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(1955), G [G*] (1hr 14min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
June 8, 2006
91 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(1995), G [G*] -- ...timeless classic...

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Walt Disney Productions
Distribution (US): Buena Vista Film Distribution Co. Inc.
Director(s): Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske
Producer(s): Walt Disney, Erdman Penner
Writting Credits: Ward Greene, Erdman Penner, Joe Rinaldi, Ralph Wright, Don DaGradi, Joe Grant
Music: Sonny Burke, Peggy Lee, Oliver Wallace
Film Editing: Donald Halliday
Animation: Dan MacManus, George Rowley
Viewed on: Disney Home Video

As explained in our analysis of Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001), our analysis model assumes that any cartoon behavior which can be reasonably duplicated by or subjected to a human child has equal potential as the behavior of any live actor/actress to produce/embolden behavioral choices in the observer.

In this timeless classic of "Pidge" and "Bootch", better known as Lady (voice of Barbara Luddy) and Tramp (voice of Larry Roberts), the value of a home and family is portrayed using the then state of the art animation. This 1955 masterpiece of animation is an example of Disney's original style.

On one Christmas morning, Jim Dear (voice of Lee Millar) gives Darling (voice of Peggy Lee) a present. It is a hat box that Darling expects to be the hat she had admired earlier. But much to her surprise the gift inside is a cocker spaniel pup. Darling is happy with the pup.

For the next several minutes the script shows the viewer who is the boss in a human/pet relationship. Jim Dear requires that the pup, now named Lady, remains in a bed on the ground floor of the house. But Lady proves differently.

Soon, after lady grows to about 6 months, neighborhood dogs Trusty (voice of Bill Baucom) and Jock (voice of Bill Thompson) enter her life. And so does Tramp.

After an episode of Lady being muzzled because of Aunt Sarah's (voice of Verna Felton) concerns about Lady being a dog around the new baby of Jim Dear and Darling, Tramp led Lady into the awful world outside the "snob hill" world. And into mischief.

Rather than discussing to any length the plot and story with which we are all familiar, this report will focus on a comparison between this 1955 classic and the 2001 sequel.

As shown by the scoring (content) comparative above, while the two versions, five years apart, are nearly two peas in a pod in five of the six CAP investigation areas, the 2001 Lady and the Tramp  is clearly more invasive regarding impudence (I) content.

This discovery follows suit with the results of one of our first studies regarding the influential content of films circa 1996: "An overwhelming and indefensible presence of Impudence/Hate exists within the observed material, significantly more so than other presences of assaults on morality and ethics. An overwhelming presence of Impudence/Hate in entertainment media implies targeting during media production" (see ATTITUDE: In Perspective - Investigation Area Scoring and Trend).

Further, "Impudence is arrogance: a proud look (KJV Proverb 6:17). The NIV Bible calls it haughty eyes. Impudence is the first in the list of seven things our Lord hates. Impudence is the strongest presence in the movies analyzed." Our on-going finding regarding R-13 reveals this trend is not slowing or reducing. [Ps. 12:8]

The violence content of this 1995 version is limited to slapstick violence and a couple issues of no-gore but yet somewhat graphic animal attack/fighting. There is one episode of gunfire to kill and an implied animal euthanasia plus action violence with injury (no gore). [Prov. 16:29 ]

There is only one example of smoking in the 1995 version plus one matter of Christmas without Jesus.

The listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section provides an itemization of the findings.


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  • Prov. 6:16-19 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man entices his neighbor and leads him down a path that is not good. ["A violent man" can be a man (or woman) OR the behavior on the screen, too. Now you know why violence, especially in and as entertainment, can embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. See also "Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children Congressional Public Health Summit" . And see 1 Cor. 15:33 below.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    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.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    The Lady and the Tramp (1955) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • animal attack/fight, twice
  • slapstick violence
  • gunfire to kill, once
  • implied animal euthanasia
  • action violence with injury

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • falsification to implicate another
  • lying to gain unauthorized entry
  • Lady: "We shouldn't." Tramp: "I know but that's what makes it fun." and other encouragement of mischief

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • none noted

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking, once

    Offense to God (O)
  • Christmas without Jesus

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted (killing of rat was incorporated into Wanton Violence above)

  • Christian Educators Association International



    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." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of 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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