Disney has released the first trailer for the live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp, and it features a classic song from the original animated movie: "Bella Notte." Directed by Charlie Bean, the movie stars rescue dogs Rose and Monte as the two main characters, Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson) and Tramp (Justin Theroux). Lady and the Tramp will be one of the Disney+ Originals available at launch, on November 12.
As in the 1955 movie, Lady and the Tramp is about a sweet-natured and pampered pedigree dog who belongs to a wealthy family. Misfortune finds her lost on the streets, but fortune arrives in the shape of streetwise mutt Tramp, who shows her the perks of being a stray dog with no collar and no owner to answer to. Romance develops between the two dogs, but it turns out that life on the streets also comes with its fair share of perils - like the danger of being caught by the dog catcher.
The trailer for the live-action Lady and the Tramp recalls many moments from the original movie, and it's scored by a rendition of "Bella Notte" with a female singer. The song's title is Italian, meaning "Beautiful Night," and it's sung to Lady and Tramp by a friendly chef called Tony during the film's iconic spaghetti-and-meatballs dinner scene. The song was composed by Sonny Burke, with lyrics by Peggy Lee, and was performed by George Givot in the 1955 movie.
Disney has invested heavily in live-action remakes of its classic animated movies in recent years, and reaped rich rewards. This year's remake of The Lion King grossed more than $1.4 billion at the box office, and Lady and the Tramp was just one of several upcoming remakes or reimaginings showcased at this year's D23 Expo, including Mulan, Cruella, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Unlike The Lion King, which controversially had completely CGI animals, Lady and the Tramp uses real dogs supplemented by CGI doubles for talking and action scenes.
While Disney's live-action remakes have been criticized as cash-grabs by the studio, it is interesting to see how the classics are updated for the 21st century - and that includes the music. The version of "Bella Notte" we hear in the trailer probably won't be the same version that appears in the movie, since the poster shows Lady and Tramp being serenaded by Tony rather than a female singer, but hearing it again will definitely have tugged at the nostalgia strings in Disney fans' hearts.