The Disney+ streaming service, launching today (Nov. 12), includes a brand-new version of Lady and the Tramp—a sweet little live-action redo of the classic 1955 animated feature. This film works, primarily due to the casting of both the actual dogs and their voices.
Justin Theroux, a well-known dog-lover, is perfect for Tramp, a schnauzer mutt living the street life. The dog he provides the voice for is a perfect match—and is the spitting image of his animated counterpart. Tessa Thompson provides vocals for Lady, a cute-as-all-heck cocker spaniel.
The live-action animal-talking is well done, and the film is more engaging than the recent remake of The Lion King. The plot remains simple: Rich dog meets stray dog; rich dog becomes stray dog; dogs fall in love.
There are some major changes (there’s no Siamese-cats song, for starters), but fans of the original will find a lot to remind them of the original (like the spaghetti scene!). Your kids will love it—and if this is any indicator of the quality of the new Disney+ streaming content, things are looking good.
Lady and the Tramp is now streaming on Disney+.