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‘Lady and the Tramp’ issues a familiar bark to introduce Disney+

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Granted, this probably would have landed closer to the "Dumbo" end of the box-office spectrum than "The Lion King" or "Aladdin" in its appeal, but there's still a certain opportunity cost in producing this sort of film for streaming, underscoring just how serious Disney and other players are about trying to give consumers some bang for their subscription bucks.Setting those logistics aside, "Lady and the Tramp" expands on the story by roughly a half-hour, which, in its original form, was a wonderfully economical 76 minutes. It also avoids the thornier racial aspects of the animated film, since those Siamese cats, while still plenty destructive, haven't aged particularly well.Once again, the cocker spaniel Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson) is living a life of ease when her human owners (Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann) drop a baby into her canine paradise, upending her run of the house and sleep-on-the-bed privileges. She soon encounters the Tramp (Justin Theroux), who guides her a tour of life without a leash, all while avoiding the dog catcher obsessed with corralling him.There are still most of the customary songs, including the Italian serenade "Bella Notte," with F. Murray Abraham as the restauranteur Tony. Director Charlie Bean and writers Andrew Bujalski and Kari Granlund also employ some nice subtle touches, generally making the people dumber, dog-wise, and the dogs more oblivious to the actual words they hear.The anthropomorphic aspects work well enough, looking like ordinary dogs only with moving mouths. The casting is also clever, with Sam EllioRead More – Source