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YMMV: Oliver & Company
  • Cliché Storm: A common complaint by critics and other detractors, citing the backstories, characters, and overall story as being similar to other Disney movies.
  • Complete Monster: Sykes is a disturbingly realistic villain for a Disney film. A loan shark who demonstrates his nastiness by rolling up his car window on the neck of a man who's late in his payments, Sykes has no hesitation releasing his savage attack dogs on the man's own pets. He later receives a phone call from a fellow mobster in the process of killing someone and even gives the man advice on how to do it over the phone. Sykes later kidnaps a little girl to extort money from her parents and indicates he'll feed her to his dogs. When Oliver and team frees her, Sykes unleashes his dogs after them and rides after them himself, fully intending to kill everyone.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Why Should I Worry?" and "Streets Of Gold."
  • Ear Worm: "Now it's always once upon a time in New York City/ It's a big old, bad old, tough old town, it's true/ But beginnings are contagious there...
    • "Why should I worry? Why should I care? I may not have a dime, but I got street savior faire."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Rita is a surprisingly popular character amongst fans despite being relatively minor compared to the other characters.
    • Georgette also has her share of fans, too, as do Tito and Dodger. In Tito's case, it's not too surprising.
    • Jenny appears to have a relatively good-sized fanbase among the Deviant ART community... though unfortunately, considering one of her big scenes is when Sykes has her tied to a chair in his office, much of her fanbase is among bondage buffs.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Tito is this to Mexican Americans.
  • Fountain of Memes: Tito.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Again, Oliver fighting back against a big dog he was cornered by. See CMOA section for why.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Joey Lawrence played Oliver in this movie. About ten years after this movie was released, his little brother, Andy Lawrence, ended up playing another Disney character, who, while not like Oliver, was a nine-year-old, human version of Dodger.
    • Look at Jenny's bedroom in this movie, and remember: this was 1987, and she's a rich girl. Now, look at a bedroom of any kid of a middle/working class family today.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Sykes kidnapping a 7-year-old girl to try to extort money out of her wealthy parents, although it is somewhat implied that he has done worse things before.
    • His dogs Roscoe and De-Soto definitely cross it BIG time when they put the hurt on poor Dodger who tried to defend Fagin from them.
  • Older Than They Think: It went through the theaters release cycle again in the 90's without any/much indication that it wasn't new, and to be honest, it wasn't that famous, because it's not as popular, nor as fondly remembered, as most Disney films.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Obviously the game does not hold a candle to the movie.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A pre-Blossom Joseph Lawrence provided his voice.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Let's face it: the song "Good Company" is this compared to the other songs in the film.
  • The Woobie: Oliver the cat. Nearly getting washed down the drain, actually getting chased by big, vicious dogs, ending up trying to get food from a hot dog vendor and kicked into the wall, and then when he gets help from a dog named Dodger to steal them, Dodger keeps them all for himself and goes back home. Oliver follows Dodger, despite being put through a variety of pranks along the way, and when he gets to Dodger's home, he is surrounded by a gang of dogs who apparently hate him and want him dead. He wins them over by clawing in the face a vicious doberman who is an enemy of said dog gang, and then is expected to take part in said dog gang's criminal activities in service of their owner. So when Oliver is watching over while one dog helps hotwire a car, he slips and falls into a mess of wires. The little girl in the car adopts him, and brings him home to a vain show dog who is jealous of him even having a PORTION of said little girl's attention, and manipulates said dog gang to take him back when they show up. Even this becomes a moot point when said little girl gets kidnapped by a crime boss anyway, and said crime boss chases the dog gang's owner into the rails of the New York subway system. Oliver leaps to Jenny's defense, biting said crime boss in the hand and leaping onto the face of one of said crime lord's attack dogs. While we're not shown exactly what happened next, Oliver is implied from his Disney Death to have been ALMOST killed by it.
    • Jenny as well, to a lesser extent, being a Lonely Rich Kid who gets a cat only for him to be taken away pretty quickly, then getting kidnapped herself.
    • Fagin, whose shadier actions are offset by the fact that he's both genuinely desperate - the movie makes it clear that he has every reason to fear for his life if he can't repay Sykes - and pretty much completely pathetic, as well as by his genuine affection for his dogs and Oliver and his empathy for Jenny.

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