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Oliver & Company (1988)

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

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George Scribner

Writers:

Jim Cox (animation screenplay), Tim Disney (animation screenplay) (as Timothy J. Disney) | 20 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joey Lawrence ... Oliver (voice)
Billy Joel ... Dodger (voice)
Cheech Marin ... Tito (voice)
Richard Mulligan ... Einstein (voice)
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Francis (voice)
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Rita (voice)
Dom DeLuise ... Fagin (voice)
Taurean Blacque ... Roscoe (voice)
Carl Weintraub Carl Weintraub ... Desoto (voice)
Robert Loggia ... Sykes (voice)
Natalie Gregory ... Jenny (voice)
William Glover William Glover ... Winston (voice)
Bette Midler ... Georgette (voice)
Frank Welker ... Carlo / Louie the Sausage Vendor / Animal Sounds (voice)
Deborah Gates Deborah Gates ... Additional Voice (voice) (as Debbie 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The first Disney movie with attitude.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oliver and the Dodger See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,022,752, 20 November 1988, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$74,151,346
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

In the kitchen scene, Jenny is seen mixing chocolate chips into the food she gives Oliver a few seconds later. Had she actually given him chocolate, he'd of gotten very sick. Chocolate contains two ingredients that are toxic in large quantities to cats and dogs: a chemical called theobromide and caffeine. 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 Fagin (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

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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I absolutely love this movie!

Oliver and Company is probably the least appreciated Disney movie ever, and yet it is excellent. I have loved it since I was very very young. I had a giant poster from its original release, and I would sing along to "Why Should I Worry?" and "Streets of Gold" while jumping around on top of couches, pretending I was Dodger and Rita. That's how "into" the movie I was. And I wasn't alone. My friends memorized the soundtrack, too, and we would persistently sing the songs in school. I guess there is just something very appealing about dogs getting around the city by jumping around on top of cars! And when we ran the sprinklers, I would wash my feet in them like Dodger-singing, of course. Oliver and Company is really, really good. It has superb voice talent and animation. Yeah, Tito's ear tear does switch from left to right at one point, but I would NEVER have noticed that...anyway, the story is not weak at all. It is unusual, granted, but then it's a weird twist on Oliver Twist. Most people love this movie. A few have bashed it for petty little reasons. Overall, there's nothing not to like. The music is outstanding. The character design is great. My favorites are Rita and Georgette. They're both very different but they're both very pretty. And they can sing, too. If you look at the backgrounds, at one point you can see dogs from other movies. During "Why Should I Worry?" there are Peg (she found a home!), Jock, and Trusty from Lady and the Tramp, and dalmatian who resembles Pongo. There are a lot of cute dogs in this movie who only appear for a second..like the two in the convertible during the WSIW reprise that Dodger and Tito gawk at until Rita pulls Dodge away. Sykes is one of the baddest bad guy ever-- He's got a scary car and scary dogs. This movie is funny, the chase scene exciting. Recommended.


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