Disney+ is formally reside as of immediately and that implies that subscribers can watch a complete host of previous and new Disney content material, together with Lady and the Tramp. The live-action remake/reimagining of Disney’s 1955 animated basic makes a notable change from the unique in that it reworks the controversial Siamese cat track. It’s a change that Lady and the Tramp stars Justin Theroux and Tessa Thompson are glad to see, as they defined:
Rather than omitting the scene with the cats completely, as different of Disney’s live-action remakes have executed for his or her controversial parts, Lady and the Tramp fully reworked the Siamese cat scene and introduced them differently. The duo nonetheless will get a track, however a special one and their general look will not be offensive in the way in which it’s within the unique film. They’re not even Siamese cats anymore. The result’s a scene that Justin Theroux considers to be a serious enchancment.
The actor who voices Tramp within the movie simply desires individuals to have the ability to get pleasure from Lady and the Tramp, and together with the Siamese cat track because it was within the unique (which might by no means occur), would detract from that enjoyment. So he views updates just like the reworked Siamese cat track as a means to enhance on what got here earlier than, and create a product that trendy audiences can love.
Tessa Thompson additionally brings up an awesome level to Yahoo Entertainment in regards to the alternatives afforded by these remakes. As she stated, the advantage of taking a look at these basic movies once more and remaking them, is that you are able to do so with a contemporary lens. By taking the core parts of those basic movies that work and updating them for immediately’s audiences, you can provide the tales new life.
Whether that course of ends in a greater general movie is one other query, however updating a narrative and enhancing upon issues, whereas eliminating stuff that not works are good objectives for any remake to have. And for Lady and the Tramp, the Siamese cat track needed to go.
For these unfamiliar with it, “The Siamese Cat Song,” often known as “We Are Siamese (If You Please)” is a track sung by two Siamese cats named Si and Am within the unique Lady and the Tramp. These two cats that torment Lady are drawn with slanted eyes and buckteeth, a racist caricature of Asians generally used within the post-war interval. Singer Peggy Lee even impacts a stereotypical Asian accent in her efficiency. You can see the unique track within the video beneath.
So yeah, that hasn’t aged effectively. But it’s good to know that the scene was reworked for the brand new film. Of course, the Siamese cat track from Lady and the Tramp is much from the one factor in Disney’s previous that’s considered as problematic immediately. While some stuff like Song of the South seems to be like it would perpetually be a everlasting resident of the vault, different older content material on Disney+ is getting a warning for outdated cultural depictions.
Lady and the Tramp is now streaming on Disney+. Check out our information to see what different live-action remakes Disney has within the works.