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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 & 1 nomination. 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The first Disney movie with attitude.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Georgette is singing her song there's a picture of Professor Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective (1986) among the framed pictures behind her. See more »

Goofs

When Georgette dips her paw into some mascara and applies it to her left eye, her right eye already has mascara on it despite the fact that her left eye is the first one she applies it to. See more »

Quotes

Francis: [to Roscoe] Isn't it rather dangerous to use ones entire vocabulary in a single sentence?
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Alternate Versions

The original 1988 theatrical release used the original 1985 Walt Disney Pictures logo while further releases from the 1996 theatrical releases onward use the 1990 variant of the logo. See more »

Connections

Featured in MsMojo: Top 10 Underrated Male Disney Characters (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Why Should I Worry? (reprise)
Music and Lyrics by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight
Produced by Phil Ramone
Performed by Billy Joel, Ruth Pointer, Roscoe Lee Browne, Cheech Marin, and Richard Mulligan
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A delightful and underrated Disney classic
8 March 2012 | by lpdreamweaver94See all my reviews

Truth be told, Oliver & Company isn't one of Walt Disney Studio's most compelling titles, but it's still plenty of fun. It has a wonderful soundtrack featuring great talents such as Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Huey Lewis, and Ruth Pointer. All of the musical numbers in the film are well-staged, nicely animated, and have fun tunes to carry them along. "Why Should I Worry?", Billy Joel's song and the film's show-stopper of sorts, is the most popular. While I like that song a lot, my personal favorites are "Once Upon a Time in New York City", the opening song sung by Huey Lewis, and "Perfect Isn't Easy", Bette Milder's song to go along with the character she voices: Georgette, a spoiled poodle.

The story itself isn't quite as strong as it could've been (which is why I award the movie an eight as opposed to a nine or a ten), but it still offers a lot of sweet, charming, heart-filled, and suspenseful moments. The characters also aren't *all* the way there, but they're still good as they are, and their voice actors do their jobs well. Each character has traits that make them appealing, even if they aren't the strongest characters in the Disney canon.

I'll end by saying that Oliver & Company is a very enjoyable Disney feature. Children will certainly be entertained by it, especially if they love cats, dogs, and fun musical numbers. Adults can enjoy it too if they appreciate the worlds of animation and Disney enough. Because of the film's level of fun and charm, I give it an eight. If the story and characters had been even better, I would've given it a nine or a ten.


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Official Sites:

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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