A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
This rag-tag bunch of dogs represents all corners of New York City's diverse neighborhoods. But some of the one-liners, particularly from Tito can seem stereotyped, though not necessarily offensive.
Positive Role Models
The dogs take care of each other.
Violence & Scariness
Youngest viewers might be frightened by some of the threats that Mr. Sykes puts forth. He's even shown loading an automatic weapon with a cartridge of ammunition. A young girl is kidnapped.
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Products & Purchases
Some signs in the city backdrop look like recognizable brands, but nothing is discernable. Georgette is very pampered. Jenny is a privileged child, but her parents are never home to care for her.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Mr. Sykes smokes a cigar. The smoke wafts about, surrounding him in a yellow haze.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some scary moments, but kids will appreciate the way that Oliver takes care of himself and the way that the dogs take care of him, each other, and their human friend, the hapless Fagin. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While not up there with the Disney classics, OLIVER AND COMPANY has some real pleasures. Most memorable is Dodger's "Why Should I Worry" musical number (written and sung by Billy Joel) with Dodger leaping and dancing through Manhattan traffic.
There are also some scary moments, but kids will appreciate the way that Oliver takes care of himself, and the way that the dogs take care of him, of each other, and of their human friend, the hapless Fagin (Dom DeLuise).
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