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