Seeing the Disney classic, Lady and the Tramp brought to life during my time on set last November was such a memorable experience. After a year of not telling anyone, I am so glad that I can finally share my set experience with you! That is why I will be doing over the next few days.

Women on the set of Lady and the tramp

Lady and the Tramp Set Visit

During our time there, we were able to watch them film baby Lulu’s baby shower.The amount of time it takes for them to film each scene is incredible. Patience is definitely key but that’s what it takes for them to get it just right, especially for a movie we grew up loving.

Set in 1910, seeing the cast and various sets reflecting that time period was fascinating. So much work goes into finding the right pieces or creating their own when they don’t have what they need available to them. The sets are so intricately detailed!

Fun facts from the production designer, John Myhre

  • Jim Dear giving his wife, Darling a hat box with Lady inside on their first Christmas is based on something that Walt Disney did for his wife, so them reenacting that for the film was special.
  • They used “…Walt Disney’s love of the period and how he used it in live action films in the Fifties and Disneyland as sort of a little bit of an inspiration” for their design.
  • They “took some of the things that were at Disneyland like the river boat and the street cars and uh, and worked them into the script.”
  • When creating the sets, a lot of details were put into the lower portions of the room because of the dogs and their point of view.
  • “…even in the scene where Tramp chases Ratso around, it’s all very controlled what breaks and doesn’t break, so there’s toys and things that break that we had to then take and make copies of so we had the original, but then we copied it so we had some that would break away and all.”
  • Mark Forbes brought the dogs in to get acquainted with the sets.
  • When they are done using the furniture on set, Disney will archive it.

I’ll be sharing more about my Lady and the Tramp set visit and interviews with some of the cast over the next week, so be sure to check back for those.

More about Lady and the Tramp

In Disney+’s “Lady and the Tramp,” a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, a pampered house dog and a tough but lovable stray embark on an unexpected adventure and, despite their differences, grow closer and come to understand the value of home. Life is good for Lady, an overachieving American Cocker Spaniel who resides in an upscale suburban neighborhood. Her owners, Jim Dear and Darling, spoil her daily and her neighbors, Jock, an outspoken Scottish Terrier and Trusty, a world-weary Bloodhound, are always within barking distance.

But when a baby enters the picture, Lady is no longer the center of attention, and the arrival of cat-loving Aunt Sarah only complicates matters. Lady soon finds herself alone on the streets in an unwelcoming part of town. Fortunately, Tramp steps in, and the streetwise mongrel is quick to teach her the ways of the world. Before long, the prim and proper pure bred and the fast-talking mutt are partaking in moonlight strolls in the park and romantic spaghetti dinners by candlelight. Tramp savors the independence of a world without leashes or fences alongside his roguish friends Peg and Bull, but Lady misses the comfort and safety of a family, and soon both must decide where – and with whom – they belong.

A heartwarming romantic adventure that seamlessly combines live action and photorealistic animation, “Lady and the Tramp” stars: Tessa Thompson as the voice of Lady and Justin Theroux as the voice of Tramp; Kiersey Clemons as Darling; Thomas Mann as Jim Dear; Janelle Monáe as the voice of Peg; Yvette Nicole Brown as Aunt Sarah; and Sam Elliott as the voice of Trusty.

Lady and the Tramp is available for streaming on Disney+ November 12th!

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