"Why should I worry? Why should I care? Yeah, I may not have a dime, but I got street savoir-faire."
1988 Disney Animated Canon entry number 27 about talking animals, loosely based on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. In fact, if it were any looser, it'd fall right off. The setting is New York City, 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 Artful Dodger). Fagin himself is human, and he's definitely a good guy this time. In fact, he's just some poor schmoe trying to pay off the loan shark Mr. Sykes (based on Bill Sikes), who is the Big Bad, and here a VERY 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 The Little Mermaid. 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 "Under The Sea", "Beauty and the Beast", "A Whole New World", "Can You Feel the Love Tonight", and so on, and so forth, etc., ad nauseum.Visit here for the Video Game.
More justified than the usual examples of this trope, however: Georgette isn't so much pissed off at not being raped as she is pissed off that someone would break into the room of someone as beautiful and famous as her, only to be looking for someone else. At least if they'd been there to rape Georgette, Georgette would still be "the star" of the story, so to speak.
Badass Adorable: Each dog that's a major character probably qualifies as Badass, though YMMV on how "adorable" they are. Oliver, on the other hand, is Badass Adorable with the emphasis on "adorable." The "badass" part comes from his occasional CMOAs.
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.
Conspicuous CG: Watch the animation of Georgette descending stairs during her "I Am" song, "Perfect Isn't Easy", for some early computer graphics.
The ENTIRE MOVIE is loaded with conspicuous CG animation; New York City's traffic, Sykes's car, Fagin's cart, 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.)
Darker and Edgier: 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 The Lion King, it probably got overshadowed by The Hunchback of Notre Dame later on, obviously ignoring The Black Cauldron (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 An American Tail.)
Dark Reprise: The score during the chase scene contains a brief passage from "Once Upon A Time In New York City."
Deadpan Snarker: Several characters have their moments, but Dodger is the most apparent.
Dispense With The Pleasantries: 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.
Dude Magnet: Georgette. Just look at how many boyfriends she has had and still has.
The Eighties: 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, 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.
Dodger: 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!
Evil Plan: 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: Jenny was originally going to be Penny from The Rescuers and it shows. (Notice how they creatively changed one letter in her name).
Two songs from the movie, Once Upon A Time in New York City and Good Company, are later being shown up in Rufus and Company, but Rufus and Penny are being shown up instead.
Many of the dog characters in this film seem loosely reminiscent of some of those featured in Lady and the Tramp. The similarities between Tramp and Dodger, for starters.
Family of Choice: Fagan's canine posse in Oliver & Company 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.
Family-Unfriendly Death: Sykes and his two Doberman cronies, especially the ending where the dogs are knocked off the speeding car onto the subway tracks and electrocuted to death, followed by Sykes plowing head-first into the train. It's telling to note that they switched to the "Villain Falls to His/Her Doom" ending for years after this.
When Common Sense Media talked about this movie, they mentioned that "Youngest viewers might be frightened by some of the threats that Mr. Sykes puts forth. He's even shown loading an automatic weapon with a cartridge of ammunition." But they make no mention of the above mentioned deaths. So dogs getting violently electrocuted and men dying in big fiery explosions is okay for kids, but we'll make sure to never expose you to such horrible stuff such as a man loading a gun!
Friendship Song: In the song "Good Company" Jenny sings about how her and Oliver will always be friends.
Funny Animal: 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.
High Voltage Death: 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 Getting Crap Past the Radar since Roscoe's death is pretty graphic and painful. While another dog who is killed is only heard not shown, and Sykes, who dies by being crushed by a train, is only barely shown.
Shout-Out: The birds that dress Georgette during "Perfect Isn't Easy" do the same thing the birds did for Cinderella during "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" (at least the ones with the animal print scarf).
Tied Up on the Phone: The butler 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.
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.
Villainous Breakdown: Sykes. While he's mainly calm throughout the movie, 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.
Villain Song: Despite Dodger not being a villain, Why Should I Worry, coming immediately after he takes advantage of Oliver, qualifies.
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.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: 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 The Lion King.
Wolf Whistle: The wolf howl variation, by Georgette's enamored fans.