Oliver and Company
While the titular Oliver in the movie may have been a kitten, his company is a band of dogs who live in New York City. Growing up, this was my all time favorite animated movie. Not only was the music amazing, but Dodger was my favorite character.
As far as giving a new twist to a classic story, there was something special about turning the story of Oliver Twist into an animated movie featuring a pack of dogs and an orphan kitten. But perhaps what helps make Oliver and Company so iconic is the voice cast. I mean, even looking at the cast today is impressive and that is saying something.
Among the names you see when looking at the cast are Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Cheech Marin and Dom DeLuise. Who else is staring at those names in a bit of shock? Considering I was only four-years-old when this movie was released, I couldn’t appreciate this amazing casting, but today I am in awe.
Perhaps the reason this is one of my favorite animated dog movies stems from the fact that Disney released a sing-along VHS (I feel old) a few years later that heavily featured the songs from this film. I remember singing “Why Should I Worry” on repeat with my cousin. And then there was “Streets of Gold,” which was another favorite.
Honestly, I think the music is what sold me on this movie more than anything else. But even today, I remember the soundtrack and wish I could have adopted both Oliver and Dodger (and I don’t even care that they are animated).