My family and I collect Disney movies, especially the Plantinum ones, so it was a no-brainer that my 10-year old wanted the 20th Anniversary Edition of Oliver and Company (even though neither one of us had ever seen it before).
Boy were we disappointed! The animation wasn't that great and the film felt very dated rather than timeless--especially with the inclusion of 80's era vehicles, Billy Joel music/beats, breakdancers on the sidewalk, etc.
But that's not the bad part, really. None of the characters were memorable--we are given no reason to care for any of them. There is a lot of cigar smoking, violence, threats and menace. Who wants that in a Disney movie? (Yes, I realize it's based loosely on Oliver Twist--hence, Fagin and company--but it's an awful adaptation.)
The plot was lame--The Aristocats portrays a similar theme with much more panache, heart, admirable voice acting, lovely animation, and FANTASTIC music. If you want to get an animated cat movie, get that one instead!
My son, who has lower standards than I do (chuckle) said he wanted to "sell it at a yardsale". He has never, EVER done that with an animated Disney movie--and after the first viewing!
Seriously, pass on Oliver and Company--especially with its high price. You're much better off getting something from the Platinum collection--Pinocchio, Cinderella, etc.--than this awful movie.
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Based on Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist," Disney'sOliver and Companywas one of the first animated features to incorporate computer images with traditional hand-drawn animation and features the music and voice talents of pop-music giants like Billy Joel, Huey Lewis, and Bette Midler. A traditional story set in the modern world,Oliver and Companyis the story of a stray kitten who wanders the streets of New York in search of a loving family. When Oliver encounters a street-wise dog named Dodger, the dog begins to teach him about life in the big city and takes him home to his family of street dogs and their master Fagan. Fagan and his dogs Dodger, Tito, Einstein, Francis, and Rita must often resort to thievery just to survive and during a particularly daring caper, Oliver gets separated from the other dogs and winds up meeting Jenny, a young rich girl with a big heart. As Oliver revels in Jenny's affection and begins to feel like part of her family, the dogs set out to rescue Oliver thinking he's been kidnapped. Eventually both Oliver and Jenny end up in grave danger and the only way Fagan and his dogs can save them is by doing what's right. As fresh on its 20th anniversary as it was when it premiered in 1988, this time-tested film appeals to children and adults of all ages. Bonus features include the Mickey Mouse and Pluto shorts "Lend a Paw" and "Puss Café" as well as a 5-1/2-minute making of featurette in which director George Scribner and animator Glen Kean describe ...