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Oliver And Company (Disney) [VHS] [1989]

Joseph Lawrence , Billy Joel , George Scribner    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Joseph Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan, Roscoe Lee Browne
  • Directors: George Scribner
  • Writers: Alex Mann, Charles Dickens, Chris Bailey, Chris Hubbell, Danny Mann
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Disney
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Sep 2000
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CUWT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,597 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Disney does Dickens in this animated version of Oliver Twist, in which a homeless New York City cat falls in with a bunch of mischievous dogs under the leadership of the appealing scoundrel Fagin. The roots of Disney's success with animation in the 1990s begins with this clever, energetic, atmospheric movie, which succeeds in capturing the grim world Dickens conjured. Lyricist Howard Ashman (The Little Mermaid) worked on the songs, the best of which is sung by Billy Joel, who provides the voice of (the Artful) Dodger. --Tom Keogh

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A cuddly little orphaned kitten finds himself on the streets of New York, where he finds friendship with a group of pickpocketing dogs. He becomes involved in the dogs' fun and games, but must face reality when the girl who wants to adopt Oliver is kidnapped by the evil Fagin. This is Disney's animated musical animal-based version of Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist'.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I disagree with the earlier viewer! 21 Oct 2001
By A Customer
In the 1980's the Disney studios released a handful of very good animated features, but the one given the most credit is The Little Mermaid. Oliver and company was released a year or so before the Little Mermaid (though many people believe the re-release was the original release, same goes for Great Mouse Detective). This rendition of Oliver Twist replaces the main character with an abandoned Kitten in 1980's New York. The story is pretty simple, but well executed with great songs, and an 80's favorite of mine, Billy Joel, as the canine version of the Artful Dodger. Changing the characters to adorable, modernized animals in my opinion was a great boost to the original story, in making it much easier to stick with without getting bored. I can watch any and all versions of a Christmas Carol without blinking, but it's easier to be picky with Dicken's other works. Disney once again uses it's enormous ability at improving stories and comes out with a very cute and entertaining film well worth owning on DVD. I'm glad to see it's finally being released in this format, and even happier to see that it will be including several of the kind of extras I LOVE getting on Disney DVD's. They're making major improvements compared to their first DVD releases which had NO extras. I'm looking forward to seeing more and more Disney Titles on DVD, especially the classic stuff, and the difficult to find old television stuff that can only be caught on the Disney Channel on ocassion if at all. I only wish they would stop the editing they sometimes do to their classic films because of stupid Political Correctness. Tampering with TV and movie history is equal with book burning!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL DVD RELEASE! 25 Oct 2001
By A Customer
This Disney release is a joy - especially considering the poor film-only DVD releases of late on Region 2 format.
Oliver and Company has been given a quality treatment and the DVD boasts the new technology with an animated menu and sound (not just a static picture). From the menu you can choose your various options including the well-endowed Bonus Features section.
The Bonus Features are fitting and plentiful including a lovely animated short (cartoon) called 'Puss Café' from Disney's Golden Age. The 14 page extensive gallery with conceptual art, character development and layouts makes for good viewing and is a rare peak in to the wonderful making of the film progress which is also documented in an ample featurette.
In addition to these features Disney have also included a short featurette on the theatrical re-release of the film as well as a featurette on the animation of Disney animals throughout Disney history - a gem of a bonus on this disc.
In true Disney style, as on R1 DVD releases, the DVD also has two Sing Along features.
The presentation, detail and consideration that has gone in to this DVD release sets a high standard for the new wave of UK DVDs from Disney. The included documentaries feature interviews with Bette Midler and Billy Joel et al. and are padded with interesting information which fans will welcome.
This film is a historic one for Disney - just note the trial of CGI and rebirth of Disney magic under the omniscient eye of Roy Disney in his foundation attempts to regain dwindling love for the House of Mouse.
A winning feature with no flaws - and many paws.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film for kids or adults! 8 Jun 2009
Im a HUGE disney fanatic and let me say, oliver and company is up there in my top 10, fantastic film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blu ray 21 Oct 2013
By forzie
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Excellent as per usual from disney.
dont know why there is no uk release. usa region free. of course dvd wont play. i dont want the dvds anyway. isnt this why we are buying blu ray discs. yes the film looks glorious. all the usa edition are region free here is a little list of non uk editions.
lilo and stitch
emporers new groove
home on the range
basil the great mouse detective. and of course..........
the many adventures of WINNIE THE POOH.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little dated 29 Jun 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
LOVED this when I was little and it first came out so bought it on DVD for my nephews to watch when they come over, the story is great (a version of Oliver Twist) and it has a great soundtrack but I was surprised that it seemed a little dated to me having not seen it for maybe twenty years! The boys still seemed to enjoy it but I just don't feel it has aged as well as Robin Hood or The Sword in the Stone, for example. Maybe because they are classic stories told in classical fashion whereas this was a classic story they attempted to modernise in the 80s and now it just seems a bit cheesy - but in the nicest possible way! Maybe its just that I'm not 5 anymore!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wat the dickens 27 May 2014
By alan
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
really amusing film for children and adults alike loved the story and the characters where great as well so i recommend it to one and all
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver and Company 13 May 2014
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Title says it all :) It is a true Disney treasure that has been overlooked so it borderlines illegal :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Job we'll done 1 May 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Got it within 2 days perfect! Got what I asked for and the family loved it thank you x x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
Does what it's suppose to, very good value for money, no faults so far, I strongly recommend this product :)
Published 2 months ago by Adriana
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
An absolute favourite of mine from when I was small. Superb quality DVD ( have only just realised Billy Joel was amoungdt the star studded cast) excellent Disney spin on a classic... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Yummy mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites!
So happy to have this on DVD after my mother threw away my tape copy :o. Perfect balance of comedy and songs and a bit of a scare. A must see Disney classic!!
Published 2 months ago by Sophie van Rooyen
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver and Company
A little while ago, I saw this on Sky Movies Disney and thought my 11 year old daughter might like it. She likes the majority of the classics and also loves films about animals. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sam Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars love it !
great film, good quality and prompt service from Amazon . ordered this for my daughter's 16th birthday as she had enjoyed the film when she was younger,she is delighted with it !
Published 3 months ago by Alison
4.0 out of 5 stars gift
This was bought as a gift for my daughter who loves Disney they are replacing her ones she has on video
Published 3 months ago by sheila mant
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Day Oliver Twist
It took me way too long as a child to realise that this was based on Oliver Twist. An amusing tale with lovable animals and a few musical numbers like all good Disney movies. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Lovely story, was bought as my children watched it when young and named our ginger cat Oliver after the cat in the film and our cat has now died so it was bought as a memory and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lis
3.0 out of 5 stars disney again doing there best to rip off the uk
good film no extras again no special features. NOTHING again disney you are a disgrace. just look at the usa r1 versions of most disney films. then look at uk r2 versions.
Published 4 months ago by Whizzer
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