[[caption-width-right:300:[[SpoilerTitle He gets his name about two-thirds through]].]]

->''"Why should I worry?''\\
''Why should I care?''\\
''Yeah, I may not have a dime, but''\\
''I got street savoir-faire."''

Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon entry number 27 released in 1988, about [[Main/TalkingAnimal talking animals]], ''very'' loosely based on Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/OliverTwist''. The setting is UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, and Oliver is an unwanted ginger kitten who isn't even called Oliver yet. Fagin's gang is now made up of dogs, including a mongrel named Dodger (as in the ArtfulDodger). Fagin himself is human, and he's a good guy this time. In fact, he's just some poor schmoe trying to pay off LoanShark Mr. Sykes (based on Bill Sikes), the BigBad; here a sinister gangster/Mafia type. The part of Mr. Brownlow is taken by Jenny, a 7-year-old girl who adopts Oliver.

The film is somewhat notable for some early use of CGI (mostly to create New York's traffic), and for being the last film of Disney's pre-Renaissance era - it came out just one year before ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. It staffed many new artists who would rise to popularity with Disney's future releases. It's also important to note that the moderate success of this film brought back Disney's will to animate musicals, so you should thank it for songs like "[[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Under The Sea]]", "[[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Beauty And The Beast]]", "[[Disney/{{Aladdin}} A Whole New World]]", "[[Disney/TheLionKing Can You Feel the Love Tonight]]", [[Disney/{{Pocahontas}} and so on]], [[Disney/{{Tarzan}} and so forth]], [[Disney/{{Frozen}} etc.]], ''[[OverlyLongGag ad nauseam]]''.

Visit [[VideoGame/OliverAndCompany here]] for the VideoGame.

!!''Oliver & Company'' contains examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer:
** Gender reversed with Tito for Georgette... at first, anyway.
** Fagin (Creator/DomDeLuise) has one or two moments that are reminiscent of [[WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH Jeremy]].
* AgeLift: The characters ages don't quite match their human versions from the original story. While Oliver is still a child, Dodger has been aged up into an adult.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEkKZ5yY8sM "Oliver"]] by Chami Satonaka as its theme song.
* AnimalTalk: The animals can talk amongst each other.
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Though it's not outright stated what Georgette thinks Dodger's going to do to her when he breaks into her room, she is quite offended when he says he isn't after her.
-->'''Georgette:''' You're ''not''? Well, WHY not?! What's the problem, ''Spot?'' Not ''good enough'' for you?
* TheArtfulDodger: Being based on the original Artful Dodger himself, Dodger certainly counts. He's a very street-smart dog raised on the streets.
* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: As the picture on the Trope Page shows, NEVER feed ice cream to a cat. But then, plenty of children Jenny's age feed their pets human luxuries, unaware of the risks.
* AudibleGleam: Oliver's license, on his new collar.
* AxCrazy: Sykes. Not so much for wielding an ax to stop the gang from escaping his warehouse, but for the fact that he ''drives his car onto the subway tracks without regard for oncoming trains'' as he pursues the gang to kidnap Jenny once more.
* BadassAdorable: Each dog that's a major character probably qualifies as badass, with varying levels of "adorable". Oliver, on the other hand, is BadassAdorable with the emphasis on "adorable." The "badass" part comes from his occasional awesome moments.
-->'''Fagin:''' That reminds me, I saw [=DeSoto=]'s nose; who did that?\\
''[Dodger presents Oliver to Fagin]''\\
'''Fagin:''' You... you? ''[Laughs]'' That took a lot of guts! We have never had a cat in the gang before... we can use all the help we can get.
* BadassFingersnap: You ''really'' don't want to be in the same room with Sykes when he snaps his fingers, because chances are Roscoe and [=DeSoto=] are there and all too willing to tear you to shreds at their master's command.
* BeautyIsBest: Georgette the show poodle is totally absorbed in her appearance, justified in that she can rightfully boast being "six-time Grand National Champion!" As part of the rescue party aiming to recover Jenny from TheVillain's clutches, she's mostly TheLoad.
* BigApplesauce
* BigBad: Sykes.
* BigFriendlyDog: Einstein.
* BookEnds: The film begins and ends with an elevated shot of Lower Manhattan.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: Only the bad guys die in this film, since the character of Nancy is removed.
* BoundAndGagged: Well, just bound: Sykes makes sure Jenny can't escape by tying her wrists behind a chair and having his dogs surround her.
* TheCameo:
** [[Disney/LadyAndTheTramp Jock, Trusty, Peg]] and [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Pongo]] appear during "Why Should I Worry?"
** A picture of [[Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective Prof. Ratigan]] is among Georgette's vast collection of pictures of [[CrackPairing admirers]], as is Franchise/ScoobyDoo.
* CaninesPrimaryFelinesSecondary: The main protagonist is a kitten, but every other animal character in the main cast is a dog.
* CatStereotype: Oliver is orange, and is one of the nicest characters in the movie.
* CatchPhrase: Dodger "Absitively Posolutely"
* ChaseScene: The climax.
* ConspicuousCG: The ENTIRE MOVIE is loaded with conspicuous CG animation; New York City's traffic, Sykes's car, Fagin's cart, Georgette's stairs, etc. They're all CGI. The final chase sequence makes really heavy use of this as well. This was the first Disney animated feature to use CGI in such a heavy manner (instead of for certain sequences like the previous two films did.)
* CoolCar: Sykes' car.
* CoolShades: Dodger during the "Why Should I Worry?" number.
* CowardlyLion: Fagin.
* CreatorCameo: The man in the pawn shop that Fagin tries to bribe a pocket watch to, only to have said watch break is a caricature of Disney executive Peter Schneider.
* CuteKitten: Oliver, natch.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Well, for 1980s animation, anyway. One critic noted that ''Oliver and Company'' was "the grimiest Disney release ever." [[note]]Presumably, they meant at the time, because if the darkness of this movie did not get overshadowed by ''Disney/TheLionKing'', it probably got overshadowed by ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' later on, obviously ignoring ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron''[[/note]] (All things considered, it ''is'' noteworthy that, while New York City had been portrayed in animated films many times prior to 1988, it had always been depicted as either glamorous or only "nostalgically" gritty, as in ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''.) Considering the urban setting, only Dodger and Oliver being the sympathetic animals drawn to be remotely "cute", and Fagin's remarkable lack of attractiveness for a sympathetic human character, one wonders which version - this or the live action film - would be more frightening for children.
* DarkReprise: The score during the chase scene contains a brief passage from "Once Upon A Time In New York City."
* DeadpanSnarker: Several characters have their moments, but Dodger is the most apparent.
-->'''Oliver:''' So when are we going to eat?\\
'''Dodger:''' We?\\
'''Oliver:''' Yeah, I'm starving!\\
'''[[{{Jerkass}} Dodger]]:''' [[KickTheDog Listen, kid, I hate to break it to you, but the "dynamic duo" is now the dynamic uno]].
* {{Determinator}}: Oliver continues to pursue Dodger after getting dipped in cement, sprayed with water, and humiliated in a wide variety of ways.
* DisneyDeath:
** [[spoiler: Oliver]], following the climax, and also [[spoiler: Dodger after a gruesome fight with the dobermans]].
** Gruesomely [[AvertedTrope averted]] for several of the villains. See FamilyUnfriendlyDeath and GoryDiscretionShot.
* DispenseWithThePleasantries: When Fagin is first visited by Sykes, who he owed money to and is implied not to be able to pay it back in time; he tries to put off admitting this by talking about the weather and about Sykes' dogs. Sykes won't have it.
-->'''Fagin:''' Oh, lovely evening, I was just saying this to your two lovely pure-bred...\\
'''Sykes:''' ... the money, Fagin.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: No one wants to adopt the orange cat. Like the RedHeadedStepchild who was originally going to be Penny.
* DogStereotype: Several, most obviously Francis the English Bulldog who is pompous and British.
* DumbMuscle: [[IronicNickname Einstein]]
* DudeMagnet: Georgette. Just look at how many boyfriends she has had and still has.
* EarsAsHair: During "Perfect Isn't Easy", Georgette uses her ears as if they were hair, such as when she wakes up her ears look how they would when a woman has bed hair, and when she rolls a curler down her ear making it curled, among other things in the song.
* TheEighties: It's pretty obvious to tell this film came out in the 80's and takes place in the 80's. Most notable evidence includes the way people dress, [[EightiesHair the style of Rita's hair]], and of course, the songs. This does make the film seem very dated, which is likely one of the reasons why Disney (who's known for making timeless films) did not release this film on video until after its 1996 reissue.
* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor:
** The "macabre sense of humor" variety is hinted at with Roscoe.
--->'''Dodger:''' Roscoe, Roscoe, is this us losing our sense of humor?\\
'''Roscoe:''' Nah, I ain't lost my sense of humor...\\
''(Roscoe kicks a television at the wall, breaking a few things and sending sparks flying.)''\\
'''Roscoe:''' See? I find that funny!'' ([[EvilLaugh chuckles maliciously]])''
** For being one of the most serious and realistic Disney Villains, Sykes also does shows a sick and twisted sense of humor. When he kidnaps Jenny for ransom and as he's tying the poor frightened girl to a chair, he cruelly jokes that he'll have his dogs eat her if her parents don't pay the ransom.
-->'''Sykes''': Now don't cry, little girl. They only eat when I tell them to. ''([[EvilLaugh chuckles sinisterly]])''
* EvilPlan: The plot of the movie is driven by Sykes trying to get Fagin to pay back the loan. The lengths he goes to are what make him a villain.
* {{Expy}}: This film's characters draw rather noticeably from earlier entries in the Canon:
** Jenny was originally going to be Penny from ''Disney/TheRescuers'' and it shows[[note]]Notice how they creatively changed one letter in her name[[/note]].
** Many of the dog characters in this film seem loosely reminiscent of some of those featured in ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp''. The similarities between Tramp and Dodger, for starters. Whether intentional or not, when Lady is stuck in the pound we see a Chihuahua with fluff on his head like Tito and an English Bulldog that Francis resembles.
** Several characters, despite different names and characterisations, take on similar roles as those of the original ''Oliver Twist'' novel. Jenny roughly takes the same role Mr Brownlow did as Oliver's final and loving guardian, while Georgette is to some degree a redeemed version of Noah Claypole, a jealous fellow apprentice of Oliver's first residence.
%%* TheFagin: Well, duh.
%%It may seem obvious to you, but explain it anyway.
* FamilyOfChoice: Fagin's canine posse survive aboard a derelict boat as a band of scroungers and thieves. They even extend their circle to include the kitten Oliver. When Oliver becomes stranded in the limousine, Tito insists upon a rescue: "We got to do something, man. He's family. ''He's blood''." Since the dogs are completely different breeds and Oliver, the ''he'' in question, is a cat, Tito is clearly speaking about the strength of their bonds rather than any literal blood relationship.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Sykes' dogs are [[spoiler:knocked off the speeding car onto the subway tracks and electrocuted to death (you actually see Roscoe die ''on-screen''), followed by Sykes plowing head-first into the train, killing him in a fiery blaze]]. After this, and Ursula's impalement in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', "[[DisneyVillainDeath The villain falls to his/her doom]]" (frequently as [[KarmicDeath the result of their own treachery]]) was used for many years afterwards.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Dodger.
** TheLancer: Tito.
** TheChick: Rita.
** TheSmartGuy: Francis, as the most erudite and the one with an interest in the arts.
** TheBigGuy: Einstein, as the biggest and strongest.
** SixthRanger: Oliver.
* FluffyDryCat: Current Trope Illustrator.
* FriendshipSong: In the song "Good Company" Jenny sings about how her and Oliver will always be friends.
* FunnyAnimal: It's... complicated. The animals can understand humans, but possibly not the other way around. The animals do a lot of human poses, and Tito manages to drive a motorbike in one scene, but they stand on four legs rather than two.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** "Gang war! Gang war!"
** During the song "Why Should I Worry", Two female chorus dogs briefly give Dodger a sexy look while shaking their butts in a "suggestive" manner.
** Practically a small-scale RunningGag with Georgette:
*** When Georgette finds Dodger in her room, she panics, then gets angry when he says "It's not you I'm after." Child viewers might assume she thinks he wants to kidnap her, but to adult viewers it's obvious that she thinks [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe he's there to rape her]].
*** Later, Georgette asks to have a talk with Tito... alone in her room. [[SubvertedTrope ...about giving him a bath and new wardrobe]]. [[DoubleSubversion Though Tito was obviously expecting something else]].
** In "Perfect Isn't Easy", Georgette admits that she needed some 'minor adjustments' for her good looks. She says this while [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything pushing up her fur collar,]] [[BuxomIsBetter it momentarily resembling a certain part of female anatomy.]]
* GivingThemTheStrip: Done by Dodger during the climactic ChaseScene when one of the Dobermans bites down on his bandanna.
* GoryDiscretionShot:
** We barely see [[spoiler: Sykes getting splattered by the train]], and we only hear [=DeSoto=]--one of Sykes' dobermans--getting killed.
** [[AvertedTrope Roscoe, the other doberman, is a different story.]] Enjoy watching a grown dog getting electrocuted and whining as he dies, kids!
** Most of the Dobermans' NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on Dodge also happens just off-camera.
* GratuitousFrench: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb7kJ-j_dKA Dodger has street savoir-faire (expertise)]]
* GuileHero: Dodger.
* HighVoltageDeath: Sykes' dobermans are knocked off a speeding car onto some subway tracks. One of them, named Roscoe, dies of electrocution when he falls onto an electrified subway rail. This is also a blatant case of GettingCrapPastTheRadar since Roscoe's death is pretty graphic and painful. While another dog who is killed is only heard not shown, and Sykes, [[spoiler:who dies by being crushed by a train]], is only barely shown.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Sykes' crazed pursuit of the gang on the subway lines proves his undoing as he is caught completely off guard when sure enough, an actual subway train appears heading right for him.
* HomelessPigeonPerson: Fagin, but instead of pigeons he has dogs.
* HoodHopping: Dodger eludes Oliver by jumping over cars. Oliver follows, but falls through the sunroof of one car.
* IAmSong: "Why Should I Worry?" for Dodger.
* IAmGreatSong: Georgette's first scene, "Perfect Isn't Easy", is a classic.
* IBrokeANail: Georgette.
* IllKillYou:
--> '''Tito:''' All right, Frankie, that's it! You've insulted my pride! That means ''death''!
* InkSuitActor:
** Music/BillyJoel, as Dodger, in one of the first major celebrity-voice turns in a Disney movie.
** There's a lot of Creator/BetteMidler in Georgette as well.
** Creator/DomDeLuise as Fagin--almost no difference.
* InsistentTerminology: As he will constantly remind you, Francis goes by his real name. Not Frank or Frankie... ''Francis''.
* InspiredBy: Some people have no idea this film has anything to do with Dickens' ''Literature/OliverTwist'' until it's pointed out to them.
* InterspeciesFriendship: Oliver the cat befriends Fagin's dogs.
* InterspeciesRomance: Doesn't actually end up happening, but the birds that assist Georgette during "Perfect Isn't Easy" literally have their tongues sagging at the sight of her, which has some [[{{Squick}} pretty interesting implications]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeFashionable: Georgette accidentally scares off the PluckyComicRelief[=/=]ChewToy Tito, who's been hitting on her for the whole movie, with this trope.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: A number of them - Dodger and Fagin at times, as well as Georgette, near the end.
* [[JustAKid Just A Kitten]]: Subverted repeatedly.
* KickTheDog: Definitely when Sykes has his dogs beat the crap out of poor Dodger (who protects Fagin).
* LargeHam: Francis seems to be one of these.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: The aforementioned picture of Franchise/ScoobyDoo.
* LivesInAVan: Fagin lives in a beached and derelict trawler underneath a pier beside the Hudson River. The boat has no plumbing, no heat, and gets electricity by mooching from a dockside light pole. Fagin and his canine cohorts scrounge for a living.
* LoanShark: Bill Sykes. Disney makes it very clear that he's willing to kill and throws in a few possible links to the Mafia.
* LookBehindYou: Dodger does this to Tito in order to pounce on him, starting a dog fight.
--> "Hey, Tito, look!"
* LonelyRichKid: Jenny.
* LovableRogue: Dodger, definitely. The other members of the gang to a lesser extent.
* MatchCut:
** A shot of the Manhattan skyline at night is held for a transition to the next morning.
** Oliver's shiny new collar dissolves into a star in the night sky.
* MoodWhiplash: This movie can pretty quickly go from cutesy to intense (sometimes combining the two) and from comedic to serious. [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]] are known for MoodWhiplash, but this one takes it so far that after watching it one night you might be thinking next morning, "[[FridgeBrilliance wow, all those scenes were really from the same movie?]]"
* NewYorkIsOnlyManhattan: The film takes place almost exclusively in Manhattan; the climax occurs on the Manhattan Bridge. Further, the opening scene is a slow pan of western Manhattan, and the closing scene is a zoom-out on Times Square.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: When Sykes sics his dogs on Fagin (for being unable to pay his boss back) and Dodger aggressively defends the scraggly old man from the dobermans' wrath.
* OhCrap: The look on Sykes' face right before [[spoiler: [[UnusualEuphemism he catches the train.]]]]
* OverlyLongName: Tito's full name is Ignacio Alonzo Julio Federico de Tito.
* ParentalAbandonment: Jenny's parents are away on business. In the movie itself, they were mentioned by Jenny and Winston, but never appeared.
* ProductPlacement:
** The many, many billboards and logos seen in backgrounds are real brands, for authenticity's sake. The junk Jenny gets from the dogs as birthday presents even includes a GMC hubcap.
** Jenny did mention "Cocoa Krispies" in the meal she made for Oliver as well.
* PsychoPoodle: Georgette the show poodle greets the new kitten Oliver with condescension, finishing with an outright screech: "It may be Jenny's house, but everything from the doorknobs down IS MINE!" She dials back her {{Alpha Bitch}}iness when she must team up with Fagin's dogs to rescue Jenny and Oliver from the villain, but dials it back up at the conclusion, causing Tito, her StalkerWithACrush, to flee from her in a panic.
* RaceLift: Again, Fagin, who's never said to be Jewish in this film.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: ''Oliver''.
* RightHandAttackDog: Mr. Sykes has a pair of vicious Dobermans.
* SceneryPorn:
** New York City in very accurate detail.
** There's also the insides of Jenny's house, Fagin's boat, and Sykes' building.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: After finally winning Georgette's affections, Tito finds himself completely at her mercy when she tries to doll him up into an overly proper, goody-two-shoes house dog; after about ten minutes alone with her, he immediately bails.
* SecondFaceSmoke: Sykes does it to Fagin.
* SettingUpdate: On ''Literature/OliverTwist''.
* ShoutOut:
** The birds that dress Georgette during "Perfect Isn't Easy" do the same thing the birds did for ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' during "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (at least the ones with the animal print scarf).
** And, y'know, Tito's song. [[Disney/SnowWhite "Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to work we go..."]]
** One of the watches that Fagin is wearing is a Mickey Mouse watch. Mickey Mouse also turned 60 the same day this movie was first released.
** During the "Good Company" montage, Oliver [[Disney/TheAristocats jumps on the carriage rider's head]].
*** Also, the orange cat playing the piano, and the motorcycle thumping down the steps of the subway...
** Jenny's special birthday dress looks a lot like ComicStrip/LittleOrphanAnnie's iconic wear.
* ShrineToSelf: Georgette.
* ShownTheirWork: The ProductPlacement throughout the movie and Sykes' behavior as a loan shark.
** Also, the fact that Georgette is wearing hair curlers. Show poodle hair is a bitch to look after, often needing hot oil and hair curlers to make it look show perfect.
** Georgette also has a lovely set of teeth, accurate for a dog.
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Einstein is the only one of the main dogs to not appear on the original VHS cover.
* SleepCute: Oliver curled up next to Dodger.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The 1996 AnimatedShow ''Adventures Of Oliver Twist'' also combines Dickens' novel with [[TalkingAnimal anthropomorphic animals]] and [[TheMusical musical numbers]].
* SpontaneousChoreography: ''With dogs''.
* StalkerWithACrush: Roscoe, who suavely takes to Rita.
* StreetSmart: Everyone in Fagin's gang, contrasted with NaiveNewcomer Oliver.
* SuddenlyShouting: Georgette's voice tends to spike unexpectedly. The best example is when she first meets Oliver.
-->"It may be Jenny's house, but everything from the doorknobs down IS MINE!"
* TagalongKid: Oliver, unless you see him as TheHero.
* TalkingAnimal: Level 3 or Level 6 on the SlidingScaleOfAnimalCommunication. It is unknown whether or not the humans can understand the pets talking, but most of the time it's because the animals don't usually talk at all when the humans are around.
* TiedUpOnThePhone: Winston is watching a wrestling match on TV and getting caught up in the action when the phone rings, and he swings around so hard when answering it that he gets tangled up in the cord.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl:
** Georgette, a poodle, and Tito, a chihuahua.
** You could also say that Dodger and Rita fall under this considering Rita is much taller than Dodger, and the two of them are often shipped together by fans.
* TooDumbToLive: Sykes. Driving a car through the New York Subway tunnel is just ASKING to be killed!
* VillainousBreakdown: Sykes. While he's mainly calm throughout the movie, in the climactic car chase, he follows Fagin into the subway tunnel ''in his car'', pulls down the gear stick so hard it ''breaks off'', and ''punches his hand through his car's window'' to get at Jenny.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: Sykes - he's a LoanShark / mafia boss, and he is most certainly ''not'' PlayedForLaughs. In fact, at ''no'' point [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids does the movie portray his occupation as child-friendly]].
* VillainSong:
** Despite Dodger not being a villain, ''Why Should I Worry'', coming immediately after he takes advantage of Oliver, qualifies.
** "Perfect Isn't Easy" sung by Georgette would qualify as well, as it is probably the closest thing to a villain song in the film, though she is much more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Tito and Francis are at each others' throats almost constantly, but on at least one occasion, you see Tito [[SleepCute curled up between Francis' paws]] and using his jowls as a blanket. Tito also gets ''extremely'' agitated when Roscoe menaces Francis.
* WeWillMeetAgain: "You guys are gonna pay for this, starting with that cat."
* WetCementGag: Oliver and Dodger walk across wet cement after stealing hot dogs.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Or rather what happened to the owners who put Oliver and his litter up for adoption? And neglected to take Oliver back to the safety of the indoors when he was the last one left? The implication seems to be that, after interest in the kittens dwindled to the point that they were being given away for free, the owners just decided to forget about him, but it's never explained in-film.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Apparently, Disney finds it easier to portray theft, breaking and entering, and attempted murder if the culprits are animals; in that respect, this movie isn't too different from ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* WolfWhistle: The wolf howl variation, by Georgette's enamored fans.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Or blue ''fur'' in Georgette's case. It's possible that it was dyed, but more likely it's a HairColorDissonance version of grey.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: When Sykes tells Fagin he's proud of him for starting to think big (demanding a ransom for someone's beloved pet), you can see in Fagin's look that he takes this as anything but a compliment.