Picks and Pans Review: Lady and the Tramp

updated 01/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/12/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

There are splashier, more dramatic Disney animated features, but none has more charm than this canine romance, released in 1955. A lot of its appeal is supplied by the voices behind the richly drawn cartoons. Larry Roberts, a Los Angeles stage actor, supplied a Crosby-Sinatra nonchalance to Tramp, a free-spirited mongrel with an eye for the ladies. Barbara Luddy, a veteran actress who was then nearly 50, provided an ingenue touch to Lady, the well-born cocker spaniel. Noteworthy among the supporting cast was Peggy Lee, who wrote the songs—We Are Siamese was the best known—and played four roles, including Peg, a floozyish Pekingese. There are enough plot problems to keep even present-day children interested. Lady needs Tramp's help to fight off a rat, some street curs and the incursion of her owners' new baby. The action keeps Lady's and Tramp's courtship from turning to cloy. (G)

(Thaddeus Novak, 7, concurs: Good movie. My favorite part is where Tramp escapes from that dogcatcher.)

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