A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver (voice)
Dodger (voice)
Tito (voice)
Einstein (voice)
Francis (voice)
Rita (voice)
Fagin (voice)
Roscoe (voice)
Desoto (voice)
Sykes (voice)
Jenny (voice)
William Glover ...
Winston (voice)
Georgette (voice)
Carlo / Louie the Sausage Vendor / Animal Sounds (voice)
Deborah Gates ...
Additional Voice (voice) (as Debbie Gates)


Inspired by Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist". A homeless kitten named Oliver, roams the streets of New York, where he is taken in by a gang of homeless mutts who survive by stealing from others. During one of these criminal acts, Oliver meets a wealthy young girl named Jenny Foxworth. This meeting will forever change his life. Written by Kelly

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The first Disney movie with attitude.


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Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Oliver and the Dodger  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)


$73,450,885 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The song "Why Should I Worry?" was later used as the theme song of a Disney TV series starring Joey Lawrence, who voiced Oliver in this film. See more »


Rita has an obvious change in her voice when singing "Streets of Gold". Rita has a soft, kind voice and when she sings it's loud and rough. See more »


Dodger: This city's got a beat, and you gotta hook into it. And once you get the beat, you can do anything.
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Version of Oliver Twist (1909) See more »


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A fun "twist" on the classic Oliver story
8 November 2006 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

I know it sounds weird because this movie was made when I was a child, you'd think I would've seen it at an earlier age. But I never did and my friend had the movie, I was curious and wondering why I never had the chance to see it. But I'm glad that I just got to see this movie, it was so much fun and I just missed the old time animation. It had great music by the awesome Billy Joel and the animals were just so adorable.

Basically, Oliver is an orphan kitten the big city of New York and meets a smooth street smart dog, Dodger. When Oliver follows Dodger to his layer of other dogs who are led by a homeless man, Fagin, they decide to keep Oliver. But when Oliver is learning the street smarts, a little girl sees him and takes him home where he gets a nice loving place to stay, not to mention extremely wealthy. But the guys want him back and kidnap him to pay back the mean Mr. Sykes.

I thought this was a great introduction of Charles Dicken's immortal classic for the kids. Not to mention that it was clever and witty, the music is memorable and there are some very funny moments that both kids and adults could get a kick out of. Believe me, this movie is good fun, but I'm still trying to find out why I didn't see it sooner.


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