Oliver and Company – Read Along Story book – A young cat named Oliver is left alone in a kitten box, while all the other young cats have new owners. A big dog named Dodger shows him how to get food and later Oliver lives with him, his owner Fagin and Fagin’s other dogs Tito, Rita, Einstein, and Francis. Fagin has one problem besides being broke he owes a nasty man named Sykes a lot of money. If he can’t pay it back he’s in big trouble. While Oliver runs into a little girl named Jenny who becomes his new owner which he is happy with and later Sykes sees Jenny as the key for him to get his money.
Cast and characters from the full movie version were…
Joey Lawrence as Oliver: An orange orphaned kitten who is looking for a home. He joins Fagin’s gang of dogs before being taken in by Jenny. He also saves her life from the cruel loan-shark, Sykes.
Billy Joel as Dodger: A charming, mischievous Jack Russell Terrier. He claims to have considerable “street savoir-faire”. He is the leader of Fagin’s gang of dogs, and is Oliver’s first acquaintance, as well as his eventual best friend and guardian. He is the object of Rita’s affection.
Cheech Marin as Tito: A tiny yet brave Chihuahua in Fagin’s gang. He has a fiery temper for his size, and rapidly develops a crush on Georgette (although she is initially repulsed by him).
Richard Mulligan as Einstein: A grey Great Dane and a member of Fagin’s gang. He is named ironically as he is not particularly bright, representing the stereotype that Great Danes are friendly but dull-witted.
Roscoe Lee Browne as Francis: A bulldog with a British accent in Fagin’s gang. He appreciates art and theatre, particularly Shakespeare. He also detests anyone abbreviating his name as “Frank” or “Frankie” (which Tito frenquently does).
Sheryl Lee Ralph (Ruth Pointer, singing) as Rita: An Afghan Hound and the only female dog in Fagin’s gang. She is street-wise and takes Oliver under her wing.
Dom DeLuise as Fagin: A lowly thief who lives on a barge with his dogs. He desperately needs money to repay his debt with Sykes. Because of his economic situation, he is forced to perform criminal acts such as pick-pocketing and petty theft, but in truth he is kind-hearted and genial.
Taurean Blacque and Carl Weintraub as Roscoe and DeSoto respectively: Sykes’s violent Doberman Pinschers who have a volatile history with Dodger and his friends. Roscoe is the apparent leader, while his brother DeSoto seems to be the more threatening of the two. Both of them are killed in the climax by falling onto the electric rail tracks while fighting with Dodger. Roscoe wears a red collar and DeSoto wears one that is blue.
Robert Loggia as Sykes: A mean-spirited, savage loan-shark and shipyard agent who lent a considerable sum of money to Fagin and expects it paid back. He is finally defeated at the end of the film when his car (with him in it) is hit by a train.
Natalie Gregory (Myhanh Tran, singing) as Jennifer “Jenny” Foxworth: A considerate, rich girl who takes care of Oliver.
William Glover as Winston: The Foxworth family’s bumbling but loyal butler.
Bette Midler as Georgette: The Foxworth family’s show-winning poodle; vain and spoiled, she becomes jealous of Oliver but eventually accepts him and Fagin’s gang. When Tito displays his attraction to her, she initially responds with revulsion. At the end, however, she displays considerable attraction to Tito, so much, in fact that she sends him running for his life when she tries to bathe, dress and groom him.
Frank Welker as Louie: An aggressive hot dog vendor who appears early in the film when Oliver and Dodger steal his hot dogs. He is described by Dodger as “a well-known enemy of the four-legged world”, meaning that he hates both cats and dogs.
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