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Oliver and Company Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Can't compete with Disney classics, but still fun.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some scary moments, but kids will appreciate the way that Oliver takes care of himself and the way that the dogs take care of him, each other, and their human friend, the hapless Fagin.

  • Families can talk about how this animated story compares to the Dickens classic about Oliver Twist.

The good stuff
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    Messages: This rag-tag bunch of dogs represents all corners of New York City's diverse neighborhoods. But some of the one-liners, particularly from Tito can seem stereotyped, though not necessarily offensive.

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    Role models: Not applicable

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Youngest viewers might be frightened by some of the threats that Mr. Sykes puts forth. He's even shown loading an automatic weapon with a cartridge of ammunition.

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    Sexy stuff: Not applicable

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    Language: Not applicable

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    Consumerism: Some signs in the city backdrop look like recognizablebrands, but nothing is discernable. Georgette is very pampered. Jenny is aprivileged child, but her parents are never home to care for her.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Mr. Sykes smokes a cigar. The smoke wafts about, surrounding him in a yellow haze.