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Traveling along the Disney Canon, we have to embark at the 15th stop: “Lady and the Tramp”. Yes, released in 1955, the love story about two dogs of different statuses has made its way into the hearts of many! The story is an interesting one: it’s based on a story man’s dog, based on a short story in “Cosmopolitan Magazine”, inspired by an actual event involving Walt Disney and his wife, and/or possibly plagiarized from feminist María Lejárraga.

Walt, if you grant me accreditation, , that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you!

“Walt, if you grant me accreditation, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you!”

Whatever the main inspiration of the film, we all have to agree that this movie is pretty much perfect! I personally have no problems with it. The animation, backgrounds, and character designs are perfect and beautiful. The characters are lovable. The voice acting is admirable (even if including, arguably, the first use of a celebrity voice in animated films),

Blue Sky Studios' Inspiration!

Blue Sky Studios’ Inspiration!

the story is precise, and the movie keeps you entertained. I honestly wouldn’t consider it to be one of my favorite Disney films, but it’s still an amazing work of art!

With that said, let’s focus on the…umm…well…the …focus of this project: the forgotten/minor characters! This case was similar to “Peter Pan” in which my choice of forgotten/minor character was one I really didn’t want to go with; but in the end I gave in.

After Aunt Sarah takes Lady to get muzzled due to a misunderstanding of intentions between the two, Lady escapes and runs into the Tramp. The Tramp decides to help her by taking her to a zoo and asking various animals to help take off Lady’s muzzle. His first choice of assistance is quite a stupid one,

"I'd love to help a fellow animal in need, but sadly I think I've misplaced my tools. Would you be so kind as to check my stomach to see if they're in there?"

“I’d love to help a fellow animal in need, but sadly I think I’ve misplaced my tools. Would you be so kind as to check my stomach to see if they’re in there?”

but Lady’s muzzle finally gets off with the aid of Gopher!

"I'm not in the movie, you know!"

“I’m not in the movie, you know!”

(Well, umm…a beaver really, but they ended up using the same design and voice for Gopher!)

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“Next thing you’ll tell me is that they’ll reuse this muzzle for a Batman villain!”

Now, my forgotten/minor character today is seen before the dogs enter the zoo. Seeing as no dogs are allowed in, the Tramp causes some mischief between an Irish policeman and our person of interest so that they can sneak in unnoticed.

The Match of the Century: Bill Thompson vs. Dallas McKennon!

The Match of the Century: Bill Thompson vs. Dallas McKennon!

Since much is not given about our friend, how do we know that he is a British Polyglot Professor? Well, let’s put on our Sherlock Holmes deerstalkers

Check!

Check!

(that some of us would rather not use),

Rebel by all means!

Rebel by all means!

and go through the deduction process that arrives at the aforementioned conclusion.

Well, first of all, the character is quite snappily dressed, so one can assume that he is a man of high position and/or status in society. And based on Wikipedia and IMDB’s reports of a character named “Professor” voiced by Dallas McKennon, I think we’re safe to assume that our suspect is indeed a professor!

"Once you've eliminated the impossible, whatever's remaining, no matter if it's Wikipedia or IMDB, must be the truth!"

“Once you’ve eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter if it’s Wikipedia or IMDB, must be the truth!”

Secondly, the man is carrying an umbrella which means one of three things: It’s raining outside (which it isn’t), he’s in Seattle (which he isn’t), or he’s in England (Bingo!). And his accent is further proof of his British citizenship. So we are safe to assume that he is in fact British!

"There is nothing new under the sun. It's the same old Englishmen, it's the same old rainclouds. It has all been done before!"

“There is nothing new under the sun. It’s the same old Englishmen, it’s the same old rain clouds. It has all been done before!”

Thirdly, the man is carrying and reading a book without paying attention to anything else, and when sarcastically asked if he can read, the man replies that he can read several languages actually. So, assuming that he can speak the languages that he can read, we are safe to assume that he is a polyglot!

"I say, Holmes, what school did you attend to develop such a brilliant deductive mind?""Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary!"

“I say, Holmes, what school did you attend to develop such a brilliant deductive mind?”
“Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary!”

And lo, and behold, we deduce that he is a British Polyglot Professor! And all it took was to observe in the manner of the greatest detective ever…

"What is this nonsense that Poirot hears?"

“What is this nonsense that Poirot hears?”

Umm, I meant the second best detective ever!

"Ah, not even, but bon!"

“Ah, not even, but bon!”

Summing up, in a beautifully made film about dogs, our forgotten/minor character is a multilingual English educator!

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