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Oliver & Company (1988)

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

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Oliver (voice)
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Dodger (voice)
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Tito (voice)
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Einstein (voice)
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Francis (voice)
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Rita (voice)
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Fagin (voice)
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Roscoe (voice)
Carl Weintraub ...
Desoto (voice)
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Sykes (voice)
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Jenny (voice)
William Glover ...
Winston (voice)
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Georgette (voice)
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Carlo / Louie the Sausage Vendor / Animal Sounds (voice)
Deborah Gates ...
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Storyline

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,022,752 (USA) (20 November 1988)

Gross:

$74,151,346 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

One of few animated films to feature a front-and-center shot of New York City's Twin Towers. After the tragedy of 9/11, when shots of the iconic towers were being removed from many films to avoid upsetting people, Disney opted not to attempt to edit out the towers, mostly because it would ruin the film's original main title card and because it would be too time-consuming and costly to do. By 2001, Oliver & Company had already been widely distributed on VHS, so there was no point in editing it. Many New Yorkers later commended Disney not altering the film because they felt it was a good portrayal of the way New York used to be before 9/11, and they wanted it left as it was with the towers visible. See more »

Goofs

During the chase scene, the tracks are electric and the Dobermans die from falling onto them. In reality, the trains in New York are powered by an electric third rail, not electric tracks. See more »

Quotes

Sykes: So, Fagin. Did we bring something green and wrinkly to make Sykes happy?
Fagin: Sykes, I have an airtight kitty - plan. Plan! It's sweet and simple, the plan... Let me start over again.
Sykes: Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.
Fagin: I got this kitty, see...
Sykes: What am I going to do with you, Fagin?
Fagin: Please, Sykes...
Sykes: If you don't have my money...
[he snaps his fingers and the Dobermans jump at Fagin; Dodger intercepts them and they fight]
Fagin: No, no, Sykes! Please, stop! Your money's coming tonight! It's coming tonight! It's from a ...
[...]
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Connections

Version of Le théâtre de la jeunesse: Oliver Twist (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

I Could Have Danced All Night
(uncredited)
Music by Frederick Loewe
Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Performed by Cheech Marin
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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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