Oliver & Company (Scribner, 1988)

I was born and raised a Disney child and I never have grown out of it. Despite this, it has been a while since I’ve seen almost all of the classic animated Disney movies I grew up with. So I have decided I want to watch them all again – in order of release. When I finish, I will rank them all, and hand out my number scores from there.

Oliver & Company (George Scribner, 1988)

Yes, this is the worst of the batch in my re-watch series thus far. Uninspired, flat, and mostly unmemorable best describe this effort. It feels like many of the average kids’ movies I see nowadays in that it has its funny moments, passes the time without being painstakingly bored, but has no real or consequential emotional truth to it. We have two main characters – a cat and a dog – who outside of being the first characters introduced to us, don’t actually even feel like main characters. Their screen time is split almost evenly with all the side characters, making the bond they supposedly have underdeveloped and slightly forced. There is no doubt most of the side characters are more interesting and entertaining, and perhaps the film should have just centered around them.  5.25/10


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