Oliver and Company
More About Oliver and Company
Disney brings Charles Dickens' tale of orphaned pickpockets in the streets of London to the screen with a colorful cast of canine characters. Oliver (voiced by Joey Lawrence) is an orphaned kitten lost in Manhattan until he meets up with the Dodger, a crafty dog with a gang that leads Oliver on a series of colorful adventures. Featuring songs by Billy Joel and Bette Midler.
Main Cast & Crew
George Scribner - Director
Roscoe Lee Browne
Sheryl Lee Ralph
This animated Disney film, loosely based on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist," revolves around a cute orphaned kitten named Oliver, who is given shelter by a streetwise gang of dogs. A human beggar named Fagin does his best to provide for these homeless (and tuneful) animals. But Fagin has a problem: he owes the wicked loan shark Sykes a lot of dough, and has only three days in which to cough it up. Oliver and the pooches take it upon themselves to help Fagin out of the doghouse. Meanwhile, Oliver is adopted by a lonely (and rich) girl named Jenny -- who Sykes later kidnaps. Can Oliver and his canine cohorts find a way to save both Fagin and Jenny?
Theatrical release: November 18, 1988. Rereleased March 29, 1996. OLIVER AND COMPANY is the 27th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures. During its initial theatrical release in 1988, "Oliver and Company" grossed $53.3 million domestically. The film was re-released theatrically in the USA in 1996, and grossed an additional $18.5 million. "Oliver & Company" was the first Disney film to use computer animation. Color by DeLuxe; prints by Metrocolor. Additional cast: Carl Weintraub (voice of Desoto) and William Glover (voice of Winston). Additional credits: Jim Mitchell, Chris Bailey and Leon Joosen (story); Samuel Graham and Chris Hubbell (additional story material); Ron Rocha, Rocky Pedilla, Michael Eckhart and Jon St. James (song composers); Doug Krohn (supervising animator); Dan Hansen (art direction); Chris B. Bushman (special optical printing). "Perfect Isn't Easy" performed by Bette Midler. "Why Should I Worry" performed by Billy Joel.
"...Visuals and sound combine to vividly capture the Big Apple crunch from a feline's-eye view..." - 03/29/1996 USA Today, p.4D
"...A bright, upbeat comedy that should appeal to audiences of all ages....Scribner keeps the pace rapid and the camerawork unusually fluid for an animated feature..." - 11/18/1988 Los Angeles Times, p.C1