Growing up, I lived in a rented two-family duplex, and we weren’t allowed to have pets. My grandmother, who lived nearby, sometimes had German Shepherds. And as I got older, my uncle bred Rotties. So there were dogs around, and I loved them, but I didn’t have a pup of my very own until I was about 10.
Which may help explain why, as a five-year-old sitting in a movie theatre with my dad, I totally and completely fell in love with Oliver and Company. And it’s remained one of my top five animated films of all time ever since. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on a copy of Oliver & Company: 25th Anniversary Edition recently. And not only so I could share the special features with you. (Although that’s exactly what I am about to do.)
The Making of Oliver and Company
This may be one of my favorite special feature EVER. It’s hilariously old school–from the narrator to the the not-at-all-remastered footage. As a big childhood fan of the film (I was five when it came out), it was really fascinating to see all of the actors next to their animated characters … because the last time I gave the characters serious thought, it never would have occurred to me that they were real people. And as an adult fan of animation, it was pretty crazy to see a very young George Scribner (um … PhilharMagic and Lion King, yo) talk about casting Billy Joel.
Bonus Pluto Shorts
It seems Disney toons have gone to the cats and dogs! Seriously, though, I love how well these shorts pair with the feature film! Here, we have two Pluto-centric shorts–and in Lend a Paw, the cat Pluto plays with even looks a lot like Oliver! And Mickey? He’s sort of hilariously mean to Pluto here … a huge departure from modern Mickey. In 1950’s Puss Cafe, we see an almost Warner Bros-style cartoon in the same vein as Chip and Dale. It’s super cute, and I really loved the “action” sequence at the end. It’s worth a watch.
The special features also include a sing along with the film option, a cute featurette on Disney’s animated animals as well as some publicity materials from the original film. Fun stuff all–and the publicity materials are so adorably dated that they really added a fun dimension to this DVD for me.
And maybe they’ll add a fun dimension to your viewing experience as well. Order your copy of Oliver & Company: 25th Anniversary Edition today!
What’s your favorite underrated Disney film? Let us know in the comments!
Disclosure: I received this DVD free of charge from Disney. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my own experience.