Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas: A Special Time with Family & Friends

In Walt Disney's animated classic Lady and the Tramp, the film begins and ends with Christmas and thought the releases from this film were a fitting end to this month's blog entries looking back on past Walt Disney Classics Collection Christmas Releases.

According to legend, the film's opening sequence, in which Darling unwraps a hat box on Christmas morning and finds Lady inside, is based upon an actual incident in Walt Disney's life. After he'd forgotten a dinner date with his wife, he made it up to her by offering her the puppy-in-the-hat-box surprise and was immediately forgiven.

Lady in Hatbox sculpted by Gwen Dutcher was the Member Gift Sculpture for those collectors who joined the Walt Disney Collectors Society and/or renewed in calendar year 1999.




"All the world is bright and joyful..." It's Christmastime again.

Tramp enjoys goodhearted friends and family gathering near the joyfully decorated tree. Tramp has now been accepted as a true member of the family, and together, he and Lady have been gifted with four lively pups. For Lady, this is the happiest of holidays.

These joyful additions to the Walt Disney Classics Collection perfectly captures the warmhearted joy of the climatic holiday scene of Walt Disney's classic animated feature, Lady and The Tramp.

The Lady and the Tramp Christmas Series made its debut in 2001 with Tramp and Tree ("At Home for Christmas"). Each year, a 2-piece set was added and in 2004, the scene was completed. Jock and Scamp ("Persistent Pup" & "Patient Pal") were released in 2002, Trusty and Puppies ("Old Dog, New Tricks" & "Playful Pup") in 2003 and Lady and Puppy ("Welcome Home" & "Precocious Pup" ) in 2004 completing the series. Each release was Limited to the Production Year of its release. The complete scene was sculpted by Dusty Horner.

Hope everyone is having a Very Merry Christmas!!

7 comments:

cuatrecess said...

Don, Mary, and Amanda,

Sorry I'm late on the sentiment, but a very Merry Christmas to you as well as a Happy & Healthy New Year!

Enjoy every minute!

Behr said...

Don

This is by far my favorite Chirstmas set, although Pluto's Christmas runs a close second. As I look at all the Christmas pieces that the line includes, it makes me miss a new addition this year. Hopefully in 2008 they will continue the tradition.

Duckman said...

Geoffrey,

I'm all for traditions and like you, would like to see a Christmas release again in 2008, hopefully part of a new series.

Just started a thread on the message board to poll suggestions for a new Christmas Series that we can poll at a later date.

Cindy said...

Don,
Lady & The Tramp just happen to be my favorite, so how nice to see you writing about it. I love this scene! It is the only Christmas scene I leave out all year. I pack them away to bring out fresh for Christmas next year.

How fitting that my 2 year old Granddaughter loves Lady also. At our Christmas dinner table, she entertained us by doing (and demonstrating) what Tramp does. And then we got to hear the dogpound also. It was quite commical.

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.
Cindy

Herc said...

This is one beautiful scene. Love it. The tree is huge. All the faces are perfect and the expressions are wonderful.

Here's hoping for a return to the Holiday Series in 2008!

Michael J. Ruocco said...

I actually bought & gave the Jock/Scamp piece to my old mentor, Al Baruch, who actually worked on L&tT back in the 50's, as an animator & development guy for the Jock & Trusty characters. He even stepped in & recorded a few lines for Jock when Bill Thompson was out. He teared up when I gave it to him.

I think all of the L&tT pieces are great, but the Christmas scene has to be the best set from the film. I still need to get the Lady Membership piece (with pin, sketch, etc.). She's just so... darling!

Duckman said...

Hi Michael,

Thanks very much for sharing that story. What a great opportunity to have met and know Mr. Baruch.

The Christmas Scene from Lady and the Tramp has definitely been a fan favorite for many WDCC collectors.