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* ActressAllusion: Bette Midler (voice of Georgette) currently has a New York City apartment at 1125 Fifth Avenue, so she has same address as her character and probably lived there when the movie was made (unless it's an astounding example of LifeImitatesArt).
* CelebrityVoiceActor: Several examples. To name a few...
** Music/BillyJoel as Dodger. Seriously.
** Creator/DomDeLuise as Fagin.
** Creator/BetteMidler as Georgette.
** Joey Lawrence as Oliver.
** [[Creator/CheechAndChong Cheech Marin]] as Tito ([[PigeonholedVoiceActor fittingly]]).
** Robert Loggia (Frank Lopez in ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'') as Sykes.
** Sheryl Lee Ralph, the original Broadway Deena Jones in ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'', as Rita's speaking voice, with Ruth Pointer, one of the Pointer Sisters, as Rita's singing voice.
** Richard Mulligan, mostly remembered from ''Series/{{Soap}}'' and ''Series/EmptyNest'', as Einstein.
* ChannelHop: In North America, this film has always been with Disney; however, in most international territories, it was originally released in theatres by Creator/WarnerBros, and in other international territories this was handled by United International Pictures. This is due to output deals Disney made for international theatrical distribution.
* DuelingMovies: The 1980s were a very tumultuous time in animation. Creator/DonBluth had very publicly split with Disney and started his own studio, which naturally was in competition with Disney. ''Oliver'' had ''two'' rivals from Bluth: ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', which came out on the same day; and ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', released the following year but also featuring a roguish talking dog and a heartwarming little girl. ''Oliver'' did better than either in theaters (though "Time" had the higher opening weekend and worldwide gross), though it's now a somewhat forgotten member of the Disney canon while ''The Land Before Time'' and ''All Dogs Go To Heaven'' went on to spawn long-running video franchises.
* ImageSource:
** Woobie.AnimatedFilms
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Joey Lawrence is a professional singer; Oliver doesn't sing in the movie.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Far more than most of Disney's animated films (which are either timeless or set in the far past). The film is undeniably set in the 1980s and obviously made in the 1980s. The clothing, hairstyles, and general environment drives in the era the film is from. As mentioned on the main page, this could be a reason why Disney didn't have a home rerelease until the late 90s.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Originally this movie was going to be a pseudo-sequel/spinoff of ''Disney/TheRescuers'' that followed Penny after she was adopted. You can still see some traces of it. (Namely the main character's name being changed to "Jenny").
** Creator/MarlonBrando was offered the role of Sykes by Michael Eisner himself. Brando, however, turned it down, fearing the movie would bomb.
** Creator/SteveMartin and Creator/BurtReynolds were both considered for Dodger.
** Creator/PatrickStewart was considered to voice Francis, but he was busy with ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.
** Music/WhitneyHouston was considered for Rita.
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