Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure is another unnecessary direct-to-video from Disney. It tries to harp back to the nostalgia of the original but it falls flat at each stretch of the lame story.
Genre(s): Animation, Family, Comedy
Disney | G – 69 min. – $39.99 | August 21, 2012
Directed by: Darrell Rooney
Writer(s): Bill Motz, Bob Roth (screenplay)
Cast: Scott Wolf, Alyssa Milano, Chazz Palminteri
Features: Commentary, Trivia Track, Featurette, 3 Bonus Shorts, Sing-Along Songs, DVD Copy
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Disc Size: 40.8 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C
Along with their well-behaved girl puppies, Lady and Tramp are busy raising mischievous Scamp – who’s always in the doghouse. Longing for freedom, Scamp ventures far from home and meets a lovely, reluctant stray named Angel. She introduces him to the Junkyard Dogs, led by streetwise Buster. When Buster challenges Scamp to the ultimate test of a collar-free life, Scamp finds himself torn between a world of adventure and love for the family he’s left behind.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5
The Blu-ray release comes in a glossy, reflective slip cover.
Puppy Trivia Track runs during the movie and gives viewers information about nearly everything.
The Making of Lady and the Tramp II: From Tramp to Scamp (16:34; SD) is an interesting featurette showing where the idea for sequel came from, animating it, scoring and recording voice actors. The movie might not be any good, but I liked watching the process.
Sing-Along Songs allows kids to sing to 5 songs from the movie.
Bonus Shorts include ‘Pluto, Junior’, ‘Bone Trouble’ and ‘Pluto’s Kid Brother’.
Last up is an Audio Commentary with Director Darrell Rooney, Animation Director Steve Trenbirth and Co-Director/Producer Jeannine Roussel. Easily the best feature on the disc, not saying much I know, the track gives behind-the-scenes and anecdotal info about the film and taking inspirations from the original.
Also included is a standard DVD Copy.
VIDEO – 4.0/5
Lady and the Tramp II scamps around and finds love inside a Blu-ray case. Given this is a “newer” title, it’s not a big surprise that the transfer, presented in its original 1.78 widescreen aspect ratio, looks pretty good. However, it’s also got a bit of the cheaper quality that permeates a lot of Disney’s direct-to-video releases. The colors seem to be well balanced and I didn’t notice much in the way of dust, scratches or banding which is the biggest obstacle in an animated Blu-ray.
AUDIO – 3.5/5
The 5.1 DTS-HD MA transfer sounds OK with most of the action taking place in the center channel for dialogue while the musical elements help the lossless track pick up some steam. It’s nothing outstanding but serviceable.
OVERALL – 3.25/5
Overall, Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure is another unnecessary direct-to-video from Disney. It tries to harp back to the nostalgia of the original but it falls flat at each stretch of the lame story. The Blu-ray at least has solid video/audio transfers and the features, while nothing great, are half-decent.