Michael Sauter
September 27, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Oliver & Company

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
G
performer
Billy Joel, Joey Lawrence, Bette Midler, Dom DeLuise, Robert Loggia, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan, Sheryl Lee Ralph
genre
Animation

We gave it a B-

Fancifully based on Dickens’ Oliver Twist, this new-to-video Disney musical follows the adventures of a stray kitty as he hooks up with a motley crew of mutts, then meets a lonely little rich girl who gets kidnapped along with him. During the heroes’ daring rescue, a couple of Dobermans get zapped on subway tracks, but except for that and some shrill vocal shtick by Bette Midler as a pampered poodle and Cheech Marin as a Chihuahua, the rest of this escapade is colorfully benign. Oliver & Company is no Lady and the Tramp — but if you pair it with The Aristocats, you’ll have the purrfect at-home double feature. B-

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