Disneytoons 15th film.
My opinion right after watching movie
My opinion on the film is that it does have a lot of the same flaws that The Little Mermaid 2 has. It suffers from the kid learning the exact same thing the parents did, and the parents being overly uptight. I do not like how the dog point of view was completely taken away in this film, but there is some heart in this film, though it does not override the flaws the film has.
Once again, there is no info on the production of this film.
So it is 1911, and a few days before Independence Day, which is where the film starts, also a bunch of people singing Welcome. The family is strolling through their town, and when they reach home, we soon realize that Lady (Jodi Benson) and Tramp (Jeff Bennett)’s daughters Annette, Danielle, and Collette (Kath Soucie) are pretty much identical, but their son Scamp (Scott Wolf) is a spoiled rebel, who wants to be his “own dog” and to fly like the Colors of the Wind, blah, blah, blah.
So Jim Dear and his face (Nick Jameson) grabs Scamp and ties him to the outhouse, saying that it is the only way to learn. It is 5 minutes in the film, and I already know where this film is going *eye roll*
Lady and Tramp watch this happen, and she sees that Tramp does not feel bad for his son, since he was a bad boy himself. Tramp goes outside to speak to his son, who constantly tells him that he wants to be a real dog, and he wants to be adventurous, so on and so on and so on. Tramp yells at him, saying that there will be no wild dogs in his house, and…… GOSH Scamp is annoying.
The next morning, Scamp sees a bunch of dogs attack the dog shelter through the hole of the fence, and he is impressed by a female dog named Angel (Alyssa Milano). Scamp sings a song about him wanting to be a wild dog, not caring about his family, and wanting to experience a world without fences, and by the end of the song, the chain got broken, which gets him to finally leave the house and into the real world.
He meets up with Angel, who takes him to the junkyard to the team the Junkyard Dogs, but the leader Buster (Chazz Palminteri) is standoffish, since Scamp is a house dog. They all decide to sing another song…… Oh no. Apparently, Scamp needs a bunch of training before they can add him to the group.
Anyways, Lady realizes that her son is missing, and rushes to her husband and everyone in the house to tell them. A search party is immediately held to find him, which is not that successful, which is why Tramp decides to go look for his son by himself.
Scamp’s training consists of stealing a can from a sleeping dog, which he almost pulls off, but makes a bunch of noise, causing the dog to want to bite his ass. Him and Angel run from the dog, only for the dog shelter to drive after them, which manages to catch Angel, only for Scamp to save her. Everyone is in awe, and she thanks him for saving her life, since no one else would have done it.
Somehow, the conversation ends up about Tramp teaching Busto everything about being a street dog back in the day, and everyone was idolizing him. Busto tells him that Tramp was nothing more than a sellout, since he is pissed that Tramp fell in love with Lady, and that he forced Tramp to choose, but he chose Lady. Why do I NOT remember Busto from the first film? Anyways, Scamp is completely shocked from all of this, and questions why his father would give up all of this…… You think Scamp would be grateful for this, otherwise, he would not exist.
Scamp walks off by himself, talking to himself about all of this, only for Angel to follow him, and asks him why does he not want to go back to his family. He says that it does not matter, since he is sick of being told what to do. You know not once has he said that he misses his family. So they almost get ran over by a train, and this somehow leads to a love montage song between the two of them. They walk past all of the places that his parents went through on their date in the first film; even to the same restaurant. When he sees his owner and parents, he forces them to hide, and Tramp almost finds him.
The two then look through the window of his house, and sees his entire family sad, only for him to say that he did not expect them to miss him that much. Angel pretty much calls him ungrateful, since she wishes she had a family like he does, but he still thinks he needs to be a junkyard dog, and that they were so horrible in that house.
It is Independence Day, and the family is a bit too sad to enjoy the festivities, while Aunt Sarah (Tress MacNellie) blows off Scamp’s disappearance. Busto sees Tramp, and demands Scamp to steal chicken form them for his final task, which he does after being called a house dog. The entire picnic is ruined, and Tramp goes up to him to speak to his son, with Scamp saying that it is awesome being a junkyard dog, but his father would know all about that. Busto shows up to lash out at Tramp, and Tramp says that he is jealous that he fell in love with Lady…… pretty much.
The brat chooses Busto, and Tramp says that he needs to learn all on his own, before he walks off. Scamp becomes a junkyard dog, and his chain is removed, which they all celebrate… but Angel. She tells him that he is better than this, and he throws her under the bus to the crew, saying she wants a family. So she is removed of, and Scamp looks for her, ashamed of what he did. So the dog only feels bad when it affects Angel…….. I am….. astounded. Busto gets him taken by the Dog Shelter, and now he realizes that Busto is absolute scum.
Angel sees him being carried to the dog shelter, and runs to his home to tell Lady and Tramp that their son is in the shelter. They get him out of there, and they have a reunion. In the morning, the owners, his sister, and their baby is excited to see him, and Angel walks off, only for Darling to tell Jim Dear to adopt Angel, which of course happens.
The movie is extremely short; it is literally an hour long. It would have been nice to see more of the returning characters, and the family, since I felt like they were very one sided. Scamp is overly obnoxious, and I felt like the main plot is EXTREMELY redundant. It does not really continue the story of Lady and the Tramp that well, and it reminds me of The Little Mermaid 2. Well, the movie looks nice……….
The characters are not……. that good in the film. They are not horrible, but that does not mean that they are good.
Ugh, as you can tell from the movie, I do not like him at all. He is the most ungrateful, unlikable child I have ever seen in Disney; yes, even worse than Ariel and her daughter. He has NO regard for anyone, and is just an entitled brat who thinks he knows everything, and the way they execute his story makes him extremely unlikable. His development is extremely rushed and contrived….. almost non existent.
She is probably the only character that I really liked in this film. Angel was only with the Junkyard Dogs since she needed some sort of home, which was the closest thing she can get. Angel was not the typical love interest, but she is still….. only a love interest.
Apparently, he was bud buds with Tramp (was not in the first film), and….. I just looked at Wikipedia to realize that his name is Buster… not Busto (I have been watching too much Big Brother 6….). He is bitter about Tramp going with Lady, and is the leader of the Junkyard crew. Everyone ditches him at the end of the film to go find a family. I guess he was a decent villain.
Tramp gets some focus, but he is kind of like Ariel in the sequel, but not as annoying and hypocritical. He wants his son to follow the rules, and is saddened when his past comes up to him. Otherwise, he barely got focus in the film, but not much.
She was barely present in the film, and was extremely subdued. All she really did was miss her son, and tend to Tramp’s saddening mood and ego. Not impressed.
The animation in this film is pretty damn good, I have to admit it. While it is disturbing to see the faces of the humans, and some of the backgrounds are a bit too generic, the colors, designs, and the contrasts between colors, foregrounds, and backgrounds are nice.
There is absolutely no similarity between the music of this film and its predecessor, though I should not have expected any differently, since this is a cheapquel, and the original is from the mid 1950s, with a jazz component. Overall, the score and songs in this film are extremely generic, and I only somewhat like the Welcome song.
Reception at Release
When the film was released on February 27th, 2001, and received mixed reviews, so it was sen as better than a majority of the DisneyToons films. It was nominated for some awards when it came to being a direct-to-DVD film. *shrug*.
It seems like the reception of this film has gotten worse over the years than what it was during its release. Many people hate it today, and it is considered one of the worst in the entire canon.
25/40 = 63%
Review: April 20th, 2015