Lady and the Tramp is a sharp turn from classic Disney film making, while staying faithful to the emotional and fantastical storytelling tradition. The film marks the first time an original story was told, as well as the biggest shift in animation technology since the multi-plane camera used in Snow White.
Walt Disney spent much of his childhood in Marceline, Missouri. He moved there from Chicago as a young boy and it was in Marceline that he made his first friends, began animating and fell in love with small town farm life. Marceline was a railway town, relatively prosperous, had a local cinema and shops along a downtown corridor. It was a piece of heaven in the middle of no where, connected only by dirt roads and the railway, and although never explicitly stated, many believe Marceline to be the inspiration for the town in which Lady and the Tramp was set. Continue reading