tek's rating: ¼

Lady and the Tramp (PG), on Disney+
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This is a 2019 live-action remake of the 1955 animated film of the same name. I don't really feel like explaining much of the plot, because it's mostly the same overall story as the original, but with some details added or changed. On the whole I'd say I liked it less than the original, though that may just be because it seemed sort of unnecessary, to me. It's really not a bad movie, and I liked it a bit more than I expected to. Plus the cats aren't Siamese and sing a totally different song than in the original, so it's good to avoid the racism. I do want to say that the internet informs me real dogs were used in the movie, which I thought were CGI. I mean, I thought they looked almost realistic, but not quite. I think some CGI was used, but I'm not sure how much or in what way.

Anyway, as you probably know, it's about a dog named Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson), who meets a stray dog called Tramp (among other names). Lady also has a couple of dog friends named Trusty (Sam Elliott) and Jock (in this movie, unlike the original, Jock is a female, her name being short for Jacqueline). And Tramp has a couple of dog friends named Peg (Janelle Monáe) and Bull. Lady's owners have a baby named Lulu, at which point they start paying less attention to Lady, just as Tramp predicted. And at one point they go away for a few days, leaving Aunt Sarah (Yvette Nicole Brown) to look after Lady. As in the original, Sarah's cats make a lot of trouble, for which Lady gets blamed. Meanwhile, there's a dog catcher (Adrian Martinez, whom I know from Stumptown) who's constantly trying to catch Tramp. And... yeah, I guess that's all I want to say. You could check my review of the original for more details, or check one of the links I've provided above, if you're interested.

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live-action re-imaginings of animated (or partly animated) Disney movies
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101 Dalmatians (1996) * Maleficent (2014) * Cinderella (2015) * Pete's Dragon (2016) * The Jungle Book (2016) *
Beauty and the Beast (2017) * Dumbo (2019) * Aladdin (2019) * Lady & the Tramp (2019) * Mulan (2020) * Cruella (2021) *
Pinocchio (2022) * Peter Pan & Wendy (2023) * The Little Mermaid (2023)
In Development: Snow White * Moana * Lilo & Stitch * et al.

I have a tendency to think of this trend as having started with "Maleficent," though I didn't think of it as a "thing" until "Cinderella" came out, and other re-imaginings had been announced. But then I started thinking I should include Alice in Wonderland (2010) as the start of the modern trend (but later decided against considering that part of the trend at all, since it's more of a sequel than a reimagining), as well as remembering that there were other such movies even before that. (I thought I might include 1994's "The Jungle Book", but later decided maybe not.) But particularly since "Cinderella," there have been increasing numbers of old animated Disney movies being remade or completely re-imagined, in live-action. There will be some things I don't include as part of this trend, like TV movies (such as "Geppetto"). And no straight-up modern sequels to old movies, even if they really feel to me like part of this trend (such as "Mary Poppins Returns"). Also no remakes of movies that were live-action to begin with (such as "That Darn Cat", "The Parent Trap", "Freaky Friday", etc.) And obviously no animated remakes of films (which I consider "The Lion King" to be), whether the original was animated or live-action. And no live-action re-imaginings of old Disney movies by other studios (such as "Snow White and the Huntsman" or "Mirror Mirror"). Also I won't bother listing sequels to re-imaginings, unless they're clearly re-imaginings of old sequels to the original movies; but that's just getting too complicated. As for 2016's "Pete's Dragon," that's complicated, itself, considering the original was mostly live-action, and only the dragon was animated. And of course in the remake, it's still just the dragon that's animated (this time as CGI), but I just can't help feeling like the remake is part of this overall trend. Especially considering that the "Jungle Book" movie that came out the same year uses a lot of CGI, itself.