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Oliver & Company (1988) Poster

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When Oliver wakes up after sleeping on the truck tire, he sees people crossing past the alley where he's slept. One of those people is Roger from 101 Dalmatians (1961) (look for the guy with the brown hair, blue shirt, and blue pants).
The song "Why Should I Worry?" was later used as the theme song of a Disney TV series starring Joseph Lawrence, who voiced Oliver in this film.
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Animators shot photos of New York streets as reference, using cameras set eighteen inches off the ground to get a dog's point of view.
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Early in the film's development it was decided that it would be a sequel to The Rescuers (1977). The producers then decided that the story wasn't convincing and started from scratch. The only things left are the New York setting and a few similarities between Jenny and Penny.
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Patrick Stewart was considered for the role of Francis.
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Like many pre-1989 Disney Films, the video release of "Oliver & Company" was delayed for years. Despite this film being released in 1988 and being a commercial success, it was not released on video until 1996.
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Dom DeLuise had already had roles in several other animated films by this point, but this was the only time he got the chance to voice a character in a Disney film. He loved the role so much, he kept ad-libbing lines that ended up being included in the film.
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Whitney Houston was considered for the role of Rita.
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Steve Martin and Burt Reynolds were both considered for the role of Dodger.
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Features the first Disney song written by Howard Ashman ("Once Upon a Time in New York City").
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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.
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The first Disney film to have its own department set up expressly for the purpose of generating computer animation.
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The man Fagin tries to pawn his watch to is a caricature of Peter Schneider, then vice-president of Disney animation.
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Marlon Brando was offered the role of Sykes by the head of the Walt Disney Company Michael Eisner himself. Brando, however, turned it down, fearing the movie would bomb.
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Animator Mark Flood said that this film and The Lion King (1994) are his favorite Disney movies.
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The first full animated Disney "musical" (three or more songs in film, not main titles) since The Fox and the Hound (1981).
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Many of the inanimate objects in the film were created and animated on the computer: cars, cabs, buses, Sykes' limousine, Fagin's trike (part-scooter and part-shopping cart), a cement-mixer, a sewer pipe, a spiral staircase, a piano, subway tunnels and trains, cityscapes, and even the Brooklyn Bridge.
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During "Why Should I Worry", Pongo from 101 Dalmatians (1961) can be seen walking past wearing his noticeable red collar.
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The dogs' dances were based on the choreography of Bob Fosse.
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Animator Peter Young, who also worked on the story, was slated to co-direct with George Scribner, but died at the young age of 37 just before production began.
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Richard Rich worked on the film as co-director before being fired during production by Peter Schneider. Schneider claims Rich was belligerent towards him.
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The first animated Disney film to be dubbed in Quebec.
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