Oliver & Company

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Oliver & Company
Oliver poster.jpg
When Charles Dickens' classic tale gets a modern-day upgrade.
Genre: Animated musical comedy-drama
Starring: Joey Lawrence
Billy Joel
Natalie Gregory
Cheech Marin
Bette Midler
Robert Loggia
Richard Mulligan
Roscoe Lee Browne
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Release Date: November 18, 1988 (original), March 29, 1996 (re-release)
Country: United States


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 and using animated, anthropomorphic animals to tell the story.
  2. The animation has great quality and effort put into it, with beautiful backgrounds and colors.
  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. Especially funny is when he says "Hey man, if this is torture, chain me to the wall!"
  7. The beginning of the movie shows how animal cruelty is a true thing and not OK.
  8. Bill Sykes's death can be so much fun to watch.
  9. The well-deserved "Fluffy Oliver" meme.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some scenes, particularly the subway chase, can be intense for younger viewers.
  2. It isn't as faithful to the original novel as the 1968 Oliver Twist adaptation.
  3. The movie is unfortunately a bit dated in that it shows a glimpse of the Twin Towers at the beginning and end, as well as one other scene about 27 minutes in. If only 9/11 hadn't happened, it'd still be "Once upon a time" in New York City.
  4. Some product placement like Coca-Cola.
  5. Georgette can be a very unlikable character, especially when she acts mean to Oliver.

Trivia

Cover of the first DVD release
  • 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.
  • This was the third Disney animated movie, following The Black Cauldron and The Great Mouse Detective, to use computer animation, and the first to use it extensively. A total of 11 minutes of the movie used computer animation.