Stray kitten Oliver (Joey Lawrence) falls in with a pack of pickpocket pooches in this animated--and animal-laden--take on Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist.
This classic takes to the streets of New York City to show children that families often come together from the most unlikely places. There are lots of scary moments--kidnappings, chase scenes, threats to life and limb--but kids watching with their own families will feel safe and secure, and eager to adopt a kitten or puppy themselves.
The movie is probably too disturbing for very young viewers, but 2-year-olds will be enthralled by the animals and will watch carefully to see how they survive the mean streets of the big city. They'll also bop along to the infectious songs by Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Huey Lewis and Barry Manilow.
Preschoolers will be sad when Oliver is the only kitten not to be adopted, and they'll worry when he's alone in the rain, chased by dogs and kicked by a street vendor. They may be shocked when his new gang sets up a car accident as a distraction so they can steal food, and you may have to have a conversation with them about right and wrong. After all the mayhem and dangerous situations, children will be very relieved that Oliver ends up in a real home with people who can take care of him.
Older kids probably won't be interested in this animated animal tale, but those on the younger end will understand Oliver's desire to be part of a group. This may be a good opportunity to discuss making good choices and hanging out with the right people.
The combo pack comes with Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions of the movie. Bonus features include segments about the making of the movie, Disney’s animated animals, a scrapbook, Oliver’s Big City Challenge game, two sing-along songs and two bonus shorts.