Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library
Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library

Oliver & Company was re-released in theaters on March 29, 1996, and was announced for a home video release in the Fall on April 24, 1996, when The Aristocats shipped to stores. Oliver & Company first appeared in stores on September 24, 1996. This film, along with all the other Masterpiece Collection titles released exclusively in 1996 (Pocahontas, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and The Aristocats), were discontinued as of April 30, 1997.


Disney’s 27th full-length animated masterpiece is "Oliver" with a twist -- artfully blending lovable characters, cool songs and action-packed adventure into a contemporary classic that’s "charming, funny, musical and thrilling"! (ABC-TV) Disney’s hip high-energy tale begins in the concrete canyons of New York City, where Oliver, an adorable orphaned kitten, is befriended by Dodger, a carefree mutt with a certain street savoir faire. The mischievous little cat is welcomed by Dodger’s pack of pickpocket pooches, including dim-witted Einstein, ravishing Rita and live-wire Tito. This ragtag family of misfits runs into trouble when the evil mastermind Sykes -- aided by his two daunting Dobermans -- schemes to kidnap the lonely little rich girl who just adopted Oliver! It’s up to the brave kitten and his newfound friends to race to the rescue in an electrifying chase through the city’s subway system. Boasting five outstanding original songs, the most famous musical talent of any Disney animated feature -- including Billy Joel, Bette Midler and Huey Lewis -- and overflowing with brilliant animation, Oliver & Company is a modern masterpiece you can now add to your Disney collection.

VHS Supplements

Video Creation date
1 Green warning screens September 7, 1991
2 Walt Disney Company intro + Special Preview Bumper (1996) September 24, 1996
3 Trailer for 101 Dalmatians (Live Action) March 1, 1996
4 Disney Interactive Bumper (1996) September 24, 1996
5 Promo for Disney's Activity Center: The Lion King September 24, 1996
6 Walt Disney Company "Coming to Video" Bumper (1996) September 24, 1996
7 Video preview for James and the Giant Peach July 30, 1996
8 Video preview for Muppet Treasure Island September 24, 1996
9 Video preview for Toy Story September 24, 1996
10 Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection logo (with FP voiceover) (1994-1999) April 24, 1996
11 Full Screen Format Disclaimer (1994-2000) January 22, 1994
12 Oliver & Company (restored version) March 29, 1996

Advertised on:

  1. Tom and Huck (May 1, 1996)
  2. While You Were Sleeping (May 1, 1996)
  3. Father of the Bride: Part II (June 11, 1996)
  4. Disney's Sing-Along Songs: Topsy Turvy (June 25, 1996)
  5. Mr. Holland's Opus (July 2, 1996)
  6. Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (July 30, 1996)
  7. Aladdin and the King of Thieves (August 13, 1996)
  8. Muppet Treasure Island (September 10, 1996)
  9. James and the Giant Peach (October 15, 1996)
  10. The Lion King on ABC (November 3, 1996)

In Other Countries

Country of origin Release date
Australia September 3, 1997
United Kingdom September 15, 1997
Japan March 20, 1998
France April 15, 1997

Notice: The actual fact about Oliver and Company is that it was available on VHS in Australia in September 1997, the same date as the UK release. As evidence, this preview for the film was found on the Australian video releases of James and the Giant Peach (1996) and Sleeping Beauty (1959).

Television broadcasts

While the VHS was in moratorium, the film itself aired on the Disney Channel from November 15, 1997 to April 2, 2000.




Preceded by
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (VHS)
Oliver & Company (1996 VHS) Succeeded by
Toy Story (1996 VHS)