After meeting the young pups of the proud parents during the closing minutes of Disney's Lady and the Tramp 1955 film, any fan could have predicted the little fellow who resembled Dad would be trouble. Although almost fifty years have past since our first introduction to these lovable characters, the magic of animation provides us the satisfaction of discovering we were right, by picking up the story a mere six months later.
Perhaps due to his genetic inheritance, Scamp (voiced by Scott Wolf) feels fenced in by the family rules. As the surrounding community gears up for an Independence Day celebration, the adolescent canine finds his personal independence leashed, as a reprimand for his wild behavior. With no sympathy from his totally domesticated father Tramp, the rebellious pup escapes his chain and runs off to join some junkyard dogs.
In the wake of typical cartoon slapstick violence, Scamp meets Buster (Chazz Palminteri), the leader of the pack. Capitalizing on Scamp's desire for freedom and acceptance into their gang, Buster devises an initiation test that involves stealing and risking personal safety. So persuasive is the peer pressure that Scamp even ignores the disapproval and cautions of the charming mop-eared Angel (Alyssa Milano), a disenchanted pack member.
Meanwhile, the folks back home are worried about the runaway's whereabouts. Their only hope is that Scamp's experiences on the heartless streets will help him recognize the value of love and family.
This direct-to-home video release's commendable effort to teach a positive moral is hampered by silly violent depictions, scary characters, and clich0xE9d dramatic scenes. The story also sends messages of simple solutions for problems, minimal consequences for actions and endorsement of revenge tactics. While the production team went to great lengths to match the original backgrounds and color schemes, Lady and the Tramp II lacks the depth and class of its earlier parent. Like the famous spaghetti scene in the original that this sequel tries to update, Lady has gone from fine fettuccini to canned pasta.
Content Details: Beyond the Movie Ratings...
Overall: B- The depictions of rebellious attitudes, succumbing to peer pressure, seeking satisfaction from revenge and a multitude of cartoon style violent acts, clutter a story intending to teach the value of rules and the security of love and family.
Violence: B- Madcap puppy behavior (hat chewing, muddy paws). Man speaks sternly to dog, and then punishes him by leashing him outside house. Dogs tease and bite humans. Dogcatcher chases dogs with net. Slapstick style violence includes heavy objects falling on animals, animals and humans crashing into obstacles, and chase scenes resulting in property damage or people being knocked over. Dog hit by car—escapes uninjured. Dog gets electrocuted with wires—unharmed. Characters threatened by menacing bulldog. Dogs run from oncoming train, fall off bridge into water. Dark moody colors used in scenes portraying: men chasing dog that dives over waterfall to unknown fate; fight in dog pound involving biting, paw-to-paw combat, and colliding with walls, resulting in animals and human rendered unconscious. Peer pressure used to motivate character to steal.
Sexual Content: A- A female dog says in a sensuous voice that she has a bad case of puppy love. A male dog licks (kisses) the face of a female dog.
Language: A A puppy is interrupted before using an unidentified slang word.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A None.
Discussion Ideas: Talk About the Movie...
This animation is a good example of how voices can be used to define stereotypical characters. Notice how Buster the villain sounds like a mafia man, the sheepdog is played as a dim-witted accomplice, and the dogcatcher (voiced by none other than Don Knotts) is the bumbling idiot.
Why are great efforts expended to free main characters from the pound, but no thought is given to the other inmates?
Why was Tramp reluctant to share his past with his son? Do you think Scamp would have been positively or negatively affected by his father’s experiences?
Home Video Notes
Blu-ray Notes: Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventures
Release date: 21 August 2012
Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventures releases to home video as a Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack. Extras include:
- Puppy Trivia Tracks
- Audio Commentary
- The Making of Lady and the Tramp II
- Pluto Animated Shorts
- Sing Along Songs
Direct to DVD Release: 27 February 2001
Re-released to DVD: 20 June 2006
Disney has dug up a bunch of bonus extras for this DVD re-release. Chew on the Backstage Disney offerings of The Making of Lady and the Tramp II: From Tramp to Scamp (segments of the original movie inter-cut with interviews with the production team that worked on this sequel), audio commentary (by director Darrell Rooney, co-director/producer Jeannine Roussel and director of animation Steve Trenbirth) and three classic Pluto cartoons (Pluto Jr., Pluto’s Bone Trouble and Pluto’s Kid Brother). For fun and frolic, try out Hide and Seek or the Junkyard Games. As well, you can howl with the sing-along feature, which provides lyrics for five of the movie’s musical numbers. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound), French and Spanish. The aspect ratio has been enhanced for 16x9 televisions.