September 10, 2006

Animated Manhattan: Oliver & Company

Part 12 in an ongoing series looking at New York City in animation.

Oliver and CompanyIn 1988, Walt Disney put out its first movie musical in 11 years, called Oliver & Company. Based on Charles Dickens’ book Oliver Twist, it told the story of an orphan kitten’s adventures in New York City.

It begins with dawn breaking over New York City, and I quite like the way the sun lights up the tallest skyscrapers before spreading out across the island:

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Oliver was left in a cardboard box for anyone to take, but nobody wanted him. So he wandered the streets of New York and eventually made friends with a dog named Dodger.

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Dodger is a pickpocket who works for a crook named Fagin, and they take Oliver under their wing. Eventually Oliver is found by a girl who lives in a fancy mansion on Fifth Avenue, and she takes him home. When Fagin’s boss hears about this, he has the girl and Oliver both kidnapped, but a rescue ensues and everyone ends up safe in the end. (Oh, crap. I forgot to say “Spoiler Alert.”)

Here are some more scenes of New York City from Oliver and Company:

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It’s not a great movie by any means. But I do like the movie’s depiction of New York. The scenes in the park — and just around town — do a good job of capturing the general feel of the neighborhoods, even when they don’t depict actual locations.

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
BCDb Rating: 5/10
My Rating: 7.5/10

(My rating is for the movie’s depiction of NYC only)

Comments

I do not agree with your comment about “Oliver & Company,” when you say-and I quote-“It’s not a great movie by any means.”

Without this film, Disney as we know it today wouldn’t exist.

why did u say its not a great movie by any meaning thats one of my favorite disney movies! Dodger is my favorite

why did u say its not a great movie by any meaning. because its one of my favorite disney movie! Dodgers my favorite.