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  • Base-Breaking Character: Georgette. People either love her diva personality or hate her for being self-absorbed and whiny.
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  • Cult Classic: Although obviously not as popular as much of Disney's other works, this was one of Disney's most popular post-Walt, pre-Renaissance films and is considered today one of its most underappreciated pieces.
  • Critical Dissonance: When it was originally released, the reception it received from critics was very mixed, with them usually calling it So Okay, It's Average. It didn't help that The Land Before Time was released around the same time. Nowadays, fans consider it to be very underrated and over time, its reception got better with fans.
  • 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 savoir-faire."
    • "...Every boulevard is a miracle mile/ Take the town, and you'll take it with style/ If you play it brave and bold, these are streets of gold!"
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 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 DeviantArt 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.
  • Fan Preferred Pairing: Dodger and Rita is a common pairing, although there is little basis for it in canon. Aside from maybe her pulling Dodger away when he started flirting with other female dogs.
  • Fountain of Memes: Tito.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Roscoe Boulevard and DeSoto Avenue are major streets in the San Fernando Valley, several miles from Walt Disney Studios.
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    • The Doberman was originally bred to protect a tax collector.
  • He Really Can Act: Billy Joel, being a New Yorker himself, certainly has Dodger's smooth-talking street savoir faire.
  • 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 1988, 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.
    • Sykes' dogs Roscoe and DeSoto 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, but newer audiences reacted more or less the same way than at its day: tepidly at first, more appreciatingly after a long time.
  • Popular with Furries: It's not uncommon to see fanworks (especially Fan Vids) involving Dodger, Oliver, Rita, or Georgette despite the film being one of Disney's more low-key films.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Dodger and Oliver jumping on cars in "Why Should I Worry?"
    • Dodger walking on the air-vents in "Why Should I Worry?"
  • Signature Song: "Why Should I Worry?"
  • Special Effects Failure: Very few to make note of, but two do stand out during the final chase sequence, where Sykes' two Dobermans disappear into the highway as they vanish into the distance, and later on the bridge where if one watches closely right before Sykes is hit by the train, Fagin's cart on which the entire gang is riding along the bridge cable is empty.
  • Retroactive Recognition: A pre-Blossom Joey Lawrence (this was right at the tail end of his Gimme a Break! days) provided Oliver's voice.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Let's face it: the song "Good Company" is this compared to the other songs in the film.
  • Vanilla Protagonist: While Oliver garners a lot of audience sympathy from being The Woobie and a Cute Kitten, he, much like the novel and musical rendition, is mostly a Pinball Protagonist, and outshone a fair bit by the very colourful supporting cast such as Fagin's gang and Georgette, who provide most of the film's humour and musical numbers.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: New York City looks absolutely gorgeous in this movie.
  • 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 nose 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 - desperate for a friend - lavishes affection onto the kitten she's adopted only for him to go missing. When she goes looking for him, she's kidnapped by a terrifying loan shark who tries to hold her for ransom and implies he'll feed her to his dogs (or worse) if her parents (who aren't even in the country) don't pay.
    • 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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