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Oliver & Company 1988

  • George Scribner
  • November 18, 1988
  • 74 mins
  • English
  • Animation, Comedy, Family
The first Disney movie with attitude.
This animated take on Oliver Twist re-imagines Oliver as an adorable orphaned kitten who struggles to survive in New York City and falls in with a band of canine criminals led by an evil human. First, Oliver meets Dodger, a carefree mutt with street savoir faire. But when Oliver meets wealthy Jenny on one of the gang's thieving missions, his life changes forever.


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Largely unremarkable, except for a few examples of early computer animation that lend some sweeping camera moves to the film, the best that can be said is that the entire film is watchable, yet equally forgettable. You would expect having a voice cast that included Bette Midler and Billy Joel, some of the songs might stand out, but they don't. Basing the story on Oliver Twist might seem like a good idea, but like the central character of that book, Oliver is largely reactive as a hero and doesn't really do anything. The cast of secondary characters are probably the best thing about the film and try to breathe a little life into the story, but the villain is weak. Apart from the aforementioned early steps into computer animation, the rest of the artwork is equally unmemorable. It's not Disney's worst animated film though and given it's short running time it doesn't outstay its welcome.

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Reminds me of when Alvin and the Chipmunks were a cartoon and not a 3D "creation".... Ah the 80's nostalgia. Can't say I'm the biggest fan of this film but I understand it had its place at the time.

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