Saturday, September 28, 2013

Project Disney- Oliver and Company

Project Disney: The plan is to tackle all of the Disney films, re-reading the classic stories and tales that inspired many of them and to look at how the changes the filmmakers made, the new elements they introduced and the essential elements they kept. We will, of course, be talking about the films as movies as well, saying why we enjoy them and what some of our favorite moments are, but our focus will be on looking at them as adaptations. For the films that are not drawn from any one work we’ll be looking at some of the possible literary influences that we see in the stories.  Inspired by Project Disney hosted by Picture Me Reading.

"Cool it guys, it's just a cat!" This week we are covering Oliver and Company based off the book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.  I loved Oliver and Company growing up.  The music is sooooo fun!!  My sister and I had a toy of Georgette (one of the dogs) and we would always fight over who's toy it was.  The vocals in this movie are amazing. Huey Lewis, Bette Midler, and the Pointer Sisters.  Great choice to have Billy Joel as the voice for Dodger.  I mean the song "Why should I worry, why should I care?"  Dodger even plays the piano like his voice actor Billy.  Classic!

Comparing the movie to the book it's based off it is a big difference to me. This movie obviously takes place in 1988 when it was made. Unlike other Disney movies that take place in a different time period. It's like a cartoon 80s movie.  There are characters are a little different.  Fagin and Sikes who are criminal pals in the book Oliver Twist are clearly not on the same level here.  Sikes is the main boss and Fagin owes him a debt.

Oliver is taken by a girl Jenny to her home in the movie.  This could be similar to the book where Oliver is taken by Fagin to join his criminal gang.  She wants to give him a good home.  Dodger doesn't know this and goes and rescues him from Jenny.  When Oliver gets back to where the gang lives Fagin decides to blackmail Jenny to get the money he owes Sikes (we never find out why Fagin owes Sikes money). Fagin has a change of heart and just gives her Oliver.  But Sikes captures Jenny and tries to blackmail her family.  Dodger and the gang rescue her.  The end of the movie has a huge car chase that is pretty fun to watch.  

At the end of the movie Oliver does end up staying with Jenny.  This doesn't surprise me.. she is really sweet to Oliver.  The difference here and the book too is the book is more about class.  Oliver Twist comes from a rich name which allows him in the end to have a better life.  In the movie, Oliver the cat is poor from the start and then ends up living in a well to do family. 

It had been a while since I'd seen this movie... what fun it was to watch again!!!  I love it, though really it doesn't really have too much in it from the book it's based off of I feel.  Be sure to check out my other Project Disney's!
Snow White
Peter Pan
Treasure Planet
Sleeping Beauty
The Great Mouse Detective 
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Princess and the Frog
Beauty and the Beast
Lady and the Tramp
Alice in Wonderland
The Rescuers
The Rescuers Down Under
The Little Mermaid
101 Dalmatians
Fantasia 2000
The Jungle Book
The Emperor's New Groove
The Sword in the Stone
The Aristocats
The Lion King 
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
Robin Hood
The Black Cauldron 
Mary Poppins
Lilo and Stitch
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
Make Mine Music
Fox and the Hound 
Melody Time


  1. AHH!! I adored Oliver and Company--especially because of Billy Joel. That just made the movie a million times better for me. :)

    1. I know! I don't think this movie gets as much love as it should!

  2. I really want to re-watch this one. I only saw it once (that I remember) as a kid, but I remember really liking it... but that was before I knew who any of the singers in it were. (And I LOVE Billy Joel!)

    1. I like this one.. and I am glad I re-watched it. I hadn't seen it for a long time too and I loved it just as much this time around.

  3. I think this is the one Disney movie I never saw as a kid! After being scarred by Bambi and the other movies where some animal always died I stayed away from movies with animals in them, ha! Love the gifs, definitely seems like a cute movie!

    1. I am nervous about doing the Bambi Project Disney!! I don't like crying in that movie. Oliver and Company has no death though.. so you will be OK!

  4. I used to love this movie but I haven't watched it since I was a kid. I never made the Oliver Twist connection! Mind. Blown.

    1. LOL! Truth be told I never made the Oliver Twist connection either until Project Disney.

  5. I haven't seen this film which is just terrible! It looks so cute and the star voice talent is enough to make me interested. I'm putting this on my Netflix queue right now!

    1. I can't wait to see what you think about it!!!! Come back here and let me know!

  6. This film is so 1980s! The music, the hair! Lol! It was fun seeing it again!

    1. I loved this movie, and I own it now, but haven't watched it as an adult. I used to have a Tito stuffed animal.

    2. You should re-watch it. I really really enjoyed watching it again. I hadn't watched it as an adult either.