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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 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
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.
The romance between Lady and Tramp overcomes class lines. But the Siamese cats, Si and Am, are racist caricatures of Asian people, from their design (eyes and teeth) to the broken and accented English they sing in. At a dog pound, heavily accented dogs portray stereotypes of countries their breeds are from, such as Pedro the Mexican Chihuahua and Boris the Russian Borzoi. Disney has added a content warning on Disney+ before the film that reads "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now."
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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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Products & Purchases
The is part of the giant Disney empire, though there are fewer merchandising options for this particular title, compared to others.
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. A few scenes are potentially scary, including a climactic one where dogs try to protect a baby who's threatened by a beady-eyed rat. During an accident, a secondary character appears to be killed, but he later appears mildly injured. The Siamese cats are more mischievous than mean, but they may seem creepy to young kids, and also embody racist stereotypes. Humility, integrity, and romance are themes throughout, with the two main characters ending up together raising puppies. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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 clichés (like love across class lines). Without a dominating villain, younger kids will get the thrill of conflict and resolution without being too scared to enjoy the movie, but the racist caricatures might require some adult supervision or post-movie discussion.
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