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

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Oliver (voice)
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Tito (voice)
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Einstein (voice)
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Rita (voice)
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Fagin (voice)
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Roscoe (voice)
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Desoto (voice)
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Sykes (voice)
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Winston (voice)
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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)  »

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$73,450,885 (USA)
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The last animated Disney Classic to use line overlay, also called cel overlay, a technique used to make the backgrounds match the lines of the xeroxed objects in the film. See more »

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When Dodger pulls the hot dogs underneath the table in the "Why Should I Worry" song, his lips don't move to match the lyrics and there is no muffling to represent the hot dogs in his mouth. See more »

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Dodger: You're all right, kid, for a cat. We'll keep a spot open in the gang for ya. Vice president, uptown chapter.
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Version of Oliver Twist (1955) See more »

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Once Upon a Time in New York City
Music by Barry Mann
Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Produced by Stewart Levine
Performed by Huey Lewis
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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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