Location setting?


Was it supposed to be somewhere in America, or in the UK?

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I remember a long time ago, I actually thought the film was set in ITALY (due to the obvious spaghetti scene, of course). However, I'd say it's somewhere on the east coast of the U.S. now. Almost certainly not the U.K. ("101 Dalmatians" was set there, however...)

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I'm pretty sure it takes place in the US. From what I have read, the town is based on the town Marceline in Missouri which is where Walt Disney grew up.


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I would estimate the date as somewhere around 1910, by which time there were many Italian immigrants in the USA, including restaurant proprietors like Tony.

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In the special features they mention that the town is based off Walt's childhood home in Missouri but in the sequel they do specifically say that its set in New England in the intro song.

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Yes, I believe it was set in Connecticut....I don't remember why, but this was simply fact when I was a child. Since I've always lived in CT, I just assumed it to be fact for some reason....

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Based on all of the official material I've ever read (which was almost all of it because this has long been one of my favorite Disney films), it's definitely set in New England, and I believe it's supposed to be specifically Connecticut.

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I haven't seen the movie in quite a long time, but I don't think it was ever mentioned where the movie took place. You know a name of a town, city/state, country.

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I don't know where Drewboy is from, but I share his interest in film locations.
One can assume from the lack of clues that the Disney and his writers did not want it to be too specific. The Connecticut locale or New England suggested by IMDB posters must have been inferred from source material "Happy Dan" or Joe Grant's bio or from the sequel writers' imagination.
Disney's love of main street loved by everyone no matter what state seems to be evident by his agreeing to set it in the early 20th century when nearly all towns of 5,000 or more people had streetscapes as seen in Lady and the Tramp: A dozen grand houses, Queen Anne mixed with neo-Colonial (like Trusty's) The big trees all about suggest it's east of the 100th meridian where rainfall supports big trees. The dogs snog on a hill overlooking the town so that rules out the coastal plain or the Mississippi valley. Ha I joke. While I am sure such excellent artists were very aware of natural features and plants, they probably were not going to let geographic facts be a straitjacket. Dang what a long posting.

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