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Oliver & Company (1988)



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A curiously modern soundtrack is a jarring change of pace for Disney's animated films, but not altogether bad -- Billy Joel's Why Should I Worry? song is a fun, upbeat number. The animation itself, however, leaves a lot to be desired. It takes a lot of work on the viewer's part to suspend disbelief and pretend you're not watching a series of sketches. The artwork is good, make no mistake, but hardly convincing as the objects they represent, as opposed to drawings of said objects. This is especially true with the backdrops. The story is a (very) loose adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist with Oliver being a cat, and Dodger and his sidekicks, dogs. Dom DeLuise voices a human Fagin, and Bill Sykes is a dauntingly sly, brutal villain. It's well worth watching, even if it doesn't quite compete with Disney's better films.

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