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Oliver & Company (1988)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  18 November 1988 (USA)
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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)
Natalie Gregory ...
Jenny (voice)
William Glover ...
Winston (voice)
Georgette (voice)
Deborah Gates ...
Additional Voice (voice) (as Debbie Gates)
Charles Bartlett ...
Additional Voice (voice)


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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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Oliver and the Dodger  »

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$73,450,885 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first full animated Disney "musical" (at least three songs in film, excluding main titles) since The Fox and the Hound (1981). See more »


During the "Why Should I Worry?" scene, the grand piano that is being hoisted has no pedals on it. See more »


Fagin: My days are numbered, and the number is three.
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References The Great Mouse Detective (1986) See more »


Why Should I Worry?
Written by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
Produced by Phil Ramone
Performed by Billy Joel
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OLIVER AND COMPANY (George Scribner, 1988) ***
2 January 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Curiously endearing Disney animated feature inspired by "Oliver Twist", transposing the Dickensian favorite fairly successfully to a modern-day New York setting - with the villainous Bill Sykes as a mobster (flanked by a couple of vicious mastiffs). Stylistically, it lies somewhere between LADY AND THE TRAMP (1955) and the adult-oriented films of Ralph Bakshi (without the sex and violence, naturally); as such, it stands oddly alongside the studio's usual fare from this rather lame era - and its vitality can now be seen to have foreshadowed the renaissance in quality (and critical appraisal) which they witnessed soon after, beginning with THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989). The anthropomorphic characters (which generally swamp the humans - Fagin is very much a good guy here, if still pitiful) are quite nicely fitted to class stereotypes: hence, we get a Hispanic chihauha (with an eye for the ladies) and a posh bulldog, among others, while Dodger is basically an updated version of Tramp and Oliver himself a cute but very brave kitten. The familiar and involved plot is all but jettisoned (especially in its second half) in favor of boisterous action and character comedy, with a bouncy score and rapid pace to match. In the end, it proved surprisingly good - and, at just 74 minutes, short enough not to overstay its welcome.

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