Oliver and Company Movie Review
I have previously made a list of the 5 Worst Disney’s 55 Animate Films, on which this movie landed at 51. After re-watching the movie, I’ve decided that I was too harsh about Oliver and Company. It should fall at 50. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the movie was awful, just not up to Disney’s usual standards. I will detail why, and I’m sure many of you will disagree. Please feel free to comment about what I got wrong.
The story starts off showing New York City, and the camera zooms in on a box on the sidewalk. The box happens to be full of kittens, which one by one are taken home by families. They all get picked, until just one is left. That one, as you can guess, is Oliver. He is left in the box until night, when it begins to rain. Oliver is swept out of the box with the current of water. All of this happens in a short period during the song “Once Upon a Time in New York City.” All I can say about the song is that it wasn’t terrible.
Oliver doesn’t give up. He chases Dodger all the way back to his (and several other dogs’) home. The dogs give him a small portion of the sausages for helping get them, but they are interrupted by the man who owns the shack that they are in. They find out that the man is being followed by another, very rich, man named Sykes. The shack owner goes outside, and Sykes demands money that the other man owes him and gives him three days to get it back.
I won’t give away the rest of the movie, since Oliver and Company is worth watching. However, worth watching is the best I can say about it. It has an interesting but horribly pulled-off story, forgettable characters, and a song by Bette Midler that will make you instantly wish for death. My main problem with it is how good it could have been. Since the movie is based on Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist, it could have been fantastic. Nevertheless, Disney managed to make it into one of their worst movies.