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Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001), (G)
CAP Score: 86
CAP Influence Density: 0.29

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LADY AND THE TRAMP II: SCAMP'S ADVENTURE (G) -- also possesses "new age" properties...

Before getting into our analysis of *Lady and the Tramp: Scamp's Adventure*, let me revisit some background about the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model. Though the CAP model was developed by observation of human behaviors does not mean it cannot be applied to animated behaviors. If you are not interested in or are already familiar enough with the rationale behind the CAP model applied to animated entertainment, skip to "Enough of the behavioral science" -- to the third paragraph below.

Our analysis model assumes that any cartoon behavior which can reasonably be duplicated by a human child has equal potential as the behavior of any live actor/actress to produce copycat behavior or to catalyze or embolden other behavioral influences. I have not yet determined how much of a contribution the age or social stratum of the performing character, live or animated, has on copycat/catalytic influence. Adult-aged performers (live or animated) may be viewed by younger children as authority figures to be emulated. Performers of the same age/social stratum as the observer could induce sympathetic behavior by camaraderie. The behavior of performers of the same age or same social stratum as the observer is assumed to be the most influential.

From providing nine years of 24-7 care for 24 kids ranging from 2 weeks old to 17 years old, I have observed for as young as toddler that mimicking of animated behaviors to be as likely as mimicking of live actor/actress behaviors: that the mimicking is manifest not so much as destructive/aggressive physical behaviors until teen years (post pubescent), but is most likely to be manifest as arrogance and rebellion, particularly verbal, and to a lesser degree passive aggressive defiance. In other words, it appears to be as likely for younger children that, for example, the mouthing off to parents in a cartoon might as easily produce verbally rebellious and arrogant behavior as might be produced by the mouthing off to parents by live actors/actresses of the same age or social stratum. It further seems that older children (post pubescent) are more ready than younger kids, even openly willing, to incorporate the suggestions of aberrant behavior in entertainment, live or animated, particularly the aggressive and defiant behavior suggestions: those which seem to promise superiority and gratification through freedom from accountability, freedom from authority and freedom from consequences.

Enough of the behavioral science. Suffice it to say that same-age/stratum aberrant behaviors in animated entertainment or in live actor/actress performances likely possess equal potential of causing the displayed behavior in children -- good or bad.

While *Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure* is a bright romp in the style of child-oriented Disney productions, it also possesses "new age" properties. By comparison of the volume of impudence in it, the 84 score of *Lady and the Trmp II* made it numerically equivalent to the scores earned by PG movies. A lite PG -- only three of 18 points under the bottom of the scoring range for G-rated movies (100 to 87) -- but a PG nonetheless. And while the magnitude of each individual issue of impudence were not nearly as acidic as most of them in R-rated flicks, the sheer volume of them earned a score equivalent to the scores of some R-rated flicks. I didn't write the movie, folks. I just report on what is there and the computer generates the scores just like it has for more than five years. Remember "R-13?" Well, maybe we are witnessing the birth of "GPG."

*Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure* presents much the same storyline as the original 1955 *Lady and the Tramp* but with a magnification of the "Go ahead and do the wrong, as long as you are sorry for it afterwards" rationale. As if the few moments of "redeeming programming" in the end excuse the long display of rebellion and defiance. The prodigal Scamp (the voice of Scott Wolf), son of Tramp and Lady struts his inherited bravado, mostly against his father's parental authority: "I gotta be wild and free like a dog is supposed to be!" All attempts at disciplining Scamp seem so futile and even seem to fuel Scamp's fire [Prov. 1:7; Isa. 30:1].

Once Scamp gains his "freedom" he roams the neighborhood and encounters some junkyard dogs. Convinced of the joy of being a junkyard dog which can jump on any couch in the yard, knock over any lamp, or chew any hat or shoe, Scamp performs a number of initiation rites for the junkyard dog leader, Butch (the voice of Chazz Palminter) to prove he is worthy of acceptance into the prestigious packhood of Junkyard Dog, free of all rules (except mob rule). Of course the initiation rites included stealing and risking personal safety and the safety of others. And Scamp willingly submits to such to further his efforts to be free of rules as a junkyard dog, to be cool.

Amidst the fray is Angel (the voice of Alyssa Milano) who may be the only non-family solidity for Scamp. Angel, being the only "girl" in the junkyard gang is Butch's girl -- or so he says. To which her reply is I'm NOT your girl." Angel is not so sure the gang is the right place for Scamp and proceeds to convince him of this. Finally she does and becomes Scamp's "girl."

And in the end all is well. Life resumes with the prodigal Scamp returning home to his family and taking Angel with him. And without consequences for the stealing or other aberrant behaviors. It would be nice if the real world were like that. Or would it? Maybe criminals could just say they are sorry for defying the rules and be forgiven with no consequences? I know it is a stretch between criminal and simple stealing .......? Hmmm. I remember a news article which reported of a five year old who took a gun to school in his backpack because he saw it on TV and thought it was cool.

Regarding Scamp returning home like the prodigal son, the Bible speaks to what parent would give a stone to a child who asks for bread [Luke 11:11]? It also tells of the unconditional love of the parent of the prodigal son [Luke 15:11-24]. But the Bible further tells us to drive rebellion far from our children [Prov. 22:15]. Indeed, oft times our love for our children *must* manifest as discipline [Prov. 13:24]. Be careful not to equate the reasons the prodigal son left home with rebellion and arrogance. The [adult] lad decided it was time to strike out out his own but made some poor choices and needed help. The point being that while we must love our children unconditionally, we must at times use tough love to show it. A parent must not let his/her child threaten or coerce as did Scamp but a parent is to never stop loving the child, no matter what s/he does.

On more than one occasion the story also tries to use the sins of the parent to excuse the sins of the child, e.g., "You did when you were young. Then so am I!" In no case do your sins excuse mine, nor mine yours. And neither must a parent let his/her son/daughter sin just because the parent did. Further, the story taught of disregarding of the rules: that rules are only there to make youth controlled and unhappy. By the way, Angel and Scamp meet the same jolly restauranteer Lady and Tramp met in 1955 and get the same spaghetti and meat ball speciale and the same romantic interlude. But the humility of Lady in the 1955 *Tramp* when her "lips" met with Tramp's when slurping the same strand of spaghetti was not there when Angel and Scamp's "lips" met... Remember folks. I just tell you what is there and give you some comparative tools to help YOU decide whether a flick is fit for you and/or your family.


If needed to focus or fortify, applicable text is underlined or bracketed [ ].
  • Prov. 1:7 The fear [yir'ah' {yir-aw'} respect, reverence, piety] of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools [eviyl {ev-eel'}: one who despises wisdom, mocks when guilty, is quarrelsome, is licentious] despise [buwz {booz}: hold in contempt, as insignificant] wisdom and discipline.
  • Is. 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel [etsah {ay-tsaw'}: advice, purpose], but not of me [His plan for the parent/child relationship]; and that cover with a covering [as in prepare a mask], but not of my spirit [breath, as in Word], that they may add [caphah {saw-faw'}: gather] sin to sin:
  • Luke 11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
  • Luke 15:11-24 And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
  • Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.
    [NOTE: The rod *figuratively* means a bar or pole as the rod in the hands of a shepherd who never uses it to cause damage to his sheep but to guide and correct AND save them. "Rod" also means a mark of authority. See *Spare the Rod - Spoil the Child: A Parental Perspective . Know it is long.]
  • Prov. 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes [early]. (NIV) He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female.]

    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • theft
  • great falls
  • threats of violence
  • treachery
  • terror of brutal attack

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • disregard of rules
  • Tramp: "Here you have a family that loves you." Scamp: "As long as I do as you say."
  • Scamp: "...Then maybe I don't WANT to be in this family."
  • songs of licentiousness, including arrogance at father and freedom form accountability
  • running away to be "free"
  • siblings saying they don't want their brother back
  • lie about membership in a family
  • portrayal of father blaming himself for son's poor choices
  • Angel: "Come Scamp. We can run off together. We don't need them."
  • Scamp: "I'm NOT going home. And you can't make me" to dad plus long arguing
  • Butch: "NO! *You* know what's best for *you*." after a lengthy attempt to proselytize Scamp into street life

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • An older female dog sniffing Scamp's posterior than saying "O-o-o-h! I'm getting a case of puppy love."

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

    NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth.

    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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