“Lady and the Tramp,” one of Disney’s most beloved, and I would argue best animated films is back in stores on DVD (first-time on Blu-ray), after a five-year absence. If you haven’t seen the movie — though I’d be surprised if that were the case — let me say that it’s seriously endearing.
It’s the story of a girl (a Cocker Spaniel named Lady) from an upper-class neighborhood, who’s the center of her humans’ world, until a baby is born into the family. When her humans take a short trip, leaving the baby behind with a cranky, uppity Aunt, the Aunt’s two sinister Siamese cats make Lady out to be too troublesome to keep inside near the baby, and Lady is put outside — in the dog house. But what she learns out in the big world, once she leaves the comforts of her manicured lawn, is that there’s an entire world of freedom and characters that she never knew existed — and, of course, love with a mutt named Tramp.
When most people think of the film, they think of the title and cover artwork and automatically consider it as a love story, which it is. But, in many ways, “Lady and the Tramp” is also a story of travel and adventure, of getting outside of one’s normal, small-town surroundings and experiencing life beyond. In other ways, it’s a coming-of-age tale, one of physical and personal growth.
Yes, this 1955 Disney classic captures love and romance at its core, but from the eyes of an adventurer, “Lady and the Tramp” is so much more!