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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.

Director:

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 ... 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

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The first Disney movie with attitude.


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G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Patrick Stewart was considered to voice Francis, but he was busy acting as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). The role of Francis ultimately went to Roscoe Lee Browne. Stewart would eventually voice Mr. Woolenworth in Chicken Little (2005). See more »

Goofs

ice cream isn't particularly good for cats. Also, Jenny feeds Cocoa Krispies to Oliver in one scene. Chocolate is even more toxic to cats than it is to dogs, and even more chocolate to kittens than it is to full grown cats. When Fagin's dogs go to Jenny's house to find Oliver, Winston eats Georgette's chocolate, which is poisonous to dogs. See more »

Quotes

Tito: hey beat it guys my lady and i got to talk in privite.
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Alternate Versions

Both theatrical releases and the 1996 home media releases contained the last 11 seconds of the film's end credits music playing over the closing Walt Disney Pictures logo, but further releases from the 2002 VHS and DVD releases onward remove those last seconds of the end credits music from the closing Walt Disney Pictures logo. 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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The rhythm of the city...
19 April 2012 | by jimjo1216See all my reviews

This movie has an unmistakable 1980s vibe that gives it a certain charm. Viewers familiar with "Oliver Twist" will find it interesting how Dickens's story is adapted around dogs and their owners in modern-day New York City.

Billy Joel impresses as the voice of Dodger, a mutt with New York attitude. He's joined in the cast by Cheech Marin, Bette Midler, and Dom DeLuise (as a derelict Fagin).

The best character, in my mind, is the city itself. This is definitely a New York City movie, tapping into the city's personality and capturing many of the landmarks in the animation.

The movie has a visual aesthetic that is not quite like the style of other Disney films, which is kind of cool. There's some great character animation, such as with the imposing villain Sykes (Robert Loggia). CGI framework is used effectively throughout the film to animate cars and things.

OLIVER & COMPANY is definitely a product of its time: the late 1980s. The movie is dated by the clothing worn by the humans, the models of the cars, the music (smooth and synthesizery, with the main title song sung by Huey Lewis), the gritty urban look, and even the character designs (see the hot dog vendor or the hairspray-loving canine Rita).

In a superficial way, OLIVER & COMPANY reminds me of THE RESCUERS. Both have a unique aesthetic "feel" that strays from the classic Disney style and seems to capture the sensibilities of the times. OLIVER is as quintessentially 1988 as THE RESCUERS is 1977. (Both films also portray contemporary New York City, involve animals helping a cute little girl, and explore some dark and emotional territory.) OLIVER & COMPANY is dated, but gloriously so.

The next animated film released by Disney would be THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989), which launched the company's 1990s renaissance of timeless masterpieces, shaped by Alan Menken's Broadway-influenced musical direction. It's interesting to see the quaint, contemporary style of OLIVER, knowing that Disney would soon go off in a different direction.

With no nostalgic ties to this film, I can say that it's a decent flick, although it wouldn't crack even my top 20 Disney movies. Love the NYC stuff. Joel's "Why Should I Worry?" is a musical highlight. The story has a surprising emotional impact and the climax is both dark and exciting.


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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

Gross USA:

$74,151,346

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,151,346
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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