Rescue dogs take center stage as the latest Hollywood stars in the remake of the Disney classic, “Lady and the Tramp.” The film, to be released on Disney +, relied on several dogs from rescue shelters and utilizes them as extras in the film.
Charlie Bean, the director, said, “In many ways, the story is a story about rescuing animals.”
Even both lead dogs that played “Lady” and “the Tramp” were from shelters. Lady was played by Rose, a rescue from Utah that described her as “active, and full of spirit.” Tramp was played by several dogs including Monte who was rescued from a shelter in New Mexico. Wendell, a fill-in on occasion for the Tramp was even set to be euthanized before he was discovered by Disney. Another dog, Shamus, was ill-fed and had to have several surgeries to be nursed back to health.
The lead animal trainer, Mark Forbes, said that they looked “all over the country” for dogs to play in the film. He said, “a big portion of the dogs that we used on the film needed rescuing. They came from a pound, or a shelter, or foster homes.”
Forbes told blogger The Positive Mom, “You just take a chance. At some point you make that leap and go, I’m going to rescue this dog.”
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When the production finished, management made sure to find these dogs “forever homes” – many of them going to production members’ homes.
The film features the voice talents of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux. It will start streaming on November 12, the same day that Disney + comes online.