Monday, July 4, 2016

Ornament Review: Lady and the Tramp - Art of Disney Animation Ornament #11 - 2016 Disney Store Ornament

Stars: 4 out of 5
Pros: Beautiful piece of an iconic moment
Cons: Several earlier versions, weird seams in Lady’s head, slight tip forward
The Bottom Line:
Bella Notte scene
Captured in mostly great piece
Delight for film’s fans

Iconic Moment Captured as an Ornament.  Again.

There are some moments from Disney animation that are so memorable and iconic that they easily stand out above the rest.  One of those is the romantic Italian dinner shared by Lady and the Tramp.  This moment has been captured for ornaments before, but it is the subject of the eleventh entry in the Art of Disney Animation ornament series as well.

It’s really hard to go wrong with this scene, and the ornament captures it perfectly.  We’ve got Tramp and Lady, the two dogs who are the heart of this movie, looking into each other’s eyes lovingly.  In front of them in the round barrel used as a table covered with a table cloth.  It’s got a bowl of spaghetti, a candle, and some breadsticks on it.  We can even see and feel the cobble stones the couple ate this famous dinner on.

There are no real surprises when it comes to the way the ornament looks.  Since the bowl is full, this is obviously before the two start eating dinner.  I guess they could have had the one long strand of spaghetti, but that’s about the only real variation on this scene I could imagine.  And we don’t really need it since this is a fabulous looking ornament as it is.

Well, with one exception.  The top of Lady’s head has a weird seam in it, and it is very noticeable.  My guess is that it is to reinforce that particular section since it is the one that the hook for hanging the ornament comes out of, but either way, it looks a little weird when you look at it.  Fortunately, tree branches will help disguise it when you have it hanging from your tree.

When you go to hang it, you’ll also find that it tips forward a little.  I find it hard to completely fault the ornament since it’s hard to find a way to hang it that is perfectly balanced based on the design.  Again, tree branches will really help disguise this problem.

Of course, you can set it out and enjoy it year round, and it is very tempting since the detail in this piece is wonderful.  There is a flat base to this ornament just slightly wider than it needs to be, and that base will hold this ornament steady if you set it out on any flat surface.

As much as I love how this ornament looks, I do have to wonder just why it was included in a limited series like this.  Both Hallmark and The Disney Store have produced variations on this scene before, so I’m not sure it would be a huge draw for long-time serious collectors.  However, since I didn’t have any of the previous versions of this scene, I was anxious to get this ornament, and I’m happy with this result.

So if you are missing this iconic moment from your ornament collection, be sure to get this piece.  It is nice piece that you will enjoy for years to come.

And if you are a Disney fan, be sure to check out the rest of the Art of Disney Animation series.

Original Price: $19.95

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