten a dinner date with his wife, he offered her the puppy-in-the-hat box surprise and was immediately forgiven.
A model of the inside of Jim Dear and Darling`s house was built as a guide for staging.
# The decision to film in Cinemascope was made when the film was already in production, so many background paintings had to be extended to fit the new format. Overlays were often added to cover up the seams of the extensions.
The laugh of the Hyena in the zoo is repeatedly used in several Crash Bandicoot video games for the "voice" of the character Ripper Roo.
The original story was created by Joe Grantwhile Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was nearing post-production. Ward Greene used Joe Grant`s original version as the basis for his novel. Greene`s novel was still being written while the film was still in production. Grant`s wife was said to have been angry over the story being "stolen" but Walt Disney maintained all legal rights to the story.
The film`s setting was partly inspired by Walt Disney`s boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri.
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