Tuesday, July 29, 2014

50 things you might not know about your favorite Disney films, 1955-1986 edition (50 items)

By , Deseret News

June 10, 2014

This week, here are 50 things you might not know about 11 Disney films from the company's middle period, starting with Golden-Era classics like "Lady and the Tramp" and "Sleeping Beauty" and working through "The Great Mouse Detective" and "Oliver & Company," which ushered in a new world of computer animation.

June 4: 50 things you might not know about your favorite Disney films, 1937-1953 edition

Coming June 18: 50 things you might not know about your favorite Disney films, 1989-1996 edition

Coming June 25: 50 things you might not know about your favorite Disney films, 1998-2013 edition

Related: 15 Disney songs that were cut before they ever made it onto the big screen

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1 of 50. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Walt Disney first suggested a story built around a pretty, pampered dog in 1937 after visiting Disney studio artist Joe Grant (pictured), his wife, and their springer spaniel named Lady. Disney registered the title "Lady" with the Motion Picture Association of America that year, with plans to create a short film. Reality became part of the story again when the Grants had a baby in 1939. The new arrival to the Grant household confused Lady, and Disney artists subsequently created story drawings and outlines for a "Lady and the Baby" plot in 1939, 1940 and 1941.

2 of 50. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

At one point in development, "Lady and the Tramp" was set in San Francisco during the 1906 earthquake.

3 of 50. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Walt Disney wanted the animals in the film to be realistic, so reference models were used. The model for Tramp was a stray mutt found by associate producer and storyman Erdman Penner. The dog was actually female, and was later adopted and lived at the Disneyland Pony Farm.

4 of 50. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

Hildegarde, a cocker spaniel used as one of the models for Lady, belonged to Verna Felton, the voice actress behind Disney characters like Cinderella's fairy godmother ("Cinderella"), Dumbo's mother ("Dumbo), the Queen of Hearts ("Alice in Wonderland"), Flora ("Sleeping Beauty") and Aunt Sarah ("Lady and the Tramp").

5 of 50. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

More than 150 animators and artists worked for four years on "Lady and the Tramp," creating 2 million drawings and 110,000 frames of finished film.

An animated film like "Lady and the Tramp" would run about 24 frames per second.

>> Walt Disney, cinema cartoon film king, introduced the two stars of new full length film "The Lady and the Tramp," during the press conference he gave at Dorchester Hotel, July 7, 1953, London, England.
1. JBQ
Saint Louis, MO,
June 16, 2014

The "middle years" was the glory time when the vision of Walt Disney came to fruition and inspired children. The modern years are fraught with a "darker vision" with more edgy themes that upset such as Roy Disney who attempted to bring it to a halt but failed. There was even a spin off of a company with a "winged horse" symbol which secretly made "controversial" films under the Disney banner.

2. madcat68
June 17, 2014

Hmm... missing the Black Cauldron that was released in 1985. That move almost bankrupted Disney.

3. BU52
Provo, ut,
June 23, 2014

And this occupies the news because???