Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure (also known as Lady and the Tramp 2) is a 2001 American direct-to-video animated romantic musical comedy-drama film produced by Disney Television Animation in Australia, and the sequel to the 1955 animated Disney film Lady and the Tramp. It was released on February 27, 2001, 46 years after its predecessor.
The film centers on Lady and Tramp’s only son, Scamp, who longs for freedom from house rules and desires to become a “wild dog”. Disney re-released the film in the United States on DVD after the Platinum Edition DVD release of the first film on June 20, 2006. The Special Edition DVD went back into the Disney Vault on January 31, 2007. A new Special Edition was released on a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on August 21, 2012. The new Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack went back into the Disney Vault on April 30, 2013.
Lady and Tramp’s mischievous pup, Scamp, gets fed up with rules and restrictions imposed on him by life in a family, and longs for a wild and free lifestyle. He runs away from home and into the streets where he joins a pack of stray dogs known as the “Junkyard Dogs.” Buster, the pack’s leader, takes an instant disliking to the “house-dog” and considers him a rival. Angel, a junkyard pup Scamp’s age, longs for the safety and comfort of life in a family and the two become instant companions. Will Scamp choose the wild and free life of a stray or the unconditional love of his family?
I’ve talked in the past about how much I love the original Lady & The Tramp and I do, it’s one of my favorite movies that I used to watch a lot growing up as a kid and it still holds up for me today. When I heard there was going to be a sequel to this movie direct-to-video, I was a little skeptical but I went along for the ride.
And to be perfectly honest, this is not that great of a movie, not to say it’s a complete disaster or anything, I just think that it’s not as good as the original movie is.
There are definitely more flaws in this movie then there are in the original, mainly in a couple of areas, the story, which we’ve seen done over and over again in various other movies, essentially it’s kind of a reversal of the plot of the first movie where instead of a street dog becoming a family dog, the family dog wants to become a street dog. The overall story is very generic in a way plus it can get really confusing in terms of some of the character’s ages and some of the story subplots they throw in there.
Another thing that kind of distracted me was Scott Wolf playing the role of Scamp, Wolf at the time most known for his work on Party Of Five, which is probably the only reason why they even got him but this is clearly suppose to be a puppy character and all I hear is the voice of a then 33 year old trying to be a puppy, it’s too distracting. At least with Alyssa Milano as the voice of Angel, she can at least sound like a puppy although they do say that she’s been to five different homes before becoming a stray so…..yeah, remember when I said how it got confusing with the ages for some of these characters, you try to figure that one out.
Even the climax of the film seems a little forced, it’s another one of those climaxes where they thing that if you can up the ante and go with a huge action packed climax, you’ll automatically have a better movie and well, sometimes it is better to go big or go home but then again, sometimes going big doesn’t make your film better as in the case of this film.
Moving over to the positives, on an animation forefront, the movie looks incredible, they did a really good job of capturing the spirit of the original Lady & The Tramp and it works incredibly well.
A lot of the voice work in this is great, they did a good job getting good replacements for the characters, Jodi Benson as Lady, Jeff Bennett as Tramp and Jock & Trusty, the new voice cast works well enough, Milano, Chazz Palminteri, Mickey Rooney, Cathy Moriarty, Bronson Pinchot, and Bill Fagerbakke, the majority of the voice cast does a really good job in this.
The music is surprisingly really good too, some of the original songs in here are nicely done capturing the timeperiod of the film and there’s a really good cover of the classic Bella Notte by Joy Enriquez and Carlos Ponce that works surprisingly well:
Overall, Lady & The Tramp II is not a total failure but it feels like an unnecessary sequel that was only made as a cash grab, not a cheap one but just an unnecessary one. There is effort put into here but not enough to say this is worth the watch. If you really want to see the continuing adventures of Lady & The Tramp then I say it’s worth a watch but not worth one to run out to see.
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