As Disney has started doing with a lot of its classics recently, the company plans to remake Lady and the Tramp as a full-on live-action movie. But unlike their other recent remakes, some details from the original movie will have to be dropped, notably a couple of feline characters.
Like cats and dogs
Lady is a beautiful, pure-bred American Cocker Spaniel, who falls in love with the Tramp, a rugged stray mutt. The movie is full of twists played out by colourful characters, a couple of whom are the wicked Siamese cats that come to stay at Lady’s house when their owner is baby-sitting. They are a living pun for Siamese twins as well as Siamese heritage – and that’s what is causing a problem for the remake.
Their infamous song, known simply as ‘The Siamese Cat Song’ has been deemed controversial, and while this may have been acceptable to the American public in the 50’s, it certainly isn’t anymore in the society we live in today.
Janelle Monae, who will be lending her voice to a character in the movie, has been asked to write two new songs for the movie, as well as completely re-invent The Siamese Cat Song.
No more Siamese, if you please
But that’s not the only thing they’re changing. The Siamese cats are completely getting taken out of the movie! There may be other malicious characters out to ruin Lady’s perfect pet reputation, but they won’t be Siamese cat twins.
The film will be released on Disney Plus, a sort of Disney version of Netflix which will launch in the Autumn.
We certainly understand why the movie must be changed to fit our day and age, but we sure will miss our favourite feline characters! At least we’ll have the dogs to fall back on!