“And they call it Bella Notte…” Fans of Walt Disney’s fifteenth animated feature “Lady and the Tramp” have something to celebrate this year, as today Disney announced the beloved classic would return to home video with a Walt Disney Signature Collection release.
“Lady and the Tramp” was originally released into theaters on June 22, 1955, produced by Walt Disney himself in the heyday of theatrical animation. In celebration of National Spaghetti Day on January 4th of this year, Disney revealed that the new edition of “Lady and the Tramp” will include “three versions of the film, classic bonus material, and three all-new features.”
Joining a new tradition, “Lady and the Tramp” will become the sixth animated feature in the already-cherished Walt Disney Signature Collection, alongside such time-honored titles as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Pinocchio,” “Bambi,” and “The Lion King.”
Included with the Blu-ray disc and digital releases are the original theatrical version of the film, a fun sing-along option with subtitles running along the bottom of the screen during every song, and the choice to watch the movie with audio reenactments of Walt’s story meetings, giving viewers a unique insight into how this esteemed motion picture first came together. Other bonus features include:
- Walt & His Dogs – Through archival recordings and photos, hear the tales of the dogs Walt Disney owned and loved over his lifetime.
- Stories from Walt’s Office – Take a tour of Walt’s office suite on the Studio lot, carefully re-created to look just as it did when he occupied it.
- How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About “Lady and The Tramp” – Watch a delicious lesson on how to make perfect meatballs with teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show Host Alexys Gabrielle.
- Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad – Walt’s daughter shares memories of her father and Disneyland’s early days, as well as a look at his apartment above the firehouse.
- Never-Recorded Song – “I’m Free as the Breeze” – Take a listen to a song originally meant to be sung by Tramp.
- Introduction of Boris – Tramp wasn’t always meant to be Lady’s only suitor. Meet Boris the aristocrat and Homer the peasant in this deleted scene.
- Waiting for Baby – Lady watches as Jim Dear plans out his new son’s future in this early storyboard.
- Dog Show – See the storyboards for this deleted scene in which Lady and Tramp unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of a dog show.
Classic Bonus Features on Digital Only
- Lady’s Pedigree: The Making of “Lady and the Tramp” – A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film based on an original story.
- Finding Lady: The Art of the Storyboard – Explore the origins of the storyboard and how they’re used by filmmakers today.
- Original 1943 Storyboard Version of the Film – View a unique presentation of the original 1943 storyboards for “Lady and the Tramp.”
- PuppyPedia: Going to the Dogs – Wild and wacky comedian Fred Willard takes us on an outing to the dog park to learn all about dogs and their owners.
- Turning the Tables – In this story-reel presentation, Tramp dreams of a world where dogs run the show and humans are on the other end of the leash.
- The Arrival of Baby – In this alternate scene re-created from original storyboards and with original voice talent, Lady makes way for a new arrival.
- Baby Arrives – Lady is baffled by the strange goings-on in the house—the arrival of a squealing bundle only deepens the mystery.
- Lady’s Sweater – Lady gets a new sweater for her birthday and must figure out an ingenious way to lose it for good.
- 1955 Original Theatrical Trailer – More than just a trailer, this preview features several minutes of footage from the film and introduces each major character.
- 1972 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – This trailer from the 1972 rerelease heralds Disney’s “happiest motion picture.”
- 1986 Theatrical Re-Issue Trailer – Released theatrically for the 1986 holiday season, this trailer highlights the love story between Lady and the handsome Tramp.
The “Lady and the Tramp” Walt Disney Signature Collection release will become available on Digital and Movies Anywhere on Tuesday, February 20, and on Blu-ray on Tuesday, February 27 from retailers nationwide!