7. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
Lady and the Tramp is a classic love story, and the fact it told through the lives of dogs, is even better. All the dogs have different personalities, and see you see a collision of worlds; Lady’s high end, fancy lifestyle versus Tramp’s wild and unrestrained life on the streets. Their friends reflect this, Lady’s close friends Trusty and Jacques, and Tramp’s mates locked away in the dog pound. It’s the classic playing out of ‘opposites attract’, not just in personality, but in all aspects of their lives. Their ability to journey through the story as they learn to appreciate one another for who they are (sounds cheesy, but it’s true) is idealistic, and gives you something to aspire to as a child. It encourages against discrimination, and proves the power of love (even more cheesy). It’s one of the fewer Disney films, however, that doesn’t have one distinguished villain. The Dog Catcher isn’t someone we particularly like, and we definitely hate those Siamese Cats “we are Siamese if we please”, but that’s what’s fresh about Lady and the Tramp. It really is a relationship-driven story, making it stand out as special amongst the Disney classics.