Thursday, September 17, 2009

best films: #89: LADY AND THE TRAMP (1955)

Previously ranked and blogged at #88
Ah, love. Who knew that one of the all-time most romantic movies would be between two canines? Well, it should seem pretty obvious. It's the classic tale of the brutish rogue wooing the high-class society girl. Throw in some adorable Disney-fied score, a sultry number from Peggy Lee as a bad-girl pound dog, and one of the most iconic scenes in film history (and certainly the most iconic one involving spaghetti) and you've got yourself one for the ages. Lady and the Tramp is both highly romantic and the best flick the studio offered for nearly 15 years prior and more than 30 years after. To top all of it off, the inclusion of "Bella Notte" is a treat -- it definitely ranks up their with "A Whole New World" and "Beauty and the Beast" for all-time Disney love ballads.

Standout Performance: The lovebirds make for a formidable power couple, but Trusty and Jock (voiced by Bill Baucom and Disney voice vet and original Droopy Bill Thompson, respectively) are the true top twosome.

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