Lady and the Tramp

Movie review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Classic Disney dogs paw their way into hearts of all ages.
  • G
  • 1955
  • 76 minutes
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 20 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Intended to entertain, not educate, but kids might learn a bit about dog licenses and dog pounds, as well as get a glimpse of an era where horse-drawn carriages were the norm.

Positive Messages

Positive messages about being a good friend, protecting and helping the vulnerable, loyalty, standing up for what's right, and not judging others based on their status. Additional themes include integrity and humility.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lady is loyal to her humans, especially the baby. Tramp is protective of both Lady and the baby and puts himself in harm's way for both. Lady's friends are initially judgmental, but learn from their mistakes. On the other hand, Aunt Sarah is harsh and inflexible, and the Siamese cats are quite stereotypical.

Violence & Scariness

Lady gets muzzled by a mean human. She's chased by some fierce-looking dogs. She winds up in jail (the dog pound) briefly. Lady meets two Siamese cats who are mischievous and creepy. The climactic scene involves a beady-eyed rat threatening a baby and then a frantic chase where one secondary dog character briefly appears to be dead.

Sexy Stuff

Some romance between Lady and the Tramp including the famous scene where they unexpectedly kiss when slurping a spaghetti noodle. The restaurant chef helps create a romantic dinner for the dogs. References to the Tramp's previous romantic liaisons that result in some brief jealousy from Lady. Mentions of marriage between dogs. In the end, the dogs are raising puppies together.

Language
Consumerism

The is part of the giant Disney empire, though there are fewer merchandising options for this particular title, compared to others.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lady and the Tramp is one of the milder Disney titles, with no clear villain, so it's an age-appropriate choice for younger viewers who are ready for a feature-length movie. There are a few scenes that are potentially scary, including a climactic scene where the dogs try to protect a baby who's threatened by a beady-eyed rat and an accident scene where a secondary character appears to be dead, but then later appears mildly injured. The Siamese cats are more mischievous than mean, but they can seem creepy to young kids (they also embody some dated stereotypes). Romance is a theme throughout, with the two main characters ending up together raising puppies.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysarah_from_yale April 9, 2008

Sweet

This movie is one of my favorite kids movies of all time. Although there aren't as many memorable songs as there are in later Disney Movies, "We Are... Continue reading
Adult Written byAshnak April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byMitchell Charleston May 15, 2013

Charming.

I'm a 15 year old male who is a mix of black and white (my mom is white and my dad is black). Anyways, I LOVE Lady and the Tramp. It is amazing. Lots of ro... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 28, 2015

See It! Disney Classic for 5+

Its an amazing heartwarming story. There are a few sad parts, I saw it when I was 4 or 5 and cried a lot. First, Lady gets taken to the pound and all the dogs a... Continue reading

What's the story?

In LADY AND THE TRAMP, Lady is a pampered cocker spaniel of a couple she knows as "Jim Dear" and "Darling." When Lady's owners have a baby, Lady is apprehensive, but Jim Dear and Darling assure her that she's still important to them. The couple goes away, and Aunt Sarah arrives, with her nasty Siamese cats, to care for the baby. The cats make a mess of the living room and Lady gets the blame. Aunt Sarah puts Lady in a muzzle, and Lady, hurt and humiliated, runs away. She meets Tramp, who finds a way to get the muzzle off, and the two share some romantic adventures.

Is it any good?

This animated film takes the classic romantic story of two individuals from different sides of the tracks and turns it into a delightful musical kids' tale that all ages can enjoy. With memorable songs and sweet characters, Lady and the Tramp taps into issues that will resonate with kids (like being neglected after a new baby arrives) and classic tropes (like love across class lines).

Best of all, with no uber-villian, younger kids will still get the thrill of conflict and resolution without getting too scared to enjoy the movie.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between Lady and the Tramp. What are the benefits of their different lifestyles? What do they learn from each other?

  • What happened to Lady after the baby was born? Kids: How would you feel if a new baby took away your parents' attention? How could the parents have handled things differently?

  • Talk about the era this movie is set in. Can you spot any old-fashioned images? How do men and women act in the movie that's different from today?

  • How do the characters in Lady and the Tramp demonstrate integrity and humility? Why are these important character strengths?

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