A lost and alone kitten joins a gang of dogs engaged in petty larceny in New York.
Release Year: 1988
Rating: 6.5/10 (11,744 voted)
Stars: Joseph Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin
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.
Writers: Jim Cox, Tim Disney
(as Joey Lawrence)
Roscoe Lee Browne
Sheryl Lee Ralph
(as Debbie Gates)
The first Disney movie with attitude.
Release Date: 18 November 1988
Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA
Opening Weekend: $4,022,752
(20 November 1988)
Did You Know?
Steve Martin and Burt Reynolds were both considered for the role of Dodger.
Tito's bitten ear swaps sides when he is introducing himself to Georgette.
All right, you guys. If Mr. Sykes don't see some cold, hard cash, we are Doberman chow.
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.