Pop Goes The Classics – Oliver & Company (1988)

On the twenty-third installment of the Pop Goes The Classics series looking at the Disney animated features, Andy Atherton, Steve Riddle & Mirandia Berthold look at 1988’s Oliver & Company. They discuss the many aspects of the film including: how the adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic is translated in the film; the cast of well-known actors providing the voices; how the movie captures New York City; the modern-day setting; how catchy Billy Joel’s “Why Should I Worry?” is; the obligatory henchmen duo of Roscoe & DeSoto; the bond Dodger and the gang has with each other; the terrifying and ruthless portrayal of Sykes as well as the violence & gruesomeness around his demise and how it is the last release before “the second golden age” of Disney animated films begins.