Disney has no plans to halt its current plan to remake every animated movie you love. Why would it? Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King all made over $1 billion at the box office (The Lion King is technically the highest-grossing animated movie ever; whether “photorealistic” counts as “animation” is another question), and while Christopher Robin, Dumbo, and Pete’s Dragon (the best of the bunch) weren’t as financially successful, they were warmly received by critics. There are plenty more animated favorites in the pipeline, too, including The Little Mermaid, Mulan, Pinocchio, and The Sword in the Stone. But maybe there shouldn’t be, not after the Lady and the Tramp poster.
You remember Lady and the Tramp? Dogs, pasta, racist cats? Okay, now hear me out: what if Lady and the Tramp… but real? The kind of real where you believe animals would enjoy eating hunks of meat, the kind of real where rescue dogs stare blankly at each other because they’re dogs, the kind of real that makes you long for the days of hand-drawn animation. This kind of “real.”
That’s the first poster from Disney+’s Lady and the Tramp, a movie we should want to be good, considering the level of talent involved, including Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, Kiersey Clemons, Yvette Nicole Brown, Sam Elliott, Benedict Wong, and Janelle Monáe. But the initial reactions to the poster are not promising for the long-term stability of Disney’s lofty remake ambitions.
as someone who would happily and willingly die for any dog i pass on the street, why is the poster for lady & the tramp giving me the heebie jeebies??? pic.twitter.com/bRO33CsTdn
— Q U I N N (@QuinnKeaney) August 23, 2019
why are my dog and his dog cousin a better lady and the tramp than disney's lady and the tramp pic.twitter.com/duZK7nJ2Pf
— anna leszkiewicz (@annaleszkie) August 23, 2019
the lady and the tramp poster looks tragic 😭 why did they have to do a live-action version of this
— ally dawson (@sykesquest) August 23, 2019
How am i supposed to believe these dogs are in love when they look sad as shit
— Angel | STEVEN UNIVERSE THE MOVIE!!!! (@BaezAngelG) August 23, 2019
i know new york has partially wrecked me in that i looked at this lady and the tramp poster and immediately thought wow what a waste of $23 pasta pic.twitter.com/SlvhEzY6Z6
— emma lord (@dilemmalord) August 23, 2019
— Natalie 🐱 (@eilatan82) August 23, 2019
Aside from the uncanny valley/Cats And Dogs (2001) nature of this, it's very distressing that Disney have decided for the Lady and the Tramp remake that Tramp should be an absolute unit pic.twitter.com/0rzsxqBdau
— Jim Burrows (@BuzzJim) August 23, 2019
Turns out if you remake Lady and the Tramp with real dogs, then two adults singing to them in an alleyway becomes super fucking weird. pic.twitter.com/Q0GmuAjqA6
— Lee Bacon (@Lee_B) August 23, 2019
Disney: We’ll Get You To Watch Two Actual Dogs Having Dinner, We Don’t Give A Shit pic.twitter.com/ny7mSsv46H
— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) August 23, 2019
But we have the most ambitious crossover event in history to look forward to.
The first poster for Disney's live-action remake of LADY AND THE TRAMP is here! We hear this version has a different ending. pic.twitter.com/GeBq8gJn5Y
— Birth.Movies.Death. (@bmoviesd) August 23, 2019
Lady and the Tramp comes out on Disney+ on November 12.