Film Review: Disney+’s Lady and the Tramp Feels Neutered

The Pitch: One Christmas morning in a quaint Midwestern town in 1909, Jim Dear (Thomas Mann) gifts his wife Darling (Kiersey Clemons) with an adorable Cocker spaniel she names Lady (voiced by Tessa Thompson). After a few years as the Dears’ loyal, sophisticated housepet, though, Lady senses that the impending arrival of Darling’s new child will leave her without a home. One terrifying dogsitting stint from nosy cat lover Aunt Sarah (Yvette Nicole Brown) later, and Lady’s out on the street with nowhere to go; luckily for her, she runs into a cocky mutt with no name (voiced by Justin Theroux) and an equally independent perspective on life. Sparks fly, dogs kiss over noodles, you know the rest. Isle of Dogs: As Disney remakes go, Lady and the Tramp is certainly one of the more inoffensive of the bunch. It’s fitting that it’s headed straight for streaming (as part of Disney+’s opening slate), since everything about Charlie Bean’s remake of the 1955 original screams a kind of warm, gentle safeness. It’s a warm blanket disguised as a motion picture, focus-tested and guaranteed to not ruffle feathers (or fur) while making sure children don’t lose the script. It feels made for TV, for lack […]

Hilary Duff returning for Lizzie McGuire series on Disney+

Disney+ has added another familiar name to their ever-expanding catalogue: Lizzie McGuire. On Friday, the Mouse House announced at their D23 conference that Hilary Duff will reprise her role in a new series surrounding her iconic character. Original series creator Terri Minsky will serve as showrunner for the show, which follows a now-30-year-old McGuire trying to survive in New York City. Further details are expected to be announced as the weekend unfolds. Seeing how the forthcoming streaming service will also include a revival of High School Musical, it’s not exactly surprising that McGuire is also making a comeback. The original McGuire series ran for two seasons on the Disney Channel from 2001 to 2004 with a blockbuster movie in 2003. At the time, the series followed the titular 13-year-old who dreamed of being popular. Like most things Disney, it became a total phenomenon with pre-teens, producing all sorts of soundtracks, books, shirts, toys, you know the drill. Today? Eh, we’ll see how McGuire fares for thirtysomethings. [embedded content] Consequence of Sound RSS Feed