“Lady and the Tramp” is the fourth live-action remake of an animated Disney hit to come out this year. Unlike “Dumbo,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” however, this latest offering is going straight to streaming as part of the inaugural slate on the new Disney Plus service.
Cynics might assume this means that Charlie Bean’s film is the runt of the litter. But the movie is middle-of-the-road rather than bad — hard to hate and harder to love.
Set in an idyllic, racially integrated version of the 1910s, the new “Lady and the Tramp” stars a couple of real-life adoptable dogs, Rose and Monte, in the titular roles of a pampered cocker spaniel and a wily street mutt. They are voiced, in a charmingly understated manner, by Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux, and given relatively tasteful minimal computer-generated expressions — except for Lady’s huge dark eyes, which look as if they have been digitally enhanced by Margaret Keane (of “Big Eyes” fame).
The pooches follow in their predecessors’ paw steps: Neglected by her humans (played by Kiersey Clemons and Thomas Mann) after they have a baby, Lady discovers life without a collar under the