Disney+ Battle | Oliver and company against Ratatouille
We’re back for another Disney+ battle, and this week there’s a big disparity between the two films. One is the final film in Disney’s Bronze Age of Animation. It was a way to tell a classic literary tale using dogs and cats. The other is a popular Pixar film that teaches culinary tastes and turns to the individual least likely to complete a task. We are going to compare “Oliver and company” and “Ratatouille”.
The main character of “Oliver and Company” is Oliver, the only cat in a litter who is not adopted and ends up on the streets. He learns from a dog called Dodger how to survive until he is adopted by a rich girl. He is later “rescued” by Dodger but ends up part of a scheme that leads to the girl’s kidnapping. Oliver, Dodger and the rest of the crew must save her. In “Ratatouille”, the main character is Rémy, a rat who dreams of being a chef. After separating from his family, Remy finds himself in Paris where he helps a new worker at Gusteau become a chef and helps save the restaurant’s reputation before it is closed due to rats. Both are excellent protagonists, but I think Remy is a bit better as the main character. Point to “Ratatouille”.
Olivier and Company 0 | Ratatouille 1
The main villain of “Oliver and Company” is Bill Sykes, a loan shark who loaned Fagin money and wants him back. He has his dogs attack Dodger, kidnaps Jenny when Fagin decides to surrender Oliver rather than ransom him, and ends up dying during the rescue attempt when the wagon he is in is hit by a train on the Brooklyn Bridge. That’s quite the story arc. The villain of “Ratatouille” is Chef Skinner. He directs Gusteau after Gusteau’s death and rams him into the ground. Once he learns that Linguini is Gusteau’s son, he tries to stop him from taking over and he constantly tries to find Remy. Eventually, he ends up having Gusteau shut down when he calls the health inspector due to a rat problem. He’s ambitious and condescending, but Sykes is downright evil. Point to “Oliver and company”.
Olivier and Company 1 | Ratatouille 1
3. SECONDARY CHARACTERS
There are a lot of good supporting characters in both movies. In “Oliver and Company”, Dodger, Tito and Georgette steal the show. In “Ratatouille”, the story between Linguini and Collette, the contention of Anton Ego, the ghost of Gusteau who encourages Remy to pursue his dream, and the incredible team of rats, led by Remy’s brother, Emil, are unbeatable in this battle. Point to “Ratatouille”.
Olivier and Company 1 | Ratatouille 2
“Oliver and Company” features a superb song, “Why Should I Worry”, wonderfully sung by the incomparable Billy Joel. On top of that, the score goes a long way towards making you feel like you’re in the heart of a less than desirable section of a big city when you’re in Fagin and Dodger’s lair and it makes you feel like of being in an upscale part of town once Jenny adopted Oliver. It does its job, and it does it well. But the music of “Ratatouille” is just better. It really feels like Paris. It does more than just set the scene for the town; it also moves the story forward better than the music of “Oliver and Company”. Point to “Ratatouille”.
Olivier and Company 1 | Ratatouille 3
5. MEMORABLE MOMENTS
This is the most subjective of these categories. For me, the memorable parts of “Oliver and Company” are “Why Should I Care,” Tito getting zapped, Oliver meeting Georgette, Dodger “saving” Oliver, and Jenny’s final rescue. As for “Ratatouille”, I find Gusteau, Remy controlling Linguini, Skinner’s attempts to find Linguini, the rats kidnapping the health inspector and Skinner, and Ego’s love of ratatouille to be memorable. Point to “Ratatouille”.
Olivier and Company 1 | Ratatouille 4
So “Ratatouille” wins this battle, which does not surprise me. “Ratatouille” is one of the many Pixar films still talked about today while “Oliver and Company” seems to be one of the most forgotten Disney films. But I’ll throw it to you. Which of these films do you prefer?