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Aunt Sarah
Background information
Feature films Lady and the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
Television programs House of Mouse
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Frank Thomas
Voice Verna Felton
Tress MacNeille
Anne Marit Jacobsen (Norwegian)
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Old woman
Personality Selfish, old, stereotypical, meddling, over-bearing, sometimes good
Appearance Obese old woman, white hair, pink dress, button, glasses,green coat
Nationality
Species
Birthday
Occupation Jim Dear's Aunt
Alignment
Alignment Neutral
Affiliation
Affiliations
Goal To look after the baby
Home New Haven, Connecticut
Relatives Jim Dear (nephew)
Pets Si and Am (cats)
Allies Her cats Si and Am, her nephew Jim Dear, Darling, her great-nephew Jim Jr., Lady, Tramp, Jock, Trusty, Scamp, Annette, Danielle and Collette, Angel, Jock, Trusty, Tony, Joe, The Dogcatcher (first film)
Minions The Dogcatcher (occasionally)
Enemies Lady (formerly), Tramp (formerly), The Rat
Likes Her cats Si and Am, her nephew Jim Dear, Jim Jr.
Dislikes Dogs (sometimes)
Powers and abilities
Weapons broom,muzzle
Fate Has sent dog biscuits to Lady and the Tramp as an apologetic Christmas present (off-screen) (first film).
Watches Scamp and the Junkyard Dogs ruin the Fourth of July picnic (sequel).
Quote "Oh... that wicked animal, attacking my poor, innocent little angels, MERCIFUL HEAVENS!! .


Aunt Sarah is the main antagonist in Disney's 1955 animated feature Lady and the Tramp and a minor antagonist in its 2001 sequel. She was voiced by Verna Felton and later by Tress MacNeille in the sequel.

Background

Development

In earlier drafts of the first film, Aunt Sarah was written as an overbearing, meddling mother-in-law and showed antagonistic feelings towards Jim Dear. She came to the house to see her new nephew while Jim Dear and Darling were still at home and continously pushed for them to muzzle/kick out Lady as she was constantly found guilty of mistchief commited by Si and Am. Near the end, when Lady was found to be innocent of attacking the baby, Aunt Sarah angrily left after Jim Dear accused her cats of being cowards and was not shown to have redemption in the end.         

Personality

Having such a deep appreciation for cats, Aunt Sarah dislikes dogs a lot and is very antagonistic towards them, being quick to blame them for any incidents that occur. 

Appearances

Lady and the Tramp

In the film, Sarah is put in charge of Lady and the newborn child while Jim Dear and Darling go on vacation. She takes an immediate dislike to Lady and shuts her out of the nursery when she tries to see the baby. While she is upstairs, her two cats, Si and Am, cause trouble downstairs and wreck the house, claiming it as their own. Although the cats caused all the trouble, Lady gains all the blame when they pretend she attacked them and ends up muzzled by Aunt Sarah. Luckily, Lady is able to wriggle out of Aunt Sarah's arms and run off.

After Lady is taken to the pound, she is picked up by Aunt Sarah, but she ties Lady to her doghouse as punishment for running away. Lady suddenly spots a rat climbing through a hole in the fence. While she barks at the rat, Aunt Sarah tells her to shush. Tramp hears Lady's barks and she tells him that there's a rat in the house. Tramp follows the rat to the baby's room and kills the rodent before he can harm the baby. The loud commotion alerts Aunt Sarah who notices Lady and Tramp. Believing they want to harm the baby, she locks Lady in the basement and forces Tramp into the closet. She then calls the pound and has Tramp taken away by the dogcatcher.

When Jim Dear and Darling return, Aunt Sarah reveals that a stray dog, Tramp, had been in the baby's room, and that she had him taken to the pound. After hearing Lady barking, they release her from the basement, where Aunt Sarah had locked her up. Jim Dear realizes that Lady is attempting to tell them something, and so he and Darling follow Lady to the baby's room. There, Jim Dear and Darling are able to find a dead rat. They realize that Tramp had been trying to protect the baby from the rat.

Aunt Sarah is not seen again afterwards, but is mentioned in the ending as having sent Lady and Tramp some dog biscuits as an apology.

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure

Aunt Sarah returns in the 2001 sequel. She is first seen in opening of the film while Jim Dear and Darling are taking a stroll in town, where they meet up with Aunt Sarah. She claims she will be attending their family picnic, as Si and Am love Indepencence Day. She is later seen at the Independence Day picnic. Scamp disrupts the family's picnic by scaring Si and Am (who were hiding in the picnic basket, about to steal the chicken) into Aunt Sarah's arms. Scamp then steals the family's chicken, determined to prove to Buster that he is a Junkyard Dog. She then watches in horror as the other Junkyard Dogs ruin the Fourth of July picnic.

House of Mouse

Aunt Sarah makes a cameo apperance in the House of Mouse episode "Rent Day"   where she is seen sitting at a table with Si and Am.  

Gallery

Trivia

  • Verna Felton, who voices Aunt Sarah in the first movie, is the mother of actor Lee Millar, who provided the voice of Jim Dear in the first movie.
  • Aunt Sarah was usually never cited as a villain, being that she misunderstands things, such as not knowing her beloved Si and Am caused the trouble.
  • Aunt Sarah was animated by Frank Thomas who did Mr. Toad, the main protagonist of The Wind in the Willows.
  • Aunt Sarah is one of the Disney Villains to have redemption at the end.
  • Aunt Sarah's overbearing behavior caused her to appear as the main antagonist, but she was not a true villain.
  • It is unknown if Aunt Sarah is intolerant of dogs, but her pompous behavior usually gets the better of her.
  • Aunt Sarah might not be an evil character, since she was just overbearing and got misunderstood, and was a little unaware of the trouble.
  • Aunt Sarah shares some similarities with Sir Ector from the The Sword in the Stone  and Amos Slade from The Fox and the Hound. All three are antagonistic to the protagonist (Aunt Sarah to Lady; Sir Ector to Arthur; and Amos Slade to Tod). However, they reform in the end of the film.
  • Her name comes from a place called Aunt Sarah's Pancake House.



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