Reviewed by: Brett Willis
|Featuring:||voices of Scott Wolf, Alyssa Milano, Chazz Parminteri, Jeff Bennett, Jodi Benson, Bill Fagerbakke, Mickey Rooney, Bronson Pinchot, Cathy Moriarty|
|Director:||Darrell Rooney | Co-Director and Producer: Jeannine Russell|
After 46 years, one of Disney’s great animated films finally has a sequel. And the high production values, excellent characterizations and “good taste” make it a fitting one.
Tramp is settled down with Lady in the home of “Jim Dear” and “Darling,” and they have four puppies—three girls who take after their mother, and a boy who’s the image of his father. Scamp seems to have inherited something else from his father as well—he dislikes family life with all its “rules and regulations,” and longs for the “free” life of a street dog.
Leaving home in his quest for happiness, he finds that life on the outside isn’t all he thought it would be. He meets and falls for the sweet-hearted Angel, but gets into trouble having to prove that he’s “worthy” to join a gang of tough junkyard dogs led by his father’s former pal, Buster.
Although Scamp first appears at the very end of the original “Lady and the Tramp”, the development of his slightly-mischievous character is not new. Back around 1960, he even had his own comic book series.
There’s some non-scary violence—between the dogs, and as the dogs repeatedly escape from the ever-present but bumbling dogcatcher (in addition to the voices of Tramp, Jock and Trusty, Jeff Bennett does an excellent Don Knotts imitation as the voice of the dogcatcher).
The story is positive and the content is clean. The major theme is the importance of family. Angel, who already knows what street life is like, would give anything to have what Scamp has run away from. We could even say that the film is a retelling of the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). Definitely worth watching for all ages.