Oliver and Company Oliver and Company


Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Dodger with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Oliver and Company

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.
Created by Pokejedservo on Feb 15 2012
Oliver & Company (1988)
DodgerBilly Joel
Billy Joel
Disney's House of Mouse (2001)
DodgerFrank Welker
Frank Welker


This 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.  



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said at 7:11 AM on Wed Aug 16 2017
No contest here. Billy Joel is a perfect fit for Dodger. From the New York accent to the suave attitude and especially the singing. No one else could a better fit for this character.

I kinda have to agree with one of the commenters. I think that might be Jess Harnell doing the singing voice not Frank Welker. Either way they don't live up to Billy.
said at 10:49 AM on Thu Jan 30 2014
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Billy Joel 100% though Frank did not bad.
said at 11:23 AM on Sun Oct 6 2013
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You kidding? Billy Joel WAS this character's voice. Frank Welker was just a stand-in.
said at 4:17 PM on Thu May 16 2013
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Billy was better with Dodger cause he brung Dodger's personality abd Dodger's singing voice was better than Frank Welker.

Frank Welker- Even tho he just sang , Billy was better.
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said at 8:19 PM on Sun Feb 19 2012
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Billy just made that song so catchy and had a performance that was very memorable. Frank is a great VA but that song just sounds werid, the barks make sound like it's censoring the song and it ruins the flow of the song. Anyway the voice sounds alright, I do like that he didn't try to imitate Billy's voice and makes it his own but doesn't come off as smoothly as Billy's.
said at 3:52 AM on Fri Feb 17 2012
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Although I have nothing to prove it, I'm pretty positive that is Jess Harnell, not Frank Welker doing Dodger's singing in House of Mouse.
said at 8:17 AM on Wed Sep 19 2012
@Cypo I don't think so. Try to picture Fred Jones from Scooby Doo doing the singing instead of Dodger. You can hear that it's the same base for the voice.
said at 2:23 PM on Wed Sep 19 2012
@Joop @Joop No, I am dead positive that is Jess, not Frank. I can pull up songs Jess has done, and it matches up. Try looking up "Junkyard Society" from Lady and the Tramp to and compare the two.
said at 7:12 PM on Thu Feb 16 2012
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Normally I love Frank Welker, but Billy Joel is just too classic for me not to vote for him. He had more attitude to his voice and I liked his higher pitch and slight accent whereas Frank's voice sounded a little too deep for me, it felt off somehow...that and Billy's song was much catchier.

Sorry Frank, I love your work, I really do, but your performance here just didn't really do much for me, so I'm giving the edge to Billy Joel.
said at 5:44 PM on Thu Feb 16 2012
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Billy Joel
He sounds more natural
said at 6:04 PM on Sun May 20 2012
@MatthewC17 Frank does sound good
said at 3:04 AM on Thu Feb 16 2012
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I vote Billy, although Frank did pretty well.
said at 10:10 PM on Wed Feb 15 2012
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I am giving my vote to Billy Joel out of respect to his rarity in voice acting.
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