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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Day 22: Oliver & Company

Why Should We Worry? We watch Oliver & Company!

1. What movie did you watch?
Oliver & Company. The film is inspired by Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist, and takes the story and puts it in the context of 1980s New York City with animals instead of street kids. The movie was a commercial success and it lead Disney's senior vice president at the time to announce the company's plan to release animated features annually. It was the first Disney animated film to be musical since The Fox and the Hound, and it convinced the company to return to a musical format for its movies (which it did for the next decade, the Disney Renaissance). Fun fact: Oliver and Company was the first Disney movie to use real-world advertised products, such as Coca Cola and USA Today. They were seen in the Times Square scene in the second half of the movie, and they were not paid product placement ads, but were put there by the animators to make the location look realistic. 

2. Have you seen it before/ how long has it been since you last saw it?
Maddie: I haven't seen it since I was very young, probably elementary school age.
Alexis: I've only seen this movie once all the way through, and it was a very long time ago. This was one of the few Disney movies we didn't own on VHS so I really didn't watch it at all.

3. What memories did it recall?
Maddie: For some reason, there were certain scenes I very vividly remembered, specifically when Jenny is cooking for Oliver and the butler watching wrestling at the very end. I also remembered when Dodger gets beat up by Syke's dobermans and got so upset by dogs fighting and hurting other dogs.
Alexis: The only part I really remembered was the song Jenny sings to Oliver. So I guess I have memories of watching that sequence and liking the song, but that's really it!

4. What did you think of it?
Maddie: It was boring to me! It was never my favorite as a kid, probably because I don't like the source material, Oliver Twist, that much, so why would I love an adaptation? Plus, the animation that isn't the animals is very stylized, almost like a New Yorker cartoon...very odd.
Alexis: It's okay, but it definitely doesn't compare to other Disney animal features. The songs were catchy and I think Oliver is adorable, but most of the story is pretty forgettable. Also, the opening sequence of this movie is the saddest thing I've ever seen. It totally beats out the shooting of Bambi's mother for saddest Disney moment in my opinion. Seeing the poor kitten left alone breaks my heart!


5. Favorite moment:
Maddie: I do really love Dodger, what a sweet, if misguided, puppy!
Specifically, Why Should I Worry, was the only song I remembered, probably because it featured Dodger:

Alexis: I agree with Maddie, I think Why Should I Worry and its reprise are my favorite moments, the song is just so catchy!

6. Any other comments:
Maddie: I CAN'T WAIT FOR LITTLE MERMAID NEXT. Also, this was so meh...
Alexis: I don't want to watch this movie again any time soon because I'm still crying over the opening 5 minutes.

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