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Si and Am are Aunt Sarah's twin Siamese cats and minor antagonists in Disney's 1955 film Lady and the Tramp, and its 2001 sequel. 

They were both voiced by the late Peggy Lee. They were later voiced by both Mary Kay Bergman and Tress MacNeille in the sequel; MacNeille now voices them both since Bergman's death.

Background

Development

Earlier versions of the storyline, drafted in 1943 during the war, had the two cats appear as a sinister pair, suggesting the yellow peril. They were originally named Nip and Tuck. In Ward Greene's novelization, they tearfully express remorse over causing the Tramp's impending execution by hiding the rat's body as a joke, and then try to make amends, while in the film they do not partake in the climatic scene whatsoever.

Personality

Si and Am are sinister pair of cats who use the love they gain from Aunt Sarah to get others into a large amount of trouble. The cats are sneaky and love to cause trouble and make messes for their own amusement. It is indicated that they care for nothing but each other and take advantage of Aunt Sarah seeing her as a protector and not a beloved owner.

Appearances

Lady and the Tramp

In the film, Si and Am's owner Aunt Sarah is in charge of Lady and the newborn child. The two cats are commonly seen toted in a picnic basket owned by Aunt Sarah, from which they emerge after her brief departure. While Aunt Sarah is upstairs, Si and Am perform their trademark musical number, "The Siamese Cat Song". During their song, they wreak havoc throughout the household, claiming it as their own, and even attempt to eat both the family fish and family bird. During the closure of their song, Lady ferociously chases after them upon hearing of their intentions to sample some of the newborn baby's milk. Collateral damage ensues, and although the cats caused all the trouble, Si and Am feign injury in order to lay all the blame on Lady, who is then muzzled up by Aunt Sarah as a result. Si and Am are not seen for the rest of the film.

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure

Si and Am reappear in the sequel to the film. They are first seen in the 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 Independence Day. They then appear in Scamp's fantasy as he wishes to be a brave enough dog to take on threats like Si and Am.

In the middle of the film, they are last seen attending a picnic with their owner. During the picnic, they are seen attempting to steal the turkey until Scamp arrives and scares them into Aunt Sarah's arms. They are not seen for the remainder of the film.

Raw Toonage

Si and Am made numerous appearances in the animated series Raw Toonage.

House of Mouse

Si and Am made numerous again appearances in the animated series House of Mouse. In "Rent Day" the cats popped out from their picnic basket, cheering for O'Malley and the Alley cats.

They make a notable appearance in Mickey's House of Villains during the villains' hostile takeover of the club. They are seen singing a part in "It's Our House Now!", and later on witnessing Mickey Mouse's climatic battle with Jafar. In the end, they flee with the other villains, after Jafar is sucked back into the lamp and defeated.

Lady and the Tramp (2019)

They appear in the 2019 live action remake. Due to the cultural depiction considered inappropriate in the original, their species is changed from Siamese cats to Rex cats and their names have been changed to Devon and Rex (voiced by Nate "Rocket" Wonder and Roman GianArthur, respectively). "The Siamese Cat Song" is replaced with a jazz number called "What a Shame".

Much like in the original, they are Aunt Sarah's cats and come out to destroy the house (albeit, more destructive) while blaming Lady for the damages. However, when Lady returns to the house with the Dears, Sarah is kicked out along with her cats who can be heard meowing in agony as they are forced to leave as comeuppance.

Disney Parks

Walt Disney World

Si and Am appear in a fair amount of Disney Villains merchandise. They also have a statue of them in the Disney Villains store at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

In Fantasmic!, Si and Am appear in the floating bubble musical sequence.

Hong Kong Disneyland

In 2017, Si and Am were amongst the Disney villains projected onto Sleeping Beauty Castle as one of Maleficent's invited guests in Villains Night Out!.

Trivia

  • Si and Am went on to become recurring Disney characters, and major members of the Disney Villains franchise.
  • It is indicated that they care for nothing but each other and take advantage of Aunt Sarah, seeing her as a protector, not a beloved owner.
  • These two characters have been cited as Asian stereotypes because of their squinty eyes and bucked teeth (or in their cases, fangs).
  • With their names combined, "Siam" is the former name of the Kingdom of Thailand, referencing the cats' heritage and the name of the country.
  • Si and Am appear in an extremely large amount of Disney Villains merchandise, as well having a statue of them in the Disney Villains Store in Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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