5 Life Lessons For The Entire Family: Lady And The Tramp Movie Review

While in Los Angeles for the Black Panther press trip, we were able to celebrate LADY AND THE TRAMP being added to the Disney Signature Collection as well as its release on Blu-Ray and Digital.  The celebration was as lovely as the movie.  Of course, we ate Italian food, spaghetti to be exact at Maggiano’s Little Italy at The Grove.  Then we were whisked over to the Sip & Paint studio where we painted our version of a LADY AND THE TRAMP masterpieces.




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, they assure her that she’s still important to them. The couple goes away, and Aunt Sarah arrives, with her mean 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, scared and humiliated, runs away. She meets Tramp, who finds a way to get the muzzle off, and the two share some romantic adventures.


What could a movie about two dogs from completely different social families possibly teach us?  If you have seen the movie, you may respond it can teach us how opposites attract, true love does exist, or even there is somebody for everyone to experience that happily ever after.  Watching Disney’s Lady and the Tramp has life lessons that can teach children, mothers, mother figures, and fathers.  Here are 5 life lessons for the entire family.


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  1. There was life prior to T.V. and tablets.

The thing that caught my eye was the movie took place somewhere around the early 1900’s as there were not many cars and horses as transportation were the primary transport.  My son likes to ask questions in reference to life when you were a kid mommy.  Yeah, he thinks I was around prior to running water and cereal.  Throughout the movie, there were moments of how life was so simple with wagons pulled by horses, the fading art of knitting, and dinner without cell phones.  The residents dressed-up to go to “town” which involved shopping at the local market.

  1. Motherly Instincts do not require a child.

Lady was without offspring but still possessed the instincts of a mother.   Even as she felt forgotten by her family, she could not rest until she got back home to protect the new baby.  She also felt the threat of the mouse and barked hysterically to alert Aunt Sarah as she was tied to a tree.  Nothing was going to hold her back from protecting the child that earlier she felt was the threat.  This holds tree for the future mothers to be and mothers who stand in the gap for children when their biologic mothers could not…


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  1. Mothers wear many different hats and bare many emotions in this world.

When Lady began to fall in love with Tramp, I think she played all the roles she held in her head.  She was the pup of the family and the primary focus.  She then became second in line as the news and anticipation of the new arrival neared.  Once Aunt Sarah arrived, she became the fall guy for everything going wrong in the house.  When she ran away, she was quitter as she couldn’t provide her loyalty to the family and the new arrival. When thinking of leaving Tramp she felt she was torn between letting love go and choosing priorities which great moms always choose.  It is not the easiest or most popular but always the right choice.

  1. Fathers are the protectors.

Whether it is emotional or physical, fathers are the protectors of the family.  Tramp possession this trait prior to meeting Lady.  He was the protector of his friends.  Loyalty is great but protecting your love and family is the biggest motivation.  Tramp couldn’t stay away and came running when he heard the cry of his love.  He was doing whatever it took to be the protector even if sometimes others do not see your worth.  Aunt Sarah only say the results of the action not the intent of the action.  In the end it all worked out for good and Tramp’s persistence paid-off by been invited into the family and ultimately having his own family.


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  1. Your foes can be your best friends in the end.

Jock and Trusty formed a negative opinion of Tramp from the very beginning.  They kick him out of the yard but didn’t know how big of a role Tramp would play in their existence of a future.  As the dog catchers take away Tramp of Aunt Sarah called them, Lady revels that Tramp was the hero for killing the rat.  At that moment, Jock and Trusty became trusted friend and raced to rescue Tramp.  In stopping the horses, the wagon falls on Trusty halting the celebration of a freed Tramp.  In the end, the foe became the friend and risked everything to rescue his friend.  Jock returned along with Trusty, who was okay with a broken leg, again welcomed into the circle that had grown into a family of Lady, the Tramp, and a litter of four.




Great lessons, right? I know, I know I feel like I’ve spoiled it a little. Still, you should snag a copy of LADY AND THE TRAMP Multi-Screen Edition: Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital.  Most of the legacy bonus features will be included on the Blu-ray and Digital versions of the new Signature Collection release, along with a trio of all-new bonus features making their debut. Disney has cleverly reserved some of the classic bonus features for the Digital release only.

New Bonus Features:

  • Walt & His Dogs– Through archival recordings and photos, hear the tales of the dogs Walt Disney owned and loved over his lifetime.
  • Stories from Walt’s Office– Take a tour of Walt’s office suite on the Studio lot, carefully re-created to look just as it did when he occupied it.
  • How to Make a Meatball and Other Fun Facts About “Lady and The Tramp”– Watch a delicious lesson on how to make perfect meatballs with teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney Show Host Alexys Gabrielle.

Classic Bonus Features:

  • Diane Disney Miller: Remembering Dad– Walt’s daughter shares memories of her father and Disneyland’s early days, as well as a look at his apartment above the firehouse.
  • Never-Recorded Song – “I’m Free as the Breeze” – Take a listen to a song originally meant to be sung by Tramp.

Deleted Scenes:

  • Introduction of Boris– Tramp wasn’t always meant to be Lady’s only suitor. Meet Boris the aristocrat and Homer the peasant in this deleted scene.
  • Waiting for Baby– Lady watches as Jim Dear plans out his new son’s future in this early storyboard.
  • Dog Show– See the storyboards for this deleted scene in which Lady and Tramp unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of a dog show.

In life we too have (or will) experience similar challenges.  It’s nice to find solutions to some of those pain and complicated life struggles in some of your favorite Disney movies….like LADY AND THE TRAMP.  These are great lessons that we can all learn from. 




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