Oliver & Company

November 18th, 1988


Oliver & Company

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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)

Director: George Scribner

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

Joseph Lawrence - Oliver (voice) (as Joey Lawrence)
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 - Winston (voice)
Bette Midler - Georgette (voice)
Frank Welker - Carlo / Animal Sounds (voice)
Deborah Gates - Additional Voice (voice) (as Debbie Gates)

Taglines: The first Disney movie with attitude.

Release Date: 18 November 1988

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $4,022,752 (USA) (20 November 1988) (952 Screens)

Gross: $73,450,885 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Steve Martin and Burt Reynolds were both considered for the role of Dodger.

Continuity: Tito's bitten ear swaps sides when he is introducing himself to Georgette.

Dodger: All right, you guys. If Mr. Sykes don't see some cold, hard cash, we are Doberman chow.

User Review

I absolutely love this movie!

Rating: 10/10

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. Recommended.


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