This month marks the 60th anniversary of the beloved 1955 animated feature Lady and the Tramp, a canine love story about two dogs from very different worlds who are united by dire circumstances and a romantic plate of spaghetti and meatballs.
As Disney begins to ramp up its celebrations, we spoke with a former studio archivist and a curator for the official Disney fan club D23, Steven Vagnini, who reminded us that the movie’s most iconic scene almost didn’t happen.
The spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp — in which two dogs from different sides of the tracks nuzzle over a plate of noodles — was cut from the film’s first storyboards by Walt Disney himself. He wanted the dogs to have human emotions, of course, but thought fine dining might be pushing it.
“Walt wasn’t convinced that that would be a very clean-cut scene,” Vagnini tells Yahoo Movies. “As you can imagine, if you have two pets and they eat a plate of spaghetti, it’s hard to envision that being too graceful.“ Directing animator Frank Thomas saved the day and the scene by working up a rough version to convince Disney.