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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Dodger with sound clips and images.
Dodger is one of the main protagonists of Disney's Oliver and Company who ends up being one of Oliver's best friends. Dodger is a Mongrel/Terrier whom is an exceptionally charismatic dog whom initially only used the kitten Oliver to help him get some hot dogs (even though he had no intention on sharing any with Oliver) but over the course of the film becomes Oliver's Best Friend. Dodger is a very crafty dog whom is the leader of a group of dogs whom are the pets of a petty thief/bum by the name of Fagin. Dodger is based off of the Artful Dodger from Oliver Twist and to an extent Fonzie from Happy Days as a Terrier Dog.
EDITOR'S OPINIONThis Oliver and Company VC is for none other than one of its most prominent stars... DODGER! Lets take a look here shall we?
Billy Joel- While Oliver and Company was not as big as The Little Mermaid but it was a decent success for Disney with Billy Joel is often considered to be a prominent reason why (much like the late great Vincent Price with The Great Mouse Detective). Disney has had a fairly good history of getting then popular musicians in the main voice cast of their animated features and this is one of the better examples of that. Billy was quite a natural for this role as the charismatic mongrel when Dodger is speaking and of course as for Billy's singing for the role well lets just say its a reason why the song "Why Should I Worry?" is a pretty classic example of a song from a Disney Movie. While Disney managed to get Billy Joel for the film because he was really popular during the 80's but Billy Joel agreed to it because he is a big fan of Disney animation growing up and his performance makes that fact pretty easy to tell if I do say so myself.
Frank Welker- Ah yes who knew that Frank's sole role in this show that wasn't just animal noises (though of course that him also doing the dog barks in the song) would be Dodger from Oliver & Company. Anyways while Frank didn't really seem to be trying to sound like Billy Joel but to be honest I didn't really seem to mind as his voice does work with the role fairly well in its own way. I did like on how while Frank doesn't get to do it as often as the likes of Jim Cummings but to me this is good proof that he is actually a fairly good singer as well. So in other words its a pretty good example of Frank's work and is a fine example of the voice work in the show.
Overall Billy Joel's work on the movie is classic but Frank Welker's work on the role is pretty good as well.