Released in 1955, Lady and the Tramp was Walt Disney’s ninth feature film and the first filmed in CinemaScope, a new pan-view screen format that was developed to accommodate the growing interest in widescreen films amongst movie goers. Disney story man Joe Grant first developed the concept for Lady and the Tramp in the late 1930s; Grant was inspired by the behavior of his English Cocker Spaniel, who was named Lady, following the birth of his child.
While Disney enjoyed Grant’s concept, he thought that the storyline was too sweet, and lacked action. In the early 1940s, Disney altered Grant’s storyline after reading “Happy Dan, the Whistling Dog”, a short story written by Ward Greene for Cosmopolitan Magazine. Disney thought that Grant’s sweet story would be improved if Lady met and fell in love with a cynical dog character, much like the one found in Greene’s story. As they had done with deer for Bambi, Disney animators studied different breeds of dogs to capture their movement and personalities. The animators chose to create the film from Lady’s point of view; the faces of her owners Jim Dear and Darling, whose names also reflect her perspective, are rarely seen.
However, the Untied States' entrance into World War II halted production on the film, as Disney animators were tasked with creating instructional and propaganda films for the war effort. It wasn’t until 1953- fifteen years after its initial creation- that Lady and the Tramp was ready for final production. When the film was released in theaters in 1955 it became an instant box office success; today it is an American movie classic, and one of the greatest romance films of all time. This one of a kind production cel on master background featuring Lady and the Tramp measures 31”x 21” framed and is in excellent condition - don’t miss out on a chance to own a piece of animation history! SOLD