Oliver and the Artful Dodger

Oliver and the Artful Dodger is a 1972 American animated television film and a sequel to Charles Dickens' 1838 novel Oliver Twist.[1] It was broadcast as part of The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie and originally aired in two parts on October 21 and 28, 1972.[2]

Oliver and the Artful Dodger
Written byBlanche Hanalis
Directed byJoseph Barbera
William Hanna
StarringMichael Bell
Lucille Bliss
Richard Dawson
Michael Evans
Pam Ferdin
Bernard Fox
Joan Gerber
Anna Lee
Ronald Long
Gary Marsh
Don Messick
Darryl Pollack
John Stephenson
Ngaire Thomson
Jon Walmsley
Theme music composerHoyt Curtin
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersJoseph Barbera
William Hanna
Running time90 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
Original release
ReleaseOctober 21, 1972 (1972-10-21) (Part 1)
October 28, 1972 (1972-10-28) (Part 2)

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In 1860, Mr. Brownlow lies dying. In his final moments, he reveals to Oliver Twist that his will, leaving his entire estate to Oliver, is concealed in a secret drawer in his bedroom furniture. However, he dies before he can reveal its exact location. Overcome with grief, Oliver flees the house.

When he returns, he finds that, without the will, the estate has been awarded to Mr. Brownlow's only living relative- his criminal nephew Sam Sniperly. Sniperly has sold the house and the furniture. Homeless again, Oliver wanders the streets of London until he encounters his old friend the Artful Dodger, who has reformed from his previous criminal ways and now works as a costermonger to support a group of orphans that he has rescued from Mr. Bumble's workhouse.

Upon hearing of Oliver's predicament, he volunteers to help. They search for the furniture dealer who completed the sale and learn that it was sold to a Master Dreadly, to furnish his country manor. They decide to travel to the estate on foot to attempt to retrieve the will, but they're followed by Sniperly, who plans to destroy the will to preserve his claim.

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Home media edit

Oliver and the Artful Dodger was released on VHS. It is available on DVD as part of Warner Archive's Hanna-Barbera Specials Collection set, released September 15, 2015.[3]

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  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 55. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1989). Animated TV Specials: The Complete Directory to the First Twenty-Five Years, 1962-1987. Scarecrow Press. pp. 294–295. ISBN 0-8108-2198-2. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  3. ^ Hanna-Barbera Specials Collection (MOD) | WBShop.com