Sunday, June 26, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Oliver & Company (1988)

Inspired by Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist". A homeless kitten named Oliver, roams the streets of New York, where he is taken in by a gang of homeless mutts who survive by stealing from others. During one of these criminal acts, Oliver meets a wealthy young girl named Jenny Foxworth. This meeting will forever change his life. [imdb]
Ahh the 80's.  If you pick one film to represent a 1980's Disney movie, Oliver & Company would be the one to pick.  With a soundtrack by Huey Lewis and Billy Joel (who also voices a major character), this movie keeps with the normal trend of transforming a classic story to a fun, whimsical little animated film.

The movie follows a little orphaned kitten (Oliver) in a modern-day (for the 80's) New York City, where he teams up with a gang of ruffians (dogs) and their master, a scroungey thief named Fagin who owes the film's antagonist a ton of money.  Honestly, I think Fagin was the best and most enjoyable character in the movie, which is saying a lot considering they were all great.  Anyways, in a heist gone wrong, Oliver ends up separated from his new friends and in the arms of a wealthy little girl.  The gang of dogs decide to "rescue" their new friend, leading to kidnapping and danger.

Despite my general issue with many of the films of the late 1980's (and their inherent 80's-ness), I really love this movie more and more with every viewing.  For the time, I don't think they could have done this one any better.