Review - Oliver & Company (1988)
Delorted - wrote on 01/19/08
Oliver (Joey Lawrence) was a lovable orphan kitten who found a home among stray dogs and their master Fagin (Dom DeLuise). When Fagin finds himself in debt and Oliver finds a new home, however, the dogs must find a way to save their master and presumably save their friend in “Oliver & Company.”
Let me start by saying this will be a rather bias review, as I’ve always hated this movie. I’m not sure why, but it’s always rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it’s Billy Joel (as Dodger), maybe it’s Bette Midler (as Georgette), I don’t know. I just can’t stand anything about it.
I suppose I still must find something good about the movie. I guess the acting is fine. I think the story could have been much better if they had stuck to the original story more. The music is fine, the animation is fine, and I can see how some could find it fun. I guess it’s just not my thing.
“Oliver & Company” is not the most Disney-esque film I can think of, but it feels more like Disney than, say, “Chicken Little.” I really can’t recommend it only because I don’t like it. I guess if you want to, you could give it a shot.
Final Score: 5.2/10