Oliver & Company

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Can't compete with Disney classics, but still fun.
  • G
  • 1988
  • 74 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 23 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byleslier July 26, 2014

Simply horrible. I wish I hadn't purchased this movie

My daughter is 4. I read the reviews on this site and thought that the movie looked appropriate for her. I was wrong. This movie has a loan shark that threatens... Continue reading
Adult Written bys b February 26, 2017

Not for under 6!

As an early childhood educator and parent of a child under 5, I trusted the 4+ average parent rating. I've been using common sense media for about a year,... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRuff234 July 7, 2019

Disney Rip off not worth renting

This movie is very cheap for a Disney movie and not worth renting it is probably the most boring Disney movie I’ve ever encountered it seems like a rip off of... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDylanLeviiHiggiNobth May 19, 2014

'80s Disney classic can be really scary/sad sometimes.

This movie has emotional elements including a kitten who is alone in the earlier scenes and some scary sequences including two meanacing dogs and an intense/vio... Continue reading

What's the story?

Loosely based on Dickens' Oliver Twist, this animated Disney release is the story of an orphaned cat named Oliver who is befriended by vagabond dogs led by the dashing rapscallion, Dodger. Oliver is adopted by lonely rich girl Jenny, whose prize-winning poodle, Georgette (voiced by Bette Milder), has a world-class case of jealousy. First Oliver and then Jenny are kidnapped for ransom, but are saved from wicked Sikes by the clever animals.

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).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this animated story compares to the Dickens classic about Oliver Twist.

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