According to Collider, Disney’s Lady and the Tramp live-action reboot will feature actual dogs.
Disney’s live-action remakes of a lot of its movies have been criticized over the use of CGI which pretty much voids any sense of the word “live”. Take The Lion King, for example, there’s nothing “live” about that (even though it still looks fantastic). So I’m pretty excited to hear that their Lady and the Tramp reboot will feature real dogs.
Speaking with actor Thomas Mann, he said: “I really think it’s an enhanced version of the world that you saw before. Obviously, the human characters are a little more flushed out. They’re not these passing faces that you barely get a glimpse of. You get to know them a little bit better. And also, there are real dogs. Who doesn’t want to see two real dogs kiss over a plate of spaghetti?
“That is the main draw for me. You get the charisma of real dogs in there. Lady and the Tramp came out in 1955. I understand people who are like, ‘Don’t mess with the original,’ but they aren’t re-animating it. It’s a live-action remake. So, why not?”
Mann also explained some of the difficulties he faced working with the dogs:
“They found these dogs and started training them about three months before. They just wanted to find the perfect dogs. The main dog’s name was Rose, who played Lady. It was crazy because they didn’t know they were working, so they would run off in the middle of a take, and then come back over. You have to be extra patient because you have to be good every time for when they are good once. It was a lot of fun. It was so cute, every day, to just have a bunch of dogs to play with. It made the job a lot less stressful.”
Mann is set to star along side Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux who’ll be voicing the movie’s title characters. Disney’s Lady and the Tramp remake is expected to appear exclusively on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.