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    February 2, 2006 - Lady and the Tramp premier El Capitan


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    An accordion and mandolin player were in the foyer playing Belle Notte for all the attendees. Enough with the stargazing... on with the update!

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    The night "went to the dogs" and the display case at the entrance advertised the new Shaggy Dog film set to be released this March.



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    Closeup inside the display case.



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    Birthday parties at the Cap.


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    The entrance into the Soda Shop was decked with Lady and the Tramp decorations and unfortunately there were about all the decorations for the film. This is, however, only a 2 week engagement.



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    An advertisement for The Wild coming out in April, looks like a bad Madagascar sequel... it even takes place in New York for goodness sake.



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    John Canemaker led the panel which began shortly after 7pm and welcomed us to the showing of the 50 year old "Lady" which premiered in Chicago on June 22, 1955 which he jokingly noted was just nearly 4 months after Steve Jobs was born.


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    Theo Gluck was the first guest...



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    ...and he was in charge of the restoration process for the film.



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    Back when Lady and the Tramp was shot, there was no such thing as color film. Those familiar with old animation may know that the film was actually filmed three times through a blue filter, a red filter and a green filter. These produced three different film prints that were magenta, cyan, and yellow.



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    When the three film prints were superimposed over each other they created the full color strip that is shown on the big screen. Theo oversaw the 4.2 miles of film that made Lady and the Tramp and removed more than 30 million pieces of dust and particles from the film.


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    Gluck then went on to note why the restoration of the film was so incredibly special. During the time Lady and the Tramp was in production a new format of recording called Cinemascope was invented. After viewing presentations done by Fox of the new advancement in recording Walt OK-ed the shooting of the film in this format.



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    The problem, however, was that most theatres were equipped with optical sound systems and Cinemascope utilized magnetic sound. The problem here is that optical sound systems visually read the soundtracks on a stripe located to the left of the film. What ended up happening, then, is that a good portion of the original film was lopped off providing the image shown above in theatres.



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    What this restoration has allowed is for the full frames of the film to be shown as they were intended when the film was in production.


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    After Mr. Gluck's presentation, the rest of the panelists were introduced. From left to right: John Canemaker, Stan Freberg (Voice of Beaver,) Richard M. Sherman (Songwriter,) Theo Gluck (Restoration,) and Andreas Deja (Disney animator.)



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    Richard Sherman began the panel discussion. It is really a pleasure hearing half of the Sherman Brothers duo (Robert B. Sherman currently resides in England) speak about his experience in Lady and the Tramp and the Disney past. The Sherman brothers as you may know are responsible for, among other classics, "it's a small world (after all,)" "It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow," and the classic score of Mary Poppins.

    Sherman also mentioned that the songs penned by Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke were written to seamlessly flow into the films. He recollected how Walt hated the tackiness of a storyline being interrupted by cheesy song numbers. Everything had to have a purpose and if it didn't advance the story Walt didn't want it.

    He introduced an archival clip of Miss Peggy Lee singing "He's a Tramp" along with the backup of Thurl Ravenscroft (best known as the voice of Tony the Tiger and one of the singing busts in the Haunted Mansion.)

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    Peggy Lee performing He's a Tramp.



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    Stan Freberg followed Mr. Sherman and recollected his experience as the voice of Beaver in the film. He was originally hired by Mr. Disney to voice a Jabberwock in Alice in Wonderland and according to him, Walt thought he did a fantastic job. Walt later called up Mr. Freberg to let him know that the scene was too frightening and ever since the PTA got on his back after the witch in Snow White that he was paranoid and cut the scene.

    Later, when auditioning for the Beaver, Stan recalled that Walt loved his rendition but found that the characteristic whistling whenever he did S-sound was not consistent. So Walt sent Freberg to find a whistle to hold in front of his face when reading dialogue to guarantee that the whistling sound was consistent. After this Mr. Freberg pulled out a whistle and read some of his lines from the film.

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    Stan Freberg reciting some lines from the film with a whistle.

    You may recognize Mr. Freberg's characteristic voice and whistle sound from the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and that's because he also provide the know-it-all voice for Mr. Gopher, as well.

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    The final panelist, Andreas Deja then took the spotlight as he began by showcasing this picture of the original Cocker Spaniel "Lady" that inspired the film's lead character. Pictured with Lady is Jennie Grant, wife of Disney Animator Joe Grant.

    During this segment of the panel we were also treated with a bonus material piece from the DVD which was a deleted sequence from the film in which Tramp imagined a world where the roles of humans and dogs were reversed.

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    Deleted sequence from Lady and the Tramp.


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    Andreas Deja then went on to show various sketches from the 30s, 40s and 50s that he acquired mostly from public auctions. This is one such image, a very early model sheet for Lady.



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    Another test sketch with some ideas for Tramp (notice they toyed with the idea of having a black spot around one eye.) After Deja showcased his drawings the audience was treated with the 8-minute 1933 cartoon short "Puppy Love."

    There are four more pages of the various sketches that Deja showcased. To skip over them and continue with the update click here. To continue with the rest of the sketches simply continue to the next page.


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    After the cartoon short there was a live appearance from "everyones favorite sweet hearts" Mickey and Minnie Mouse in which they adorably ballroom danced with a heart-shaped confetti finale.



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    They still got it after all these years.



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    Au revoir! Enjoy the show!


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    After the film, I was fortunate enough to briefly meet the lovely Kathryn Beaumont. A true Disney legend through and through, Kathryn Beaumont is as charming and personable as she is gracious, meeting with fans and pausing for photographs. Kathryn Beaumont is best known as the voice of Alice (of Wonderland) and Wendy (Peter Pan) she was also live-action reference used to animate the characters.



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    The El Capitan management began flashing the lights as they wanted people to exit the building so I was not able to speak much with Mr. Freberg but he did graciously pause for a quick photograph on his way out.



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    The "Italian cooks" serenaded guests on the way out, as well.


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    The Soda Shop next door, unfortunately too small for all the exiting crowds hosted various different types of merchandise from canine to Valentine. (Sorry, had to take advantage of that one)



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    A really big Lady!

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