Oliver and Company (1988)

 Oliver&company“This city’s got a beat, and you gotta hook into it. And once you get the beat, you can do anything.” – Dodger

Number of Times Seen – 1  (25 Apr 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A young cat gets lost in New York city and meets a band of dogs who work for the criminal Fagin. Loosely based on the story of Oliver Twist.

My Take on it – The story of Oliver Twist using dogs and cats???  Not necessarily a premise I would try to promote.

This isn’t one of Disney’s best movies in any way, shape or form.

I understand what they tried to do here, but mostly it just falls flat.

There is one bright spot here and it’s the music.  The songs are performed by Billy Joel, Bette Midler and Huey Lewis which gives it an 80’s vibe.  I especially like Why Should I Worry? and Once Upon a Time in New York City.

I also like that Billy Joel even does the voice work of the main dog; Dodger.

Additional voice work by Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan, Dom DeLuise, Robert Loggia, Joey Lawrence and Bette Midler.

Little did anyone at Disney (or the world) realize that everything would turn around 1 year later when The Little Mermaid  (1989) came out.

Bottom Line – Not Disney’s best story, but the music is still done well.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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