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Oliver & Company (Special Edition) (1988)

Joseph Lawrence , Billy Joel , Charles A. Nichols , Clyde Geronimi  |  G |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan, Roscoe Lee Browne
  • Directors: Charles A. Nichols, Clyde Geronimi, George Scribner
  • Writers: Alex Mann, Charles Dickens, Chris Bailey, Chris Hubbell, Danny Mann
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2002
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000640VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Oliver & Company (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-New, Digitally Restored and Remastered Transfer
  • The Making of Oliver & Company featurette
  • Return of a Classic: The 1996 Theatrical Re-release Featurette
  • Disney's Animated Animals Featurette
  • Concept Art Scrapbook
  • 2 Sing-Along Songs
  • Puss Cafe animated short (1950)
  • Lend a Paw Oscar-winning animated short (1941)
  • Weblinks

Editorial Reviews

A timeless classic inspired by Charles Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist," OLIVER & COMPANY is a fun-filled, action-packed musical adventure voiced and sung by one of the most talented casts in Disney history! And now you can own this Disney masterpiece on DVD! The film artfully blends lovable characters, cool songs, and action-packed adventure into a contemporary classic that's "charming, funny, musical, and thrilling!" (ABC-TV) Disney's hip, high-energy tale begins in the concrete canyons of New York City, where Oliver, an adorable orphaned kitten, is befriended by Dodger, a carefree mutt with a certain street savoir faire. The mischievous little cat is welcomed by Dodger's pack of pickpocket pooches, including dim-witted Einstein, ravishing Rita, and live-wire Tito. This ragtag family of misfits runs into trouble when the evil mastermind Sykes -- aided by his two daunting dobermans -- schemes to kidnap the lonely little rich girl who just adopted Oliver! It's up to the brave kitten and his newfound friends to race to the rescue in an electrifying chase through the city's subway system. Boasting five outstanding original songs and the musical talents of Billy Joel, Bette Midler, and Huey Lewis -- and overflowing with brilliant animation, OLIVER & COMPANY is a modern masterpiece.

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Disney classic gets the DVD treatment October 12, 2005
Format:DVD
During the 80's, the studio hit an artistic, creative, and commercial slump. However, I still find that I quite enjoy Disney's 80's films, many of which experimented with computer animation, non-musical storylines, and different source materials. One of my favorite pre-Little Mermaid 80's Disney films is Oliver and Company. Boasting a soundtrack filled with great songs and a wonderful cast of characters, Oliver and Company finally gets the DVD treatment, albeit a less-than-stellar one.

For one, the transfer is good, but it could be much better and it has a fair amount of grain.

The bonus features could have been much better as well. A few fluff EPK-type featurettes, which are nice, but still fluffy, are sadly enough the meat of the bonuses. Also included, fortunately, are the original trailer, original TV spot, and the 1995 re-release trailer. Two sing-alongs are included as well as two classic Disney short cartoons.

Overall, it's nice to see Oliver and Company on DVD at last. This is probably the best DVD edition Disney will give it for at least a while, so if you're considering picking it up, go for it.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absotively, Posolutely Wonderful! July 5, 2001
Format:DVD
Poor, abandoned kitten Oliver is homeless on the streets of 1980s New York City, until he meets a streetwise dog named Dodger. The cool canine takes Oliver under his wing and, with the help of the rest of his all-dog pickpocket gang, begins to teach him how to survive on the wrong side of the law. But when one of their con jobs goes awry, Oliver ends up in the hands of a sweet, lonely, little rich girl named Jenny. Suddenly, Oliver is living the high-life in a Fifth Avenue penthouse, much to the chagrin of Jenny's prize-winning, pampered poodle, Georgette. When the old gang shows up to rescue Oliver from his ritzy new life, they're disappointed to find that he wants to stay with Jenny. Their human ringleader, Fagin, however, is more than happy to send Oliver home, if he can get a healthy ransom in the process. Fagin isn't really a bad guy, he's just one step above homeless and has a really nasty loan-shark breathing down his neck. Jenny shows up on the dark and dangerous docks to pay Oliver's ransom and rescue her little kitty, and her sadness is too much for Fagin to take, but loan-shark Sykes has no troubles from a conscience and sees a chance to make even more dirty money. He snatches up Jenny and plans to hold HER for ransom! Suddenly, Oliver, Dodger, Fagin and the gang find themselves on a desperate rescue mission to save Jenny from the ruthless Sykes and his bloodthirsty Doberman Pinschers, Roscoe and Desoto, and even Georgette is getting in on the heroic action!

There's no doubt about it, Disney's wonderfully charming classic "Oliver and Company" is one of the most dated animated films you'll ever see. Of course, that's a big part of its charm. What could be more "`80s" than 1980s New York City? How about the music of Billy Joel and Huey Lewis?
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once upon a time in New York City February 28, 2003
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Great disney movie! Great songs by Billy Joel, Huey Lewis and The News and others. Oliver, a homeless kitten, meets Dodger (voiced by Billy Joel) and his gang. Soon, Oliver is living on 5th Avenue living the life until he is "rescued" by Dodger and the others.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL DVD RELEASE! October 25, 2001
Format:DVD
This Disney release is a joy - especially considering the poor film-only DVD releases of late on Region 2 format.
Oliver and Company has been given a quality treatment and the DVD boasts the new technology with an animated menu and sound (not just a static picture). From the menu you can choose your various options including the well-endowed Bonus Features section.
The Bonus Features are fitting and plentiful including a lovely animated short (cartoon) called `Puss Café' from Disney's Golden Age. The 14 page extensive gallery with conceptual art, character development and layouts makes for good viewing and is a rare peak in to the wonderful making of the film progress which is also documented in an ample featurette.
In addition to these features Disney have also included a short featurette on the theatrical re-release of the film as well as a featurette on the animation of Disney animals throughout Disney history - a gem of a bonus on this disc.
In true Disney style, as on R1 DVD releases, the DVD also has two Sing Along features.
The presentation, detail and consideration that has gone in to this DVD release sets a high standard for the new wave of UK DVDs from Disney. The included documentaries feature interviews with Bette Midler and Billy Joel et al. and are padded with interesting information which fans will welcome.
This film is a historic one for Disney - just note the trial of CGI and rebirth of Disney magic under the omniscient eye of Roy Disney in his foundation attempts to regain dwindling love for the House of Mouse.
A winning feature with no flaws - and many paws.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If this is torture chain me to the wall May 21, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
So Happy this is finally coming out on Blu-Ray Disk. Oliver and Company is a fun take on the Dickens Classic. No it doesn't follow Dickens. It's just based on the idea. Great movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Banshee
Format:VHS Tape
Both in animation and graphic art, this movie looks very amateurish by today's standards, which offers such dazzling special effects (Just look at "Tarzan"...oooh!) Yet it shows its very obvious influence from the old Disneyesque style quite similar to "Fox and Hound" and a few other movies of the 1970s. Set in the contemporary New York City, a stray little kitten suddenly finds a new home with a whole group of stray dogs and their unkempt owner. But before Oliver can settle down, he suddenly winds up into the arms of an equally parentless little rich-girl waif who lives with her paunchy butler and a snooty prize-winning poodle in a big 5th Avenue house that offers a big, fluffy bed and sweet treats in a silver pet dish. No wonder Oliver is so disappointed when he gets kidnapped back into his old home by his doggy friends. So the down-to-luck old beggar uses innocent little Jenny's loss to deliver the kid straight into a gangster's big, brawny hands. Despite its mostly two-dimensional drawings, it is still a very jaunty action-filled fantasy adventure that will send you into a truly hair-raising climax at the very ending! Also a big milestone for Disney's very first installment of computer graphics into the animation (just check out Mr. Sikes' MONSTROUS limosuine...Whew!)
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Any Edits?
No edits that I noticed. The movie looked exactly the same as it did in theaters 20 years ago, cigar smoking villian and all... And Disney does not edit that much stuff. Little Mermaid wasn't edited... Grim or whatever his name is still smokes his pipe. 101 dalmatians still has cruella... Read More
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I believe that only the platinum editions are getting the bluray treatment for now... as far as the animated classics go. Sleeping Beauty was the first and now its pinnohchio.
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