& Company (1988)
Animated Disney version
of Oliver Twist featuring cats and dogs as Dickens' characters.
With the voices of Dom DeLuise, Bette Midler and Billy Joel.
Stars: Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Bette Midler,
Director: George Scribner
Movie Guide, Sandra Brennan
In this modernized, animated adaptation of Dickens' Oliver Twist,
set in the grim streets of New York City, Oliver is an innocent
kitten trying to survive. He finds himself involved with a gang
of canine crooks owned by the evil human Fagin. One day, Oliver
and his pal the Chihuahua Tito find themselves in a lonely rich
girl's limo. Little Jenny takes to Oliver immediately, leading
the other dogs to believe that he has been kidnapped. They find
him and forcibly "rescue" him. Then Fagin pretends to
hold Oliver hostage so Jenny's parents will pay him a large ransom.
Then a wicked loan shark kidnaps the girl and asks a ransom for
her. — Sandra Brennan