The Sixth Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 2

James Proclaims (6)

2019’s ‘live action’ update of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp doesn’t have any offensive racial caricatures masquerading as cats, which is a notable improvement, but otherwise it’s generally inferior to the original. That is pretty much the case with all the Disney ‘live action’ remakes. So failing to live up to the original animated classic may be an unfair stick with which to beat this movie. Calling it ‘live action’ is also a stretch, unless Disney have somehow found a way to breed talking dogs. Which I wouldn’t necessarily put past them.

If you can manage not to compare it to the original, it is still fairly entertaining. And worth watching for the brief appearance of Ken Jeong as a sarcastic doctor, which genuinely made me laugh out loud.

Score for Christmasishness

As with the original, it is bookended by two Christmases and, as with the original, one of the titular characters is a Christmas present. So, while it is not as good as the orginal, it is certainly as Christmas(ish).

  5 comments for “The Sixth Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Door 2

  1. December 2, 2022 at 5:24 am

    The original suffers from being, if I’m being charitable, ‘of its time.’. Seen from today it still has its charm though, and it’s no ‘Song Of The South.’

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    • December 3, 2022 at 11:29 am

      Song of the South is literally too racist to be on Disney Plus. And that is a platform with a high tolerance for such things.

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  2. December 2, 2022 at 12:12 pm


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  3. December 2, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    No racial stereotypes, but still got gender ones when you look at the canines! (gruff terrier and doe eyed spaniel). Can no-one other than the whole output of Netflix make a fully PC film these days??
    Will there be a Netflix Christmas film in your selection this year? – there are oodles of them to choose from.

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    • December 3, 2022 at 11:30 am

      In theory there are no Christmas films at all but the odd one does sneak in when I’m not paying attention.


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