Oliver & Company

Walt Disney Feature Animation and Silver Screen Partners II Released 1988


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George Scribner

Oliver & Company is a re-telling of Charles Dickens' classic story of Oliver Twist which introduces a colorful animated cast of animal and human characters along with five original songs. Set in modern day New York City, the film follows the adventures of Oliver, an orphaned orange kitten in search of a home. While trying to obtain sausages from a hot dog vendor named Louie, he's noticed by Dodger, a smooth-talking, street-smart mutt who says they should team up to get the sausages. After they succeed, Dodger takes leave with the sausages, abandoning Oliver. The determined kitten follows Dodger all throughout New York until he finds the barge where Dodger lives along the fiery chihuahua Tito, the pompous Bulldog Francis, the dim-witted (and ironically named) Great Dane Einstein, and the dashing Saluki Rita. Their master Fagin arrives with the terrifying news that he's in trouble because Sykes, a vicious loan-shark who once lent him money, is coming. Sykes says he has exactly three days to pay the money owed. The dogs and Oliver set out to find a way to steal some money, and they encounter a limousine driven by a butler, Winston, who's there to take care of Jenny while her parents are away. While Francis creates a diversion, Tito and Oliver try to steal the car's radio and dashboard, but Oliver slips on the ignition keys and Tito gets "barbequed". Jenny adopts Oliver, but her family's pompous poodle Georgette, is enraged and jealous of Oliver's presence. The dogs manage to steal Oliver back, but he's not satisfied as he finally found the home he wanted. Then Fagin comes in and suddenly decides to random the cat to the supposedly "very rich cat owner person". Little does he know that said person is just a little girl with only a piggy bank. When they meet, Fagin lets her have him back by pretending to have found him in a dumpster, but Sykes kidnaps Jenny in order to ransom her for the money. The dogs team up with Oliver to save Jenny and it results in an epic chase through the subway, which ends with Sykes getting hit by an oncoming train. Later the next day, the animals, Fagin, and Winston all celebrate Jenny's birthday and it turns out her parents are coming home the next day. In the end, Oliver stays with Jenny but Dodger promises him a spot in the gang.


Metacritic Score

  • 88

    The Associated Press Bob Thomas

    Oliver and Company is the most fully realized animated film from the Disney Co. since 101 Dalmatians. It is inspired entertainment in all departments: characters, animation, comedy...

  • 75

    San Francisco Chronicle Peter Stack

    The film offers a fanciful, lush urban setting, unusual for Disney animated features, and a couple of good songs, Once Upon a Time in New York City performed by Huey Lewis and Perf...

  • 63

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    The musical voices belong to Billy Joel and Bette Midler, respectively, but this material is far afield of their best work. As a result, a Chihuahua (voice by Cheech Marin) steals ...

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Family Dramas, Musicals, los angeles california