Lady & the Tramp spaghetti

Famous #Disney Couples: Lady & The Tramp + American Tourister #Giveaway

Lady & the Tramp spaghetti

Disney’s classic animated film, Lady & the Tramp (1955), is one of my very favorite movies of all time. It’s one of the first Disney movies I remember seeing as a child, and is one of the first Disney movies to confirm my beliefs that animals can indeed communicate with people. My first pet, a long-haired Chihuahua, was named after another beloved Disney animation, Bambi, and the two of us understood each other. I knew which snarl meant “I’m going to bite you,” and which giggly-sounding growl meant “I love to play with you.” I knew sweet little puppy eyes beckoned me to pick him up, and I knew a fluffy, wagging tail celebrated my presence in the room. But Lady & the Tramp showed the world—much like the Toy Storys did for playthings decades later—that dogs are vivacious, loving, protective, emotional, smart, devoted family members too. And that, I think, is what so endeared me—a diehard dog lover—to this film and to so many other Disney classics.

Lady & the Tramp

You’re probably familiar with the story line, in which the Darlings’ infant son and much-adored family pet “Lady” are left in the care of “Aunt Sarah.” Aunt Sarah—a cat lady, uh-hum—misinterprets Lady’s attenpts to protect the child and locks her outside in a muzzle, chained to a doghouse. A wandering minstrel mutt named Tramp stumbles upon her and takes her on an adventure to set her free. Along the way, they fall in love, and end up saving the Darlings’ child from a rat in the nursery. But here’s some trivia (via you may not know:

  • Walt Disney originally didn’t want to include the “Bella Note” spaghetti-eating scene, now one of the most iconic moments in the whole Disney canon.
  • Before animating the fight between Tramp and the rat, animator Wolfgang Reitherman kept rats in a cage next to his desk to study their actions.
  • To maintain a dog’s perspective, Darling and Jim Dear’s faces are rarely seen.
  • In early script versions, Tramp was first called Homer, then Rags and Bozo. A 1940 script introduced the twin Siamese cats. Eventually known as Si and Am, they were then named Nip and Tuck.
  • The film’s opening sequence, in which Darling unwraps a hat box on Christmas morning and finds Lady inside, is reportedly based upon an actual incident in Walt Disney’s life, when he presented his wife Lilian a puppy to keep her company during his long work hours.
  • At the time of its release, this was the highest grossing Disney cartoon since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
  • Hiring Peggy Lee arguably was the first instance of a superstar voice being used for an animated film.
  • The film’s setting was partly inspired by Walt Disney’s boyhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri.

Lady and Tramp may not appear in the Parks for meet-and-greets, but their presence is seen all over, from annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival topiaries at the Italy Pavilion to Arribas Crystal figurines and A. Giannelli sculptures for purchase on property or at Downtown Disney.

Lady and Tramp figures

Today’s Takeaway:
Hard to imagine Lady & the Tramp without its most famous scene!

Today, celebrate this famous Disney couple over a spaghetti and meatball dinner. For an authentic meal, follow the recipe for Tony’s Town Square Restaurant Italian Meatballs. You will need the following ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1/4 cup onions, minced
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano

Visit The Disney Diner for full recipe and cooking instructions.

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On to more good stuff!

American Tourister Luggage Giveaway

American Tourister and The Magical Blogorail know how to celebrate famous Disney couples!  And to prove it, they have partnered to award two lucky winners a Disney Inspired D23 2- piece luggage set valued at $100. Enter today for your chance to win! No purchase necessary to enter. Just read about a famous Disney couple and answer the question in the post. There will be a new blogger posting daily through February 7th so keep checking back for additional chances to enter.

There will be two winners in the giveaway. Each winner will receive a Disney Inspired D23 2-piece luggage set valued at $100. Design winner receives will be chosen at random. Contest begins January 27, 2014, and ends February 14, 2014, at midnight EST and is only open to U.S. legal residents 18 years and older with valid email address.

The Disney Couple Giveaway question is…

Who are Lady’s 2 doggy neighbor friends?

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  • DisneyDonnaKay

    Great couple Jodi! I now have the song Bella Notte running through my head. :)

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Aw, that’s a good one to be stuck on! :)

  • Heidi Strawser

    Lady & the Tramp are so adorable! We haven’t watched this movie in a long time. Maybe we’ll have to dig out the old VHS tape one of these days. Ashley and I are looking forward to experiencing Tony’s in May. :)

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You definitely should! You’ll love Tony’s! There are little birds that fly around in there sometimes. Our waiter pointed one out & said, “There’s Jack Sparrow!”

  • Dawn Cullo

    What a fantastic blog post full of history and a spaghetti meatball dinner recipe! Great job Jodi.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks so much, Dawn! I’m making those meatballs for dinner myself this week :)

  • Beth Green

    I may have to ditch my great grandma’s spaghetti recipe next time to try this one! Love the trivia!!! :)

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I know, right? I’m headed to the store right now to get ingredients!

  • ReturnToDisney

    I love Lady and the Tramp – especially the opening scenes showing the Darling’s neighborhood. So beautiful!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      It is beautiful! And Lady, of course, is such a pretty little dog too!

  • Rosanne_Mottola

    Jodi – I can’t even imagine what Lady and the Tramp would be like without Bella Note! Thanks for sharing this fun and informative post!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I think that would definitely take away from the romantic aspect of it for sure!

  • Mickey

    What a great post, Jodi! Thanks for sharing all that great Lady and the Tramp trivia with us!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks, Mike! This movie will always hold a special place in my heart :)

  • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

    Huh! I guess I’ve always been a dog lover, so I loved this movie from the start! I still get very mad at Aunt Sarah, though!

  • Kimberly

    I’ve tried in Safari, Chrome, and Firefox and the entry form isn’t showing up. Help!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Hmmm, I don’t see it either. Hang on, I’ll go see if I can fix it!

      • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

        Should be there now! Sorry about that!

  • JenniferLissak

    I’ve heard that Tony’s is really cute (I think from Mike actually) but haven’t tried it.. maybe one day, but probably not until they upgrade the food from what I’ve heard!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Well, it’s nothing super fancy, but it’s a fun atmosphere with good food, and it’s pretty easy to get into with or without a reservation. You should try it!

  • Melissa – Disney on Wheels

    I love Lady and the Tramp. We watched the movie together last year for Valentine’s Day. :)

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Perfect way to celebrate with your Valentine!

  • Kaitlinn

    I love Lady & the Tramp! Especially the puppies in the end, it makes me want to buy a puppy lol

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh, I know! They’re so cute!

  • Dawn Hopkins Panagos

    Love Lady & the Tramp!! Tony’s is a favorite restaurant too!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Great, I’m craving spaghetti now 😉

  • Shawnna Ramsey

    I think it’s interesting that the most popular scenes were often added at the last minute.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I know right!

  • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

    I do too :)

  • Becca K

    One of my favorites!! and I LOVE eating at Tony’s Town Square in the Magic Kingdom which is themed after the movie!!!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      We do too! Those meatballs are scrumptious!

  • Heidi Strawser

    I haven’t made meatballs in a long time. I may have to try this recipe next time we make spaghetti!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Spaghetti is a staple in our house!

  • amanda gravatt

    What fun facts about Lady and the Tramp! I haven’t watched that movie for a long time….better find it and have a movie night with the kids!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh, it’s a good one!

  • Leslie Toombs

    I love Lady and the Tramp. My favorite part is when they are eating the noodles together. I haven’t seen this movie in such a long time.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      It’s such a sweet scene!

  • Julie B

    Love this movie! There hasn’t been as sweet a romance as this one :)

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I know! Lady & the Tramp is just so endearing!

  • Rusty H

    I haven’t seen this movie in years. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’re very welcome!

  • Laurita Martinez

    I love this movie! Just wish they make a third movie to this cute sequel. It’s been awhile!!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      It’s such a sweet film!

  • Radev104

    I just recently saw this movie and loved it. Now I have to go eat at Tony’s.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh yeah! Enjoy!

  • Melissa Hadfield

    I love Lady and the Tramp

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Me too!

  • Amber Conaway

    Lady and the Tramp was my FAV cartoon as a kid! Now I love watching it with my son!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Aw, that’s sweet!

  • Karen Karnes

    I love how Disney animals have human characteristics and personalities. Lady and the tramp is one of the best love stories!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I agree! It really is!

  • Tammy

    This was my favorite movie as a kid. When we went to DW, I made sure we ate at Tony’s Restaurante!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      We’ve eaten at Tony’s several times, and I’m always looking for those dogs to come running out, lol!

  • Danielle Woodd Martin

    Cute movie delicious recipe

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse


  • Erin Woods

    Very interesting trivia! I would love to try those meatballs, thanks for the recipe!

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’re welcome! You should try it–delicious!

  • Colleen

    I might just have to try this recipe next time I make spaghetti! It’s been a long time since I added good old meatballs to the dish.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      You’ll love it!

  • Abby H.

    Recipe looks great…love that movie.

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Me too!

  • Virginia T

    One of my favorites!! Going to have my husband try that recipe! :) mmmmm

    • Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      It is yummy!