These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
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.
A moment that stands out is his phone call that Fagin walks in on, which is Sykes telling someone how to go about properly murdering a person, and disposing of their body, using the "cement shoes" method.
Another one for Sykes is when he mentions to Jenny that he can make money off of her even if her family doesn't pay him.note When does this happen in the movie? If it's in there, it's very hard to find. It's bad enough in Jenny's mind since she's probably scared enough by the idea of her parents not paying the ransom but we viewers can think of all the nasty ways his statement could be true. Adult Fear hello!
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.
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.