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Secrets From The Set Of Lady and the Tramp

You can watch Lady and the Tramp, streaming exclusively on Disney+, starting on November 12, 2019. 


I’ve visited a few film sets over the years, and I’ve seen a lot of green screens. Movie-making magic is pretty cool, and I love all of the things they can create with technology. When you watch the new live-action Lady and the Tramp on Disney+, you might be expecting lots of post-production wizardry bringing the film to life. They definitely employed some CGI to make the film, but you’ll also be seeing a whole lot of practical sets and things that are pretty darn close to exactly the way the camera caught them. 


Production Designer John Myhre took me on a tour of the set when I visited Savannah last year, with a first stop in baby Lulu’s nursery. “Georgia was a great place to make the movie, and our set decorator, Gordon Sim, went to every city within five hours and went to every antique store and swap meet and found all of this.” They reupholstered and painted their finds, including a real fireplace purchased on eBay. Those efforts created a room that looked unified and new, despite being filled with antiques. Although many of the antiques they found needed some work, not everything was refreshed. “We did find an amazing collection of real period stuffed animals that were mint.” And yes, it took every bit of restraint I had to not sneak a tiny plush bear home with me. 

How Disneyland Inspired The Lady and the Tramp Remake


The original film begins at Christmas in 1909, and the filmmakers wanted to stick with that because they felt it was a time period Walt Disney really loved. Walt’s beloved Disneyland served as part of the film’s inspiration. “[The] first thing you see when you walk in is Main Street USA, which is this kind of 1910 period,” says Myhre. “We actually took some of the things that were at Disneyland, like the riverboat and the streetcars, and worked them into the script.” 

The Lady And The Tramp Set Was Designed From A Dog’s Perspective


The dogs’ height played a roll in the set design. “This room needs to look great for us standing here, but it needs to look even better for dogs that are two-foot-tall.” That meant paying particular attention to things like the legs of the furniture. “I’m particularly proud of is this molding detail, which is a made-up thing,” according to Myhre. “It’s a complete fantasy, but I thought if we’re gonna have detail, why put it up in the ceiling?”

Some Of The Antiques In Lady And The Tramp Were Recreated Just So They Could Be Destroyed


Some of the original pieces found for the film were recreated for the more destructive scenes. “It’s all very controlled, what breaks and doesn’t break,” says Myhre. When Tramp is saving Lulu from Ratso, or when Aunt Sarah’s cats are destroying the living room? Those are all recreations of the original antiques. I ran into Myhre last year at the Mary Poppins Returns premiere, and he told me that they were currently filming the cat scenes and that things looked very different from when I visited. 

What Easter Eggs Can You Spot In Lady and the Tramp?


It wouldn’t be a Disney film without a few Easter Eggs. Myhre took screengrabs of graphics from the original animated film. “When you see signs on the street, they’re inspired by the film.” They even recreated the awning and cake seen in the window of Francois Pastries, so keep an eye out when you watch!

About The Lady And The Tramp Remake

In Disney+’s “Lady and the Tramp,” a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, a pampered house dog and a tough but lovable stray embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home. Life is good for Lady, an overachieving American Cocker Spaniel who resides in an upscale suburban neighborhood. Her owners, Jim Dear and Darling, spoil her daily and her neighbors, Jock, an outspoken Scottish Terrier and Trusty, a world-weary Bloodhound, are always within barking distance. But when a baby enters the picture, Lady is no longer the center of attention, and the arrival of catloving Aunt Sarah only complicates matters. Lady soon finds herself alone on the streets in an unwelcoming part of town. Fortunately, Tramp steps in, and the streetwise mongrel is quick to teach her the ways of the world. Before long, the prim and proper pure bred and the fast-talking mutt are partaking in moonlight strolls in the park and romantic spaghetti dinners by candlelight. Tramp savors the independence of a world without leashes or fences alongside his roguish friends Peg and Bull, but Lady misses the comfort and safety of a family, and soon both must decide where – and with whom – they belong. A heartwarming romantic adventure that seamlessly combines live action and photorealistic animation, “Lady and the Tramp” stars: Tessa Thompson as the voice of Lady and Justin Theroux as the voice of Tramp; Kiersey Clemons as Darling; Thomas Mann as Jim Dear; Janelle Monáe as the voice of Peg; Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah; and Sam Elliott as the voice of Trusty. The film is directed by Charlie Bean from a screenplay by Andrew Bujalski and Kari Granlund, and is produced by Brigham Taylor with Diane L. Sabatini serving as executive producer.

“Lady and the Tramp” premieres on November 12, 2019, streaming only on Disney+.

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