Oliver & Company
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This animated musical retells Dickens's Oliver Twist amongst animals in New York City, with Oliver as an innocent kitten who joins a gang of law-breaking dogs. When Oliver is adopted by a wealthy young woman, the gang's evil human owner hatches a kidnapping scheme to tap into the girl's fortune. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The animation is fairly unexciting though serviceable, and the overall mystification of class difference would probably have made Dickens shudder, but kids should find this tolerable enough."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The film offers a fanciful, lush urban setting, unusual for Disney animated features, and a couple of good songs."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Suffers from a rote storyline and flat animation."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The computer-assisted animation is relatively stiff and inexpressive."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The last gasp of Disney Animation's post-Walt malaise before the 1990s Disney renaissance … retains Dickens's seamy milieu, but not his morality-play tableau."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Even as a cartoon poodle, Bette Midler stops the show."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Despite three screenwriters and 13 names credited for the story, the script quickly sinks into a predictable 'girl-meets-pet, girl-loses-pet, girl-and -pet-reunite' sap-trap."
‑ Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today
"Can't compete with Disney classics, but still fun."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Lacks the classic Disney charm that works for adults as well as kids"
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Far from classic but it is interesting to watch for its take on the pre-Disnified New York landscape following the company's real estate foray into the iconic downtown core."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Much cornball adventure ensues, punctuated by healthy helpings of singing, dancing and general merriment."
‑ , Time Out
"Take the kids. Have fun."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Quite insipid and wretchedly unengaging."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"The general quality of the animation and script would disappoint more sophisticated viewers."
‑ , Film4
"The animation is clumsy, the songs are forgettable, the attempts at late-80s relevance now come across as dated and slightly embarrassing."
‑ David Cornelius, DVDTalk.com
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