Oliver & Company

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

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 14 reviews

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
Language
Consumerism

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
Parent of a 3 year old Written bywonderwoman September 5, 2010
My son is 3.5 years and I thought it would be okay for him, but he was quite scared in parts. The dobermans with the big teeth were scary and the chase scene at... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bySynchronicity March 6, 2011

The most underrated Disney film of all time - and one of their absolute best

I've loved Disney films since I was born. No, really. I was born in '93, and the first film I saw in a theater was The Lion King. I think of all the f... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 14, 2010

A Cool Movie, Darn You Rotten Tomatoes, you jerk, backstabbing murderer, and rat!

This is a fun film. It has unbforgettable songs. It's a cool movie. I recommeded it.

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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