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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 Joey Lawrence, who voiced Oliver in this film.
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.
Like many pre-1989 Disney Films, the video release of Oliver & Company (1988) was delayed for years. Despite this film being released in 1988 and being a commercial success, it was not released on video until 1996.
Dom DeLuise had already had roles in several other animated films by this point, namely those by Don Bluth, 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. He even chose to be in Oliver & Company (1988) over Bluth's The Land Before Time (1988) which premiered on the same day.
Whitney Houston was considered for the role of Rita.
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.
Patrick Stewart was considered for the role of Francis. He would eventually voice Mr. Woolenworth in Chicken Little (2005)
The first Disney film to have its own department set up expressly for the purpose of generating computer animation.
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.
HIDDEN MICKEY: Along with the other watches that Fagin has, he also wears a Mickey Mouse watch.
Features the first Disney song written by Howard Ashman ("Once Upon a Time in New York City").
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.
The dogs' dances were based on the choreography of Bob Fosse.
The man Fagin tries to pawn his Mickey Mouse watch to is a caricature of Peter Schneider, then vice-president of Disney animation.
The first animated Disney film to be dubbed in Quebec.
Dodger's appearance was inspired by Billy Joel's.
Steve Martin and Burt Reynolds were both considered for the role of Dodger.
The first full animated Disney "musical" (at least three songs in film, excluding main titles) since The Fox and the Hound (1981).
Animator Peter Young, who also worked on the story, was slated to co-direct with George Scribner, but died at the young age of thirty-seven just before production began.
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Animator Mark Flood said that this film and The Lion King (1994) are his favorite Disney movies.
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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Pongo from 101 Dalmatians (1961) and Jock, Trusty and Peg Lady and the Tramp (1955) makes an appearance during "Why Should I Worry?".
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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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This film along with Aladdin (1992) are the Only Disney Animated Feature Films where Frank Welker doesn't just make Animal Noises. Welker in this film even voices Louie the Hotdog Vendor, and he would even fill in for voicing Dodger in one of the House of Mouse (2001) episodes.
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The film is based around the book "Oliver Twist", only set in New York during the 1980s (the Present Time of the Film's Release), centering around Non-Anthropomorphic Domesticated Pet Animals (eg. Cats and Dogs).
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