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Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

August 15, 2012 by  



While “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” may not be as deep or dark as its 1955 counterpart, for a direct-to-video family animated film, the storyline is accessible, safe and entertaining! If you are a parent or a person who grew up watching the original “Lady & the Tramp”, “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” is definitely recommended!

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BLU-RAY TITLE: Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure

MOVIE RELEASE DATE: 2001

DURATION: 69 Minutes

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 1:78:1 Aspect Ratio, English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

COMPANY: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

RATED: G

DVD RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2012

Directed by Darrell Rooney, Jeannine Roussel

Screenplay by Bill Motz, Bob Roth

Additional Screenplay Material by Tom Rogers, Flip Kobler, Cindy Marcus

Produced by Jeannine Roussel

Associate Producer: David W. King

Music by Danny Troob

Edited by Susan Edmunson

Casting by Jamie Thomason

Production Design by Robert St. Pierre

Art Direction by Robert Schaefer, Fred Warter

Featuring the Voices of:

Scott Wolf as Scamp

Alyssa Milano as Angel

Chazz Palminteri as Buster

Jeff Bennett as Tramp/Jock the Scottish Terrier/Trusty/Dogcatcher

Jodi Benson as Lady

Bill Fagerbakke as Mooch

Mickey Rooney as Sparky

Bronson Pinchot as Francois

Cathy Moriarty as Ruby

Mary Kay Bergman as Si

Debi Derryberry as DArling

Nick Jameson as Jim Dear

Tress MacNeille as Aunt Sarah/Am

Andrew McDonogh as Junior

Rob Paulsen as Otis

Kath Soucie as Collette

Frank Welker as Reggie

April Winchell as Mrs. Mahoney, the Street-Wig Woman

Jim Cummings as Tony

Michael Gough as Joe

Roger Bart as Scamp (Singing Voice)

Jess Harnell as Buster (Singing Voice)

Susan Egan as Angel (Singing Voice)

Disney’s beloved classic continues in Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure – for the first time ever on Disney Blu-ray. Lady and Tramp’s mischievous pup Scamp is always in the doghouse. Now, an itch for a collar-free life and freedom is sending him on the ultimate adventure! With nonstop laughs, paw-tapping songs and exciting bonus features, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure is a new breed of Disney fun that the whole family will love!

Walt Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” is a classic animated film that has entertained generations upon generations since its theatrical release back in 1955.

But the idea for the film actually happened nearly 20-years prior when Disney writer Joe Grant came up with an idea to make a story built around an idea inspired by his Springer Spaniel named Lady, and how his dog was pushed aside upon the birth of his child.

In 1955, the film made its theatrical debut and was a enormous success in the box office.

Fastforward nearly 60-years-later and in 2001, “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” was released direct-to-video.  Directed by Darrell Rooney (who worked on animated series such as “Smurfs”, “Pac-Man”, “The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride”) and Jeannine Rousel (who worked on “The Addams Family”, “2 Stupid Dogs”, “Captain Planet and the Planeteers”) and featuring a screenplay by Bill Motz and Bob Roth (both worked on “The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride”, “The Return of Jafar”, “Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas”).

The film would feature voices by Scott Wolf (“Party of Five”, “Go”, “V”), Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”, “Who’s the Boss?”), Chazz Palminteri (“The Usual Suspects”, “A Bronx Tale”, “Analyze This”), Jodi Benson (“The Little Mermaid”, “Toy Story” films), Bill Fagerbakke (“Coach”, “The Artist”, “SpongeBob SquarePants”), Bronson Pinchot (“Perfect Strangers”, “Risky Business”), Jeff Bennett (“Enchanted”, “The Replacements”), Cathy Moriarty (“Raging Bull”, “Kindergarten Cop”) and Mickey Rooney (“National Velvet”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Boys Town”).

“Lady and the Tramp II: Scamo’s Adventure” is set in 1911 and Jim Dear is trying to give all of Tramp and Lady’s pups a bath.  The two have three daughters who look like Lady and a mischievous son named Scamp who looks like his father.

Scamp loves playing with the baby but in the process, he ruins Jim’s hat.  Jim gives Scamp a warning and Tramp tries to discipline his son but Scamp just wants to have fun.

After taking a bath, he gets muddy and messes up the entire living room.  Upset with Scamp, Jim feels that the only way to punish him is to have him stay outside in the doghouse and being chained.

While Lady and Tramp are saddened that Jim had to resort to punishing Scamp, they know he did it with best intentions.  Tramp tries to talk to his son, but Scamp is more interested in having fun and not live with a family.  Thinking life would be better to be free!

So, while he is chained outside, he sees a ruckus outside of the gate as a dogkeeper are trying to catch stray dogs.  Thinking that these dogs are having a lot of fun, Scamp manages to break through his chain and hang out with the stray dogs known as the Junkyard Dogs.

He befriends a young female dog named Angel and Scamp tries to join the Junkyard Dogs and feels that life away from a family is such a great life.  But in the process, the leader of the Junkyard Dogs, Buster, wants Scamp to prove his courage in order to join the group.  So, he has Scamp doing several tests and is amazed by Scamps ability.

While hanging out with the Junkyard Dogs, a dog named Sparky tells Scamp an exaggerated story about a legendary dog named Tramp who was able to avoid dozens of dog catchers and that he was looked up upon by the Junkyard Dogs but one day he disappeared.  Hearing the story, Buster gets upset and tells them that Tramp didn’t die as a hero, he chose to run off with a female dog named Lady to become a house pet.  And Buster chose Lady over Buster and the Junkyard Dogs.

And right then, Scamp realizes that the stories of this legendary dog is his parents.

Shocked that his father was a Junkyard Dog, he can’t believe that his father would leave this adventurous life to be a housepet.  But for Angel, she tells Scamp that her dream is to live with a family.  He doesn’t understand why would anyone want to stay with a family, stuck in a house and having the same routine over and over.  But Angel tells him that she would choose living with a loving family than living on the streets.

Meanwhile, afraid for his son, Tramp hopes that he can find Scamp before he gets into trouble.

When Buster finds out that Scamp is the son of Tramp, Buster who has always had spite towards Tramp, figures why not try to take away his son from him.  So, when Scamp is asked if he rather stay with the Junkyard Dogs to have a life of freedom or to go back to his father and be stuck in a house and treated as a pet, which life will Scamp choose?

VIDEO:

“Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:78:1 aspect ratio).  And make no doubt about this direct-to-video sequel, despite it not being a Disney animated feature film, the film is well-detailed when it comes to its scenery and objects, vibrant and looks great in HD.  If anything, despite being made in 2001, this film holds up incredibly well in 2012.  Not only does the film take the characters from the 1955 animated film and bringing them to the digital realm.

While the background scenery is well-detailed, the character designs are good.  A bit soft at times but for the most part, this film does look very good for a direct-to-video sequel.

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital.  The lossless audio track could have been better if it used the surround channels because most of the audio, I heard coming through the center and front channels only.  Even during the more action-based scenes, I didn’t really hear the surround channels or LFE used as much.

With that being said, dialogue and music is crystal clear coming through the center and front channels but wished it was much more immersive.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” comes with the following special features:

  • Puppy Trivia Tracks – While watching the film, you can watch with fun facts displayed onscreen.
  • The Making of Lady and the Tramp II: From Tramp to Scamp – (16:34) The making of “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” and how the film came to be and the process of making the film.
  • Sing-Along Songs – Featuring a sing-along (ala karaoke style) for five music tracks from the film: “(Prologue) Welcome home”, “World Without Fences”, “Junkyard Society Rag”, “I Didn’t Know I Could Feel This Way”, “Always There”.
  • Disney Animated Shorts featuring Pluto – Featuring “Pluto, Junior” (7:08), “Bone Trouble” (8:42) and “Pluto’s Kid Brother” (6:51).
  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary with director Darrell Rooney, animation director Steve Trenbirth and co-director/producer Jeannine Roussel.

EXTRAS:

“Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” comes with a slipcover case and a DVD version of the film presented in 1:78:1 widescreen, English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital with English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.

When it comes to direct-to-video sequels, I know there are many parents who feel that these videos are primarily created for families and storylines that are safe and geared towards children.

For the most part, “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” is a family film that will no doubt entertain children and even those that are young at heart and grew up with the original “Lady and the Tramp” film.

And while most older Disney films never had a sequel, for any Disney fan who grew up with these films, you wonder to yourself, “what if a sequel was made?”.

And for this sequel, while this is a film that I probably never expected a sequel being created, I was surprised back in 2001 but also excited because we get to see the characters brought into modern times using CG and different animation than its 1955 counterpart.

What I enjoyed about “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” is the continuing of the storyline from the first film.  At the end of “Lady and the Tramp”, we watched as Lady had given birth to pups and the Dear family also welcoming a baby.  This time around, the pups are slightly older and the Dear’s baby is now a young toddler who has bonded with the dogs.

And for the most part, the storyline works rather well because we get to see Lady and Tramp’s children much older, we also see the Dear family having formed a strong bond with Lady, Tramp and the puppies but also seeing Scamp  exhibiting part of his father’s mischievous behavior.  Granted, father Tramp is now much more mature and wants the best for his children, but Scamp wants to see the world.

It has that similarity to the first film when Tramp was trying to show Lady his free life and how much more adventurous life would be if she didn’t live in the Dear home.  The same thing happens this time around but it’s Buster and other dogs from the Junkyard who want to entice Scamp to leave his life of being a pet and living in a house, and have more adventure and freedom while living with them.

It’s an accessible storyline that is easy for children to understand, fans who grew up watching the film to enjoy the film and its connection to the original “Lady and the Tramp” and most of all, seeing a sequel that is modernized and taking the characters and having a storyline that would appeal to a new generation.

With “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” being released on Blu-ray, the details of objects and scenery are well-detailed and despite being a direct-to-video sequel, by no means does it mean that this film is lower in quality.  The film despite being released in 2001 (and having a bit of softness), still looks great for a direct-to-video sequel, especially being released now in 2012, the film looks very good in HD, especially on Blu-ray.  Dialogue and musical scenes are crystal clear and for the most part, “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” looks and sounds good on Blu-ray!

And as for special features,  “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” comes with a making of, trivia, sing-along songs plus three bonus animated shorts featuring Pluto and more!

While “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” may not be as deep or dark as its 1955 counterpart, for a direct-to-video family animated film, the storyline is accessible, safe and entertaining and looks and sounds great on Blu-ray!

If you are a parent or a person who grew up watching the original “Lady & the Tramp”, “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” is definitely recommended!

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