Oliver & Company
What parents need to know
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.
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 real pleasures, especially 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).
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how this animated story compares to the Dickens classic about Oliver Twist.
|Theatrical release date:||November 18, 1988|
|DVD release date:||February 3, 2009|
|Cast:||Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Joey Lawrence|
|Studio:||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Genre:||Family and Kids|
|Topics:||Friendship, Music and sing-along|
|Run time:||74 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||some mild violence and characters in peril|