Oliver & Company: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray/ DVD Combo Pack)
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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of a Disney classic with the stunning Blu-ray debut of Oliver And Company, featuring perfect picture and sound. Relive this charming animated adventure, packed with excitement, fun and unforgettable songs by Billy Joel, Bette Midler and Huey Lewis. In the heart of New York City, Oliver, a mischievous orphaned kitten, is befriended by Dodger, a carefree pooch and his ragtag family of misfit mutts. Life gets even better for Oliver when he is adopted by a lonely little girl named Jenny. But when tough guy Sykes and his Doberman sidekicks try to keep Jenny and Oliver apart, the spirited kitten and his newfound friends discover the meaning of courage and find a home where they truly belong.
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This movie came to mind and I was reminded of how much I truly loved it, despite it not being the strongest of the Disney films that came out. The story is not as strong as say "The Little Mermaid," or even the "The Lion King," but Oliver and Company truly shines in its storytelling and grows better with age. However, introducing this movie to say a child would be quite different given that this movie is pretty dated. It is a 80s film, and in that aspect there are tons of things within it that may not be understandable to a child. However, it's truly a capsule in time about how the 80s and entry to the 90s was. Also, this movie has some remnants of other films within it, such as "The Brave Little Toaster." It bears similarity to the same overall feel, and was pre-renaissance for Disney. So it's truly interesting to see what was considered a flick back then.
The story is something most of us know if we're long-time fans, however... It takes place in 80s New York, where a cat who is unnamed until the middle of the film is sold along with other kittens. No one claims the kitten, so the cat wanders only to find how harsh life truly is in the city. The cat meets Dodger, a sly and witty dog who knows the city well. The cat follows Dodger back to his home, after being tricked, only to accompany new friends and companions, and also a future home. Oliver is conflicted with his own set of issues, where he realizes what he's been searching for is a home, and is torn two ways. It's an emotional story about "home," family, and companionship.
I truly love the songs, as they are classic reminders of Disney prose. However, the story is lacking in some parts. There are so many questions, and sometimes it feels rushed. But Oliver and Company is a great film that ages well, despite its dated story. I highly recommend anyone purchase this if you're a Disney fan seeking to complete your collection, or to relive the movie for the first time on DVD.
As for the movie itself, it isn't quite a Disney classic but more of a Disney cult-classic. It isn't very well known or advertised these days but it is still an enjoyable movie about Oliver the cat and the gang of dogs he meets who become his friends. It is an 80s twist to Charles Dicken's "Oliver Twist" but with a Disney-esque ending.
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