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Lady and the Tramp

Lilli e il vagabondo
Lady and the Tramp

Walt Disney Pictures
Original title: Lilo & Stitch
Lilli (Lady), Biagio (The Tramp), Whiskey (Jock), Fido (Trusty), Gianni Caro (Jim Dear), Tesoro (Darling), Zia Sara (Aunt Sarah), L'accalappiacani, Tony, Joe, Gilda ( Peg), Bull, a bulldog, Boris, Toughy, Pedro.
Production: Walt Disney Studios
Regia: Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimo, Wilfred Jackson
Country: USA
Year: 1955
Gender: Adventure
Episodes: 1
duration: 76 minutes
Recommended age: Movies for all ages

"Lilli e il vagabondo" (original title "Lady and the Tramp") is Walt Disney's animated masterpiece that tells the love story between the dog Lilli and a vagabond named Biagio; the latter will show her the world from a different perspective and give her a short, but unforgettable adventure. Lilli, the cocker spaniel protagonist of the feature film, is the gift of "Gianni Caro" to his wife "Tesoro". When the owners become parents, the dog feels neglected and, jealous, leaves home. Unfortunately it ends up in the clutches of the dog catcher, but is saved, in fact, by the mestizo Biagio. The film, released in American theaters on June 22, 1955 and distributed in Italy on December 15 of the same year, has achieved several milestones: it marks the return of the animals, protagonists in animated films; with an image ratio of 2.55: 1, lasting about 75 minutes, it is the first animated film to have been shown in Cinemascope; the first in stereo mode; the first film to be distributed by Buena Vista Pictures, founded by Disney; it is also part of the ranking of the hundred most beautiful love stories compiled by the American Film Institute. The film came to light in the same year of the opening of Disneyland and was set in the early twentieth century, in the same atmosphere in which Walt Disney lived his childhood. Three directors, Clyde Geronimo, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske, directed "Lilli and the vagabond". They put together, with the collaboration of the editor in charge Donald Halliday, an alternation of apparently violent and cynical events: but the magic of the cartoon managed to show, without any harm, the clashes with rats and angry dogs. Even the vision of Lilli, enclosed in a box because reduced to a Christmas package, did not disturb the spectator. Walt Disney, with the masterpiece "Lilli e il vagabondo", won the David di Donatello in 1956 in Italy as the best foreign producer. Peggy Lee, together with Sonny Burbank, has signed some pieces of Lilli's soundtrack and the vagabond, like the song of the Siamese cats; but the most famous is "Bella Notte", in English "The Wag of a Dog's Tail", by the Disney Studio Choir; the piece accompanies the text titles, but also the scene played by the two chefs, which is then the most famous of the film. The soundtrack tracklist includes twenty-two tracks, also composed by Oliver Wallace and The Mello Men. Two other songs were written for "Lilli e il vagabondo", but then they were not included in the soundtrack.

Lilli e il vagabondo
Lilli, Biagio, Whiskey and Fido
Walt Disney Pictures

The story of Lilli and the vagabond
Lilli's fairy tale and the vagabond begins on a snow-white London night: it is Christmas night and Gianni Caro delivers the gift to his wife, whom he calls "Tesoro". The woman thought it was a hat with a bow, but, surprisingly, she opens the box and sees a cocker spaniel puppy in front of her. Tesoro is happy and calls her Lilli. From that moment, the little girl is filled with cuddles and attentions, but also with gifts, which she proudly shows to her closest friends: Whiskey, a terrier and Fido, a bracco, two big dogs close to home who love her very much. The two are both purebred and very elegant; Fido was, in his youth, a police dog with a great sense of smell, but now he is old and his sense of smell falters. Whiskey and Fido appreciate so much the gifts received by Lilli, in particular the collar with the plate for the first six months of the dog. Unfortunately, this idyllic happiness vanishes suddenly and turns into a blanket of sadness: Lilli is upset and melancholy because Gianni and Tesoro stop playing with her and showing her affection, leaving her alone. Thus, the dog thinks she has committed some shortcomings; then, however, someone clarifies her ideas: her friends understand and confide in her that her "human mother" is expecting a baby. Biagio, a stray dog ‚Äč‚Äčwho heard them talking, also passed by; the vagabond promises her a future that is not at all rosy, with affection and pampering that will be the exclusive property of the future unborn child. Finally, the baby comes to light and unfortunately Biagio's prophecies come true. But Lilli wants to get to know the little one and when she sees him she softens ... trusting in a future friendship between the two. The two spouses leave for a trip and leave a dog and baby in custody of an aunt, whom Lilli is not fond of.

Lilli e il vagabondo
Lilli and the two Siamese cats
Walt Disney Pictures

As if that wasn't enough, there are two Siamese cats who keep panic! In a few minutes, the aunt finds herself: torn curtains, canary cage on the ground and inverted aquarium. The fool is convinced that the dog is the culprit, so he drags her to the shop to inflict her leash and muzzle. Lilli struggles and runs away, but is chased by three angry dogs; by chance, Biagio passes by those parts who, after having embarked on a real battle with bites with the three beasts, gets the better of it and saves the dog. But Lilli still has a muzzle and leash. Fortunately Biagio is a hotbed of ideas. He accompanies his friend cocker spaniel to the zoo and makes a sort of barter with a beaver: if he had severed the belt, the collar and muzzle would have been his. The small animal accepts and Lilli is freed. The two dogs are hungry, so Biagio invites Lilli to two pizza chef friends, Tony and Joe. The two prepare a romantic dinner with spaghetti and meatballs ... all by candlelight, with songs and music: we celebrate the engagement of Biagio and Lilli! The two exchange the promise of love in the park and fall asleep . Upon awakening, a fantastic vision: a panorama dressed in pink on the horizon, seems to celebrate their strong feeling. But Lilli has to go home to take care of the baby. Biagio accompanies her, but first he wants to let his beloved live some intrepid emotion: to teach her the hunt for chickens! The two frighten them to such an extent that the master realizes it and fires a shot in the air. Biagio escapes, but Lilli does not make it and is captured by the dog catcher. In that kennel he meets dogs of all breeds. Most snubbed Lilli because, as a dog owned, he has a plate; but this same fact is a reason for salvation for Lilli: after a while, the dog catcher arrives and frees her, so she can finally go home. However, sadness is once again the master of the dog's heart: always think of the words she had heard from other dogs about Biagio when she was locked in the kennel. In fact, they had spoken of the vagabond as a skilful type who gets along in the most difficult situations, but they had also described him as an unrepentant young man: before Lilli, Biagio had also been seduced by Biagio also Lulu, Cosetta, Fifì, Chichita, Guanita and others yet. Her friends Fido and Whiskey visit her, but after politely thanking her, she asks to be left alone. She was traumatized by the fear of that prison, where, although for a short time, she had been locked up, but she was also hurt in her feelings. Biagio also goes to visit her and apologizes for the bad adventure of the chicken coop and dog-catcher, but does not know that Lilli knows the facts of her former lovers. The dog chased him by bidding him farewell, pulling back the bone he had given her and yelling at him, jealous, who his lovers were. Biagio goes away resignedly, but Lilli's sadness does not go away. Its muzzle is continually streaked with tears. Meanwhile, a large rat takes advantage of Lilli's depression and enters the baby's room. Lilli barks, but can not do anything, because she is tied to a chain. Suspicious of the barking, Biagio rushes and Lilli informs him of the fact, also giving him tips on how to enter. The daring wanderer chases the fearsome rat and barely has time to save the child: he grabs the disgusting animal, which had just entered the cradle and begins to fight. It is a battle of blood, a matter of life or death, for both the dog and the rat. Meanwhile, Lilli arrives, who had managed to break the chain and sees the large lifeless mouse in a corner; the cradle is overturned because of the fight, but the baby is safe. Biagio licks his injured paw, but has triumphed again. Meanwhile, the aunt, awakened by the noise, gets up and, as usual, proves that she hasn't understood anything. He still takes it out on the two dogs and locks them up in two different rooms. Then call the dog catcher to lock Biagio. Gianni and Tesoro finally come back ... just in time to understand something. After ascertaining that the baby is well, Lilli is freed and runs up the stairs. It is immediately clear that the dog wants to communicate something: the vision of the mouse clarifies the facts. But the cart is already taking Biagio away; so, Lilli's owners follow him, also with the help of Fido's nose and the support of Whiskey. The smell of the former still works and the cart is reached. Lilli's two friends frighten the horses and the cart stops, overturning to the side. Meanwhile Gianni and Tesoro arrive. Fido is fine and greets his girlfriend lightly.

Lilli e il vagabondo
Lilli, Biagio, Whiskey, Fido and the puppies near the Christmas tree
Walt Disney Pictures

From that moment, he decides to put his head in order and to form a family. A year has now passed and it is still Christmas. Biagio also has his plate on his neck and, together with Lilli, celebrates his litter. Three females, identical to mom and a puppy, all frantic and resembling dad. A souvenir photo shows the beautiful family together with the faithful and omnipresent friends Fido and Whiskey.
A story, as you can see, compelling, triggered by extraordinary animation effects, avant-garde, for those times. Analyzing the film, it is clear that Disney's masterpiece is an instructive cartoon that invites reflection: from the details, a love story emerges between two different social classes, between a purebred dog adopted by two spouses in a residential area and a stray, accustomed to live day in the city streets. The frictions that initially exploded between the two represent the normal path of knowledge that two different beings must make to reach the natural compromise; the wonders and audacity that Biagio shows to Lilli and the values ‚Äč‚Äčthat the dog transmits to his partner, demonstrate the perfect fusion between the two different social classes. It is also necessary to make a consideration on the human side of the film: to reflect on a world, created on a human scale, but seen with the eyes and thought with the mind of man's best friend. Being able to observe, with eloquent and expressive images, the difficulties that the dog may encounter in the face of the birth of a child, is a precise invitation: that aimed at respecting animals, as creatures in need of constant affection. The presence, in the animated film, of other dogs is the demonstration that an alliance and feelings are created between them; often man ignores how strong an emotional bond can be between one animal and another. Another invitation to meditation is the harrowing sequence of sad dogs: it is a clear invitation not to abandon them, whose fate would otherwise be marked by the dog catcher. The director's rundown of those melancholy and languid looks strikes the viewer in his deepest sensitivity. The detailed setting and the warm colors are the ideal background for Biagio and Lilli; The Cinemascope technique was then used on purpose to highlight the "low visual plane" of dogs, often focused on the legs of humans. Only the two Italian chefs are shown in their entirety. Disney's genius would require whole books to be described in every single detail. ‚ÄúLilli and the vagabond, like all his masterpieces, must not be missing from the collections of fans of high quality animated films; the masterpiece, which features the little dog, is a work for the whole family and for all ages ... an animated film that moves and transmits fundamental values.

DVD Lilli and the vagabond
The new version of "Lilli e il vagabondo" has just come out, on DVD and, for the first time, in high definition Blu-ray Disc. Here, the events of Lilli and Biagio have been enriched by extraordinary contents, such as the deleted scenes, the behind the scenes and the special greeting of Walt Disney's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, in memory of her father. The new edition includes original vintage dubbing and excellent audio video quality. The audio has been remastered, raising it to a superlative quality: it has been brought to 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio for the original version and to 5.1 Disney Enhanced Home Theater Mix for the Italian track. The original film underwent a sort of renaissance; if you compare the blu-ray with videos of the original trailers contained in the extra bonuses, you will notice the considerable difference in quality in the details. The film includes almost four and a half hours of extraordinary content.

Lilli e il vagabondo
The protagonists of Lilli and the Vagabondo II - The rebel puppy
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Lilli and the vagabond II
The sequel to the story of Lilli and Biagio is also part of the box, that is
"Lilli e il Vagabondo II - The rebel puppy", dedicated to the romantic lovers of Disney editions. Precisely, the most in love collectors will be able to enjoy Valentine's Day more, accompanied by other lovers: Disney's dog friends. To complete the event, Disney will publish the special edition of the book "Lilli e il vagabondo". These are the extras that are part of the blue ray DVD: deleted scenes; music and more; special contents of the original classic (the art of the storyboard, CuccioloPedia, excerpt from the TV show "Disneyland", film trailers, Lilli's pedigree, Lilli's making and the vagabond, finding Lilli); behind the scenes Disney - the special edition. The sequel to the masterpiece starring Lilli and Biagio is, precisely, "Lilli and the vagabond II - the rebellious puppy". Here we will find the litter of the mestizo and the pedigree dog and follow them in their growth; this time the protagonist is Zampa (in English Scamp, that is a rascal), son of the cocker spaniel and the mestizo. He dreams of living away from the constraints imposed by the family and therefore free, so he does not want to listen to the advice of parents. In fact, he ignores the past of his father Biagio, who he thinks is a couch potato. So, as soon as he can he runs away from home and goes to live with a group of stray dogs; in this gang he will know his love Angel At the first opportunity he will run away from home, join a gang of stray dogs and meet his first love, Angel; with her he will rediscover the value of a family that has never stopped loving him and caring for him. We will also see Fido and Whiskey, the two refined friends of Biagio and Lilli, the two terrible Siamese Si and Am, authors of old troubles. We will also meet other characters, such as Buster, the head of the stray group and Angel, the dog who will become Zampa's love. Angel Zampa, like Lilli and Biagio. Two dogs so different and with the same problems as humans: the wanderer Biagio, a half-breed of city looking for food, but happy with his condition of freedom; Lilli, an elegant purebred dog, lived in the luxury of a villa. But when Cupid calls, the difference does not exist, neither for humans, nor for animals ... because love goes beyond barriers and flies to infinity.

Italian dubbing of Lilli and the vagabond
LilliFlaminia Jandolo
BiagioStefano Sibaldi
WhiskeyLauro Gazzolo
FidoMario Besesti
Dear GianniGiuseppe Rinaldi
TesoroRosetta Calavetta
Aunt SaraMaria Saccenti
GildaTina Lattanzi
BorisLuigi Pavese
ToughyPino Locchi
Other resources Lilli and the vagabond
Lilli and the Wanderer coloring pages
Lilli's DVDs and the Wanderer
Lilli and the Wanderer toys
Albums and stickers of Lilli and the Vagabondo
Super 8 films by Lilli and the Vagabondo
Lilli and the Vagabondo books
Discs and CDs of Lilli and the Vagabondo
The video of Lilli and the Vagabondo - Dolce Sognar. When Lilli and Biagio eat by candlelight, with the romantic sound of the accordion.
The video of Lilli e il Vagabondo - The song of Gilda. The song sung by the dog.
The video of Lilli and the Vagabondo - Siamese cats. The song of the Siamese cats, sinuous and close companions of Lilli

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