Oliver & Company

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Oliver & Company
Oliver poster.jpg
Genre: Animated musical comedy-drama
Running Time: 73 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: November 18, 1988 (original), March 29, 1996 (re-release)
Directed by: George Scribner
Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
Starring: Joey Lawrence
Billy Joel
Natalie Gregory
Cheech Marin
Bette Midler
Robert Loggia
Richard Mulligan
Roscoe Lee Browne
Sheryl Lee Ralph

Oliver & Company is a 1988 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released on November 18, 1988, by Walt Disney Pictures. The 27th Disney animated feature film, the film is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, which has been adapted many other times for the screen. The film stars Joey Lawrence in the titular role and Billy Joel as Dodger.

Why It Rocks

  1. Disney has a unique turn to the original novel. What they did is something that no one else had done before, by making it very modernly American.
  2. The hand-drawn animation has great quality and effort put into it. The computer animation is also a nice addition.
  3. Instantly lovable songs, with legends such as Billy Joel, Ruth Pointer and Huey Lewis being part of the soundtrack.
  4. The character of Dodger stays loyal to the original Artful Dodger.
  5. Unlike the original novel, this film focuses more on Oliver and Dodger's building friendship.
  6. Tito (the Chihuahua) is a very funny character; he was voiced by Cheech Marin who would later voice Banzai in The Lion King.
  7. The beginning of the movie shows how animal cruelty is a true thing and not okay (something PETA fails to do).
  8. Bill Sykes's death was very amazing.
  9. The well-deserved "Fluffy Oliver" meme.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some scenes, particularly the subway chase, can be intense for younger viewers.
  2. Georgette (the poodle) is a jerk when we first meet her.
  3. It isn't as faithful and heartwarming to the original novel as other Oliver Twist adaptations.


  • Oliver & Company was released on VHS in September 1996, released on DVD in May 2002 and again in February 2009, and then Blu-ray in August 2013.