Lady and the Tramp was one of the biggest box office hits of its time. The stunning Cocker Spaniel and her Mutt of a lover almost missed their chance at a first date.
Steven Vagnini, the curator for the official Disney fan club, D23, told Yahoo that Walt couldn’t envision the scene’s potential. He imagined the sight of two dogs chowing down on plate of noodles would be messy, rather than soulful.
In real life, the dinner would play out as a food fight. In the hands of brilliant animator Frank Thomas, this iconic restaurant scene became sweet and beautiful. Frank created a rough cut to convince Walt that it was an absolutely necessary part of the film.
Happily, Frank’s approach did the trick. Millions of fans swooned as they watched the pair fall in puppy love.
Watch the video to bask in the pair’s glorious romance!