Lady And The Tramp, poster, US re-release poster art, back from left: Tramp, Lady, 1955. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)
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Walt Disney Tried To Remove The Famous Spaghetti Scene From Lady And The Tramp
While it’s not the greatest Disney film, “Lady and the Tramp” was the first feature to be fully animated for Cinemascope and featured one of the most iconic moments in movie history. The spaghetti dinner date sees the two canine protagonists sharing a kiss through a long noodle strand, a scene that has been parodied numerous times since the film’s release in 1955.
It’s difficult to imagine “Lady and the Tramp” without the spaghetti scene, but former Disney archivist Steven Vagnini revealed that Walt Disney himself was against including it in the movie. Vagnini shared, “Walt wasn’t convinced that that would be a very clean-cut scene [...] As you can imagine, if you have two pets and they eat a plate of spaghetti, it’s hard to envision that being too graceful.”
According to the documentary “Lady’s Pedigree,” one of the company’s greatest animators, Frank Thomas, went against his boss’ wishes and put it together anyway. Art director Andy Gaskill said, “Aren’t we grateful that Frank actually persisted, that he didn’t listen to Walt? He said ‘No, I’m gonna make this work and I’ll show him. I’ll show him that it’s gonna be entertaining.”