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Hello everyone! I have now officially seen every single direct to video Disney sequel and let me tell you, it wasn't easy. I was either extremely bored or mentally tortured by stupidity everytime I had to sit and watch these wretched movies. Don't get me wrong, I do like some of them like Lion King 2, Bambi 2, and to some extent Cinderella 3 (the Aladdin sequels are also okay). Some of them are easily forgetable and harmless, others...not so much. So I compiled all the sequels that I felt physically or mentally tortured while I watched them. I graded them in terms of how the hold up to the original and how much they understood the concepts of the original. I also graded their entertainment value, story telling and lastly animation (since they are direct to video I tend to take easier on them when it comes to this, but there are still very 'special' cases). So lets dive in!



Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's adventure

I actually own this movie and used to watch it as a kid. I found it okay, but like any person I prefered the original a billion times more. I personally believe 'Lady and the Tramp' has some of the best atmosphere in a Disney movie, and the animation is truly ahead of its time. Its all in the point of view of a dog but unlike 'A Hundred and one Dalmatians' the animation is more polished and sophisticated. The main character (and focus) of the story is Lady and while the story has no moral persay its very entertaining and like I said before, atmospheric. It has no villain (unless you count the cats and the rat), no supernatural elements, and no love in first sight so its definately one of Disney's most unique and realistic movies.  

So what is the sequel about? Well its about Lady and the Tramp's son, Scamp who is one of the most obnoxious little turds Disney has ever come up with. His voice is annoying, his personality isn't consistent, and he's overall unlikable. Guess what? This movie is all about him! Oh joy.

They were trying to make Scamp a 'little Tramp' but Tramp in the original was suave, kind of a ladies man, and very funny. He was also a risk taker and kind of an adredaline junkie which could be considered some of his flaws. Scamp on the other hand is a puppy who tries to act tough (but fails) and has the teen mentality of 'OMG NO ONE UNDERSTANDS MEEEE' that is just not appealing to me. I'm not saying that they should've given him Tramp's personality but c'mon, couldn't they come up with traits that were less obnoxious?

Basically the movie is about Scamp wanting to be a street dog and runs away from home to join this pack of dogs named 'The Junkyard dogs' lead by the villain Buster...who apperantly knows the Tramp and has a strange mancrush on him. He tells Scamp that he chose Lady over him during the first movie (again pulling a 'Lion King 2' disregard for continuity) and he gets extremely personal about it which is actually unintentionally amusing.

We are also introduced to 'Angel' Scamp's romantic interest. She's one of the characters who confuses me the most but we will get to that later.First I want to talk about the chracters from the first movie and how they changed.

Tramp is now an uptight father which was so...disappointing. I know once you become a parent you have to be more responsible but seriously? I can't imagine Tramp from movie one turning so uptight without any development. He keeps talking about 'The rules of the house' which is so bizarre because Lady's owners were never so strict. So instead of that suave, fun Tramp from the first movie we have a boring, strict Tramp which makes me yawn thinking about it.

Lady on the other hand is nonexistant. Despite being the focus and heart of the first movie she does NOTHING here. She doesn't even do motherly things, just lounges around the house. She also has Ariel's voice which is very distracting, especially when she sings...Oh yeah, there are songs in this movie...really obnoxious songs. While in the first movie the songs were only sung by side characters to make atmosphere, these songs sound like they are from a crappy Broadway musical that flopped on the first night. I gotta say that the worst song is 'A world without fences' which is so bad I had to turn off my brain when it popped up. Scamp's voice is even more annoying when he sings.

So Scamp runs away from home and meets Angel and the junkyard dogs who sing an awful song, and he has to prove himself to be a junkyard dog to join them. During these 'tests of survival' they try to shove these stupid morals down our throat that Scamp has a good heart but they actually make no sense. For example, Scamp's first test was to remove a can under the paw of this vicious sleeping dog. The vicious dog wakes up and attempts to kill Scamp without any hesitation but is taken to the pound in the nick of time. Then Scamp says "Aren't we going to go an help him?". Scamp, this dog tried to KILL you for no reason why the fuck are you saying this? Shouldn't you show this kind of concern over your family who is worried sick about you? The writers wanted to show how 'good, decent, and kind' Scamp was but I'm sorry, I don't buy this.

Afterwards he goes on a date with the love interest Angel who stop by all the romantic spots that his parents visited in the first movie (DUR HUR). Then Angel expresses that she actually wants a family but tells Scamp to keep it a secret or else Buster will kick her out of the Junkyard dogs. Angel, why are you with them in the first place? You seem to dislike the lifestyle so why the hell are you so worried? Just leave! You seem capable of surviving on your own. Another character trait that doesn't make sense is why she wants to be part of a family. If you are abandoned by each family you belong to wouldn't you feel um...betrayed? she expresses none of these emotions (unlike Mittens from Bolt) so I don't feel sorry for her. She's a walking paradox.

So after imitating the spagetti scene of the original movie, Scamp sees that his family is mourning because of his absence. Being the unlikable character he is he tells Angel that he doesn't want to go back regardless. Sure, let your family suffer HE WANTS TO BE A JUNKYARD DAWG GAIS.

Also Scamp accidentally slips out Angel's secret to Buster to save his own ass. Way to go. It's a mystery how Angel forgives him in the end.

So after some boring events and a really lame climax (using the horrid cliche of 'He's dead, oh wait he isn't!' which is common in direct to video sequels) Scamp returns to his home and they adopt Angel as the icing of the cake. Oh yeah, the Junkyard dogs break up after Scamp crushes Buster with a pile of crap where he's left behind to die of starvation under a pile of debris. Scamp is so good, decent and kind gais. Yeah I know Buster is the villain but Scamp was willing to help that vicious rabid dog from before right?

Final thoughts Believe it or not, I don't hate this movie. Compared to what is yet to come it's pretty harmless and a lot of people see it as a guilty pleasure. The animation also isn't bad so...it isn't the worst thing I've ever seen. However the writing was so weak and the main character was so annoying that I just couldn't get into it.
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TheDreweMaster Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Tramp was SO out of character! Tramp in the first movie was cool, fun and funNY! Here, he's the exact opposite! He's got to have a little bit of the first movie Tramp inside him!
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ridollstix Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I actually have not seen this movie in a long time, but I remember being confuzzled about what happened to Tramp D:

I am looking forward to watching this ith my eyes wide open now :XD:
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wanlingnic Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I think I know what you mean about this show being a guilty pleasure - A World without Fences and Down in the Junkyard are still one of the few sequel songs I can still remember (thought it's by no means good). Still, I get the feeling that, had I seen the original, I probably wouldn't be so forgiving with this one (I never saw more than snippets of the original, and my family's not really fond of We are Siamese - that song reeks of Yellow Peril fever).

You're spot-on with Scamp, though, I hated that little turd. He wasn't really anything very innovative in terms of writing - his character development is essentially the same thing Melody goes through - he has all he ever needs, the only problem perhaps being a parent figure that establishes boundaries. And he thinks that's unreasonable, and boo hoo no one understands. He then runs off, causes trouble, and has to deal with the consequences. We don't feel sorry for him that he got into trouble by the end, because ultimately he caused it.

You know what? Scamp's the prototype American Dragon Jake Long. Oh GOD. Name more than five episodes where the conflict wasn't caused by Jake's own greed, selfishness or laziness (not including the mandatory Big Bad Huntsclan) and you wind up with... none. What writers in this situation failed to realize is that rebels do not make good protagonists. A Protagonist doesn't have to be morally perfect, but he's not supposed to be doing immoral or stupid things either, otherwise you wind up making viewers frustrated instead of charmed by your angsty teen rebel character.
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CaramelFrog Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Except Melody was considered an outcast, lied to for her whole life, and was basically miserable on land. Scamp has no excuse in being disrespectful and rotten D:

Yeah I can see how the Siamese Cat song can offend, and I do tune my brain out in that scene. That is probably the reason why I don't consider Lady and the Tramp one of my favorite Disney films.
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wanlingnic Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I'd give Melody that - if you put both films side by side, Melody does have a more valid reason to be upset with her parents, but in terms of a plot, they're basically the same person. They're upset, they trust in the bad guy, their parents have to help them and they learn their lesson.

You're so right, though. Ultimately, Scamp is disrespectful and rotten, and he's absolutely unrelatable to the hip tween demographic this movie was aimed at - his rebellious streak isn't relatable as much as it is irritating and disrespectful.

And I would open up a fresh can of ire for Return to the Sea. Making sure your loved ones are informed and prepared about the looming supernatural menace would actually PROTECT them from it? Whaaaat? D:
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CaramelFrog Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Plot wise, yes they are the same which is so laaazyyyy. Scamp is too mean for the kid crowd and too stupid for the teen crowd which makes him overall a bad character xD

Hhahahah Return to the Sea will be reviewed next so saty tuned ;)
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wanlingnic Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I can hardly wait! :D
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MissGolightly29 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh I hated this sequel most probably because I ADORE the first film. I do agree with what you said about Tramp... basically happens to EVERY disney character who becomes a parent. They become uptight over protective and lose their "je ne sais quoi" that they had in the original films. They become hated while some people adore their children. And I am here like WTF DID THEY DO TO THESE AMAZING CHARACTERS. I think my biggest peeve has to be with Simba's sequel self. Because he is pretty awesome in the original film they just drained him of that and made him uuuuugghhh. Just getting into it all makes me irritable XD You can tell I LOATH disney sequels LOL
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CaramelFrog Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah o.o When a Disney character becomes a parent they always turn boring! It's a pattern ahahahah
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MissGolightly29 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They turn bitchy

MELODY DON'T GO IN DAAAA SEEAAA


KIARRAAAAA STAY ON PRIDE ROCK


SCAMP LISTEN TO DA RULES YA LITTLE SHIT

its just a facepalm :iconfacepalmplz:
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RecklessRemedy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I lost at "Scamp crushes Buster with a pile of crap where he's left behind to die of starvation" man like when you think about it a lot of villains are defeated that way. LOL.
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CaramelFrog Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
A lot of villains (espcially in the first movies) deserved to be killed in gruesome ways but Buster was just a simple jerk, I found it really mean spirited how they just left him there to survive on garbage lol
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