Characters / Oliver & Company

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Voiced by: Joey Lawrence

An orange orphaned kitten who is looking for a home.
  • Adaptational Badass: A subtle example. Oliver is usually as vulnerable as his book counterpart, but he has several more impressive feats and accomplishments, like tracking Dodger all the way across Manhattan, pulling off a rescue mission with the rest of the gang, and helping to dispatch with the movie's villains.
  • Badass Adorable: With the emphasis on "adorable."
    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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Especially in early scenes, when he starts following Dodger and he's being put through a variety of pranks along the way.
  • Cute Kitten: Based on Oliver Twist... only the main character's a kitty.
  • Determinator: Oliver continues to pursue Dodger after getting dipped in cement, sprayed with water, and humiliated in a wide variety of ways.
  • Disney Death: There's a brief scare when it seems Oliver has died rescuing Jenny from Sykes.
  • Happily Adopted: By Lonely Rich Kid Jenny, later in the film.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: Initially he was a nameless, unwanted Cute Kitten left alone in a box.
  • The Hero: As the title of the film would suggest.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Essentially does so when he pounces onto Sykes to save Jenny. Thankfully, it only leads to a Disney Death.
  • Hey, You!: He does not get a name until Jenny dubs him Oliver. Even afterwards, he is mostly called "Kid" by Fagin's group.
  • Naïve Newcomer: The new member of Fagin's gang with less experience than the others.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: The only kitten left in the box, and we see him nearly getting washed down the drain, getting chased by big, vicious dogs, ending up trying to get food from a hot dog vendor, and kicked into a wall.
  • Pinball Protagonist: Much like the original Oliver Twist, Oliver here spends a lot of the movie being dragged around in the affairs of Fagin's gang or other authorities. He Takes A Level In Badass to come to the aid of Jenny, however.
  • Protagonist Title: And Company.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Yes. He's a combination of Cute Kitten and Heartwarming Orphan, so he's adorable.
  • Unintentional Backup Plan: His run-ins with Fagin's gang and later Jenny ultimately end up getting the former out of their ordeal with the Loan Shark, Sykes, after repeated failures to pickpocket the needed money.

Voiced by: Billy Joel

A carefree, charismatic mongrel with a mix of terrier in him. He claims to have considerable "street savoir-faire". He is the leader of Fagin's gang of dogs, and is Oliver's first acquaintance, as well as his eventual best friend and bodyguard. He is the object of Rita's affection.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Like Fagin, Dodger receives this. He starts off as something of a bully to Oliver but quickly pulls a Heel–Face Turn. He has more redeeming qualities than his book counterpart and remains a free dog by the movie's end.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: A sign that Dodger is warming to Oliver is the normally aloof street dog tousling the kitten's fur.
  • Anti-Hero: Being a delinquent and a Lovable Rogue, Dodger is not your conventional hero, but is nonetheless one of Oliver's closest friends.
  • The Artful Dodger: He is on the cusp of this trope, mostly because he's much older (thanks to being voiced by Billy Joel). Of course, he's an expy of the Trope Namer.
  • Big Brother Instinct: After Character Development, he shows this towards Oliver.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Absitively Posolutely".
  • Character Development: Dodger initially wants little to do with Oliver and cons him out of some sausages, though he's continually surprised by the kitten's guts and determination. After accidentally getting Oliver involved in the gang's troubles with Sykes, Dodger starts to consider Oliver his responsibility and develops a Big Brother Instinct towards him. By the end of the film, Oliver and Dodger have saved each other's lives several times, and Dodger considers him as much a member of his gang as the other dogs. It's Dodger who ensures they're still friends at the end, even after Oliver has moved in Jenny.
  • Cool Shades: He has them during the "Why Should I Worry?" number.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    Oliver: So when are we going to eat?
    Dodger: We?
    Oliver: Yeah, I'm starving!
    Dodger: Listen, kid, I hate to break it to you, but the "dynamic duo" is now the dynamic uno.
  • Delinquent: A fairly affable, canine example. He's the slick but tough leader of a gang of thieves, and a textbook example of the bad-boy archetype.
  • Hidden Depths: Dodger is very reckless and something of a daredevil, but he's also very observant and implied to be the best strategist in Fagin's gang.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's kind of inconsiderate and a bit selfish, but he always pulls through for his friends and becomes protective of Oliver.
  • Justified Criminal: Dodger and his gang steal to survive.
  • The Leader: Of Fagin's dog gang.
  • Loveable Rogue: A mischievous yet charming street-wise dog.
  • Street Smart: Thanks to his smooth-talking "street savoir faire".

     Ignacio Alonzo Julio Federico de Tito
Voiced by: Cheech Marin

A tiny yet passionate Chihuahua in Fagin's gang. He has a fiery temper for his size.

Voiced by: Richard Mulligan

A gray Great Dane and a member of Fagin's gang. He is named ironically as he is not particularly bright, representing the (surprisingly accurate) stereotype that Great Danes are friendly but not exactly bred for intelligence.

  • Amusing Injuries: Played straight and inverted. Einstein headbutts Winston's limo to fake a hit, where he then wobbles about in a drunken dizzy fashion. Later, when a streetlight falls and conks Einstein on the head, he's suddenly back to normal.
  • The Big Guy: The largest dog in the gang, Einstein tells Roscoe to pick on somebody his own size, although he's not so certain about taking on the more savage Doberman on the spot.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: A Great Dane with a friendly personality.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Despite his name, he is not very smart.
  • Ironic Name: Yeah, he ain't exactly the smartest member of Fagin's gang.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Simple minded but probably the most unambiguously sweet natured of the group.
  • Use Your Head: Einstein apparently specializes in this. Dodger calls on Einstein to produce a fender bender, and the latter pulls it off by ramming his head into the Foxworths' car.

Voiced by: Roscoe Lee Browne

A bulldog with a British accent in Fagin's gang. He appreciates art and theatre, particularly Shakespeare. He also detests anyone abbreviating his name as "Frank" or "Frankie" (which Tito frenquently does).
  • Meaningful Name: Some denominations of Christianity revere Francis of Assisi, who was born into wealth, as the patron saint of animals. Many churches conduct animal blessings on his feast day.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He fancies himself as a Shakespearian actor material and high class, despite being another homeless mutt.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Tito and Francis are at each others' throats almost constantly, but on at least one occasion, you see Tito curled up between Francis' paws and using his jowls as a blanket. Tito also gets extremely agitated when Roscoe menaces Francis.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Plays dead in front of Jenny's limo to distract Winston long enough for Oliver and Tito to steal the radio from inside.

Voiced by: Sheryl Lee Ralph (singing voice by Ruth Pointer)

An Afghan hound and the only female dog in Fagin's gang. She is street-wise and takes Oliver under her wing.
  • Expy: Very mildly of Nancy in the original novel. Though she is only associated with Sykes through Fagin here, she similarly has Mama Bear instincts towards Oliver and is the most conflicted about dragging him back to Fagin.
  • One of the Boys: The only female in the Five-Man Band of dogs.
  • Only Sane Woman: The most level-headed dog in Fagin's gang, probably because Women Are Wiser. There's a bit of Not So Above It All when the boys start play fighting however.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She seems to be wearing blue eyeshadow. What's odd is, Rita is never seen applying it whereas it's a part of Georgette's morning routine.
  • Women Are Wiser: Notably the only one who voices doubts about "rescuing" Oliver from Jenny's house, as well as the only one who notices that Oliver is unhappy afterwards.

Voiced by: Dom De Luise

A petty thief who lives on a house-boat with his dogs. He desperately needs money to repay his huge debt with Sykes. Because of his economic situation, he is forced to perform criminal acts such as pick-pocketing and petty theft, but in truth he is good-natured and polite most of the time.
  • Adaptational Heroism: His book counterpart was an antagonist. Here, despite being a thief, he's clearly one of the good guys.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the novel Sykes and Fagin were business partners on equal footing; here, Fagin is basically Sykes's bitch due to owing him an undisclosed amount of money and Sykes makes it very clear what will happen to Fagin if he doesn't pay up.
  • Anti-Villain: He does thievery and has the dogs do his dirty work, but he does care for them. Plus he's justified in his paranoia his dealings with Sykes and the welfare of the dogs if he gets "sleepin' with the fishes".
  • Big Damn Heroes: Comes to the aid of Jenny and his dogs via escape by scooter when they get caught by Sykes.
  • Butt-Monkey: He's never safe from the city's abuse, especially when he interacts with Sykes.
  • Cowardly Lion: He does crimes to escape his possible gangster death punishment from Sykes, but he does try to fight against him once he goes too far.
  • The Dog Bites Back: At the end of the film, when he realizes that Sykes has gone too far, Fagin decides to pull a Big Damn Heroes moment to rescue his dogs and Jenny.
  • The Fagin: An expy of the Trope Namer only having a heart of gold this time around.
  • Homeless Pigeon Person: Given that he has no home, he lives on his barge accompanied by his dogs.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A difference shared with the musical adaptation - yes, he's a thief, and was planning to ransom Oliver, but he clearly loves his pets, and when he learns that Jenny is Oliver's owner, he immediately gives up all idea of collecting the ransom (even though he is fully aware that he will be killed if he fails to pay Sykes) in order to return Oliver to her.
  • Nice Hat: He has a brown hat.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When he realizes that Sykes is about to kidnap Jenny.
    • He has a similar reaction when Sykes' car is coming after him and his dogs.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: His book counterpart is sentenced to execution at the novel's end.

     Roscoe and DeSoto
Voiced by: Taurean Blacque (Roscoe) and Carl Weintraub (DeSoto)

Sykes's vicious Doberman Pinschers who have a hostile history with Dodger and his friends. Roscoe is the apparent leader, while his brother DeSoto seems to be the more savage of the two.

     Bill Sykes
Voiced by: Robert Loggia

A cold-hearted, immoral loan shark and shipyard agent who lent a considerable sum of money to Fagin and expects it paid back.
  • Ax-Crazy: He goes nuts driving his car on the subway tracks towards the end of the film.
  • Badass Fingersnap: It's his attack dogs' cue to attack.
  • Bad Boss: He often pushes Fagin around to the point that he sics his dogs on Dodger.
  • Big Bad: He's the main antagonist of the film, he's more of a threat to Fagin rather than Oliver.
  • Cigar Chomper: In pretty much every scene he's in.
  • Cool Car: Owns a black Lincoln Continental with custom vanity plates. He even has a miniature model of it in his office.
  • Dark Is Evil: Indeed. He's usually shown in shadows like most stereotypical villains.
  • Expy: Some viewers have though he resembles a human Professor Ratigan, and Disney says he was meant to be a combination of Ratigan and McLeach.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Ultimately hit by a subway train in the end.
  • Fat Bastard: Very large, very intimidating, and very much a despicable excuse for a human being.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Sykes is a friendly businessman if you forget about the way he treats Fagin.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Has glasses and not an inch of pity.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Evil smoking, naturally.
  • Guttural Growler: He smokes and has a raspy voice.
  • Hidden Depths: Animator Glen Keane has said Sykes' hobby is building miniature models, as evidenced by the ones seen in his office.
  • Kick the Dog: He has Roscoe and DeSoto attack Dodger and kidnaps Jenny to pile more misery on Fagin.
  • Loan Shark: His job is this, and he'll get money no matter what the cost.
  • Obviously Evil: Look at him. He's just as evil as he seems.
  • Oh, Crap!: He freezes in shock when he realizes he's about to get hit by an oncoming train.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: He has Roscoe and DeSoto attack Fagin and his dogs whenever its necessary.
  • Sanity Slippage: He's completely lost his mind by the end of the movie.
  • Say My Name: He yells Fagin's name when the latter helps Jenny escape from his lair
  • Second Face Smoke: Does this to Fagin while holding him in a Neck Lift through his car window.
  • Smoky Voice: He usually smokes a cigar and appropriately enough, he has a raspy voice.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He's clearly a horrible human being underneath his soft-spoken businessman façade.
  • Too Dumb to Live: It's really not wise to drive a car through subway tracks.
  • Tranquil Fury: He spends most of the ending in a very calm state but is quick to use an ax to slow down Dodger and Oliver's rescue of Jenny, pull down the gear stick so hard it breaks off, and so on.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Especially for Disney. Sykes has no sorcery, hamminess or even a Villain Song; he is a cold-blooded Loan Shark played straight. His methods are brutal as he holds Jenny for ransom, has Fagin in a loan deal with the implications of mafia execution and, in one scene where he's on the phone, he's clearly instructing the person on the other end how to perform the Cement Shoes method.
  • Villainous Breakdown: While he's mainly calm throughout the film, in the climactic car chase, he pulls down the gear stick so hard it breaks off and punches his hand through his car's window to get at Jenny.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Kidnaps Jenny, a 7-year-old girl, for ransom, and outright threatens to feed her to his dogs if he doesn't see her parents' money.

     Jenny Foxworth
Voiced by: Natalie Gregory

A kind, rich girl who takes care of Oliver.
  • The Cutie: A Spoiled Sweet little girl, and very cute as well.
  • Damsel in Distress: In the climax after she is abducted by Sykes.
  • Ditch the Bodyguards: Being seven years old, she had to elude Winston in order to save Oliver.
  • Expy:
    • Jenny was originally going to be Penny from The Rescuers and it showsnote .
    • Of the novel itself, she loosely takes the role of Mr Brownlow, who becomes Oliver Twist's final and loving guardian after falling victim to a botched theft by Fagin's gang.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Georgette hides her distain for Oliver very badly, though Jenny is perfectly convinced they get along perfectly.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Has blue eyes and she is an innocent little girl.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: She adopts a Cute Kitten and takes care of him.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Jenny appears lonely because of her parents being away, before adopting Oliver.
  • Nice Girl: Jenny is very caring and friendly
  • Spoiled Sweet: She is nice and doesn't act like a Spoiled Brat even if her parents are very rich.

Voiced by: William Glover

The Foxworth family's bumbling but loyal butler.

Voiced by: Bette Midler

The Foxworth family's show-winning poodle.
  • Anti-Hero: She is extremely jealous of Oliver when Jenny first gets him, and tries to get rid of him after that. Despite this, she does help Oliver and the gang rescue Jenny from Sykes's clutches and appears to have...slightly lightened up by the end.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: When it becomes clear Dodger didn't break into her room for sex.
  • Attention Whore: She is used to a lot of attention and can't handle Jenny giving any of hers to Oliver.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. She's usually groomed and pretty, but in certain situations she looks worse for wear.
  • Cool Big Sis: Consigns herself to being this for Oliver in the end, though the "cool" part is debatable.
  • Drama Queen: She freaks out over the tiniest things.
  • Dude Magnet: Just look at how many boyfriends she has had and still has.
  • Expy: Arguably one to Noah Claypole of the original novel, an oafish apprentice of Oliver Twist's first residence who similarly conspires to get him out of the house out of petty jealousy. Doubles as Adaptational Heroism, while Noah was a bullying and remorseless Karma Houdini, Georgette is merely a spoiled character who redeemed herself.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Towards Oliver for much of the movie.
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs: She always wears a pink bow at the back of her head.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Most male dogs absolutely love her.
  • I Broke a Nail: Which is slightly weird, considering that she's a dog.
  • Informed Attractiveness: She's not too different in design to Rita, but is implied to be an unrivaled beauty.
  • It's All About Me: She' is very self-centered but gets a little better later on.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Although she starts off as a straight-up Jerkass, she eventually regrets her actions and comes to accept Oliver as part of her family. She's also very loyal and protective of Jenny.
  • Large Ham: Nearly every line is a slice of pure pork, as you would expect from her voice actress.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: She does have a heart, especially towards the end.
  • Mama Bear: Surprisingly she seems to be this towards Jenny. When Fagin approaches Jenny you can see Georgette barring her fangs at him protectively. Even though she isn't asked, she also joins the other dogs in rescuing Jenny.
  • The Primadonna: Is something of a celebrity in dog show circles, and isn't shy about mentioning it.
  • Really Gets Around: Just check out her shrine to her admirers! Even Ratigan appears in there.
  • Rich Bitch: As a female dog, she is a literal example!
  • Shrine to Self: Her room is not only stuffed with photographs and paintings of her and many, MANY mirrors, but statues of her make up most of her bed, flank her vanity table, and her dog bowl has a few miniature Georgettes on it.
  • Truth in Television: A highly-bred dog who is regularly entered into pet shows often becomes much less of a family pet, explaining why Jenny would want to have Oliver to play with.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It is unclear whether her fur was dyed blue, naturally blue, or intended as gray via Hair Color Dissonance.