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Oliver & Company “Good Company” (1988)

As with the Oliver Twist story that inspired this film, our feline Oliver finds himself taken in by a wealthy family after a robbery attempt goes bad. More specifically, Oliver is happily adopted by Jenny Foxworth, who is feeling very lonely since her parents have just let her know they won’t be home from an international trip in time for her birthday. If Jenny seems familiar, that’s because she was originally supposed to be Penny from The Rescuers (1977) who, if you remember, was adopted at the end of the film. An early concept was for Oliver & Company to pick up and continue Penny’s story, but the idea was eventually abandoned.

In “Good Company,” Jenny takes great delight in spoiling her new pet, getting Oliver a collar, and taking him around the park, much to the increasing jealousy of the family poodle Georgette.

You and me together we’ll be
Forever you’ll see
We two can be good company
You and me
Yes, together we two
Together, that’s you
Forever with me
We’ll always be good company
You and me
Yes, together we’ll be

(Instrumental break)

You and me together we’ll be
Forever, you’ll see
We’ll always be good company
You and me
Just wait and see

“Good Company” is the literal definition of a feel-good Disney moment. It’s simply heartwarming to watch Oliver and Jenny enjoy being with each other as they have fun throughout the day. Of course, being a Disney film, you know this won’t last (not if the jealous Georgette has anything to say about it), but it’s fun to enjoy it for now.

What do you think about “Good Company”? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and have a great day!

See also:

Oliver & Company “Why Should I Worry?” (1988)

Disney/Dreamworks/Pixar/etc. Soundtracks A-Z

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Oliver & Company “Why Should I Worry?” (1988)

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Over the years Disney has adapted many classic stories to be told in their animated films. In 1988, the studio released their interpretation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist as Oliver & Company. Set in New York City, this loose adaptation features some familiar characters with an animal twist:

-Oliver (Joey Lawrence) is an orange tabby kitten forced to wander the streets when nobody adopts him.

-Dodger (Billy Joel) is a street-smart canine who eventually takes Oliver under his wing.

Oliver & Company was the last Disney animated film to be released before the launch of the Disney Renaissance with The Little Mermaid the following year. It was originally conceived as a direct sequel to The Rescuers (1977) but when that idea fell through Penny became “Jenny” and any other similarities were dropped.

Oliver meets Dodger when they initially form a partnership to steal some hot dogs. However, once the wisecracking dog has what he wants, he summarily takes off, even though he promised half of the food to Oliver. This is the set up for “Why Should I Worry?” which explains Dodger’s views on life in the big city. To date this is the only time Billy Joel has ever played a character in a film, and during the song Dodger takes on aspects of his voice actor (like donning a pair of sunglasses and playing on a piano):

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One minute, I’m in Central Park
Then I’m down on Delancey Street
From the Bowery to St. Marks
There’s a syncopated beat
Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo
I’m streetwise
I can improvise

Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo

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I’m street-smart
I’ve got New York City heart

Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
I may not have a dime
But I got street savoir-faire

Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
It’s just be-bopulation
And I got street savoir-faire

The rhythm of the city
Boy, once you get it down
Then you can own this town
You can wear the crown

Why should I worry?
Tell me, why should I care?
Say, I may not have a dime
But, oh, I got street savoir-faire

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Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
It’s just doo-wopulation
And I got street savoir-faire

Ev’rything goes
Ev’rything fits

They love me at the Chelsea
They adore me at the Ritz

Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
And even when I crossed that line
I got street savoir-faire

Whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo, whoo

In similar fashion to “The Bare Necessities,” while Dodger easily navigates the city streets, showing off how cool he is, Oliver is barely able to follow along, almost getting into serious trouble multiple times. Dodger is clearly popular and well-known, since everywhere he goes he attracts hordes of dogs to sing along with him. If you look carefully, you’ll also see cameos from Pongo, Jock, Trusty, and Peg (all from 101 Dalmatians) during the song (they’re very short “blink and you’ll miss them” cameos).

“Why Should I Worry?” is a fun song, Billy Joel has you bopping along in no time. Let me know what you think about “Why Should I Worry?” in the comments below and have a great day!

See also:

Oliver & Company “Good Company” (1988)

Disney/Dreamworks/Pixar/etc. Soundtracks A-Z

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