The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.
Charm, humor, songs, great animation...what more do you need?
One of the few Disney cartoons at this period not based on a famous piece of literature--so at least no one can complain that it doesn't do justice to the original! It's an unpretentious little gem, told from the viewpoint of the animals and against interesting backgrounds with superb animation and vocal work. Cat lovers may find it painful to watch how sinister the two Siamese cats are depicted--but not if they have a sense of humor. Actually, the 'Siamese Cat Song' is one of the highlights of Peggy Lee's novelty numbers. 'Bella Notte' and other simple melodies are integrated nicely into the plot with satisfying results. This was the first Disney cartoon made in Cinemascope so the artists had to fill a broader landscape for the camera to photograph. And yet, the transfer to video on VHS format is extremely well handled--you don't feel you're missing anything. I believe the film is also available in letterbox but I find the VHS print I own to be more than satisfactory. Delightful Disney classic for young and old alike.
- Apr 26, 2001
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