Disney's last pre-Renaissance film demonstrates that it's always darkest before the dawn.
I remembered loving "Why Should I Worry" as a kid, but I recently sat down to rewatch Oliver & Company with my daughter and had to turn it off. I forgot how dark it was! It was a little much for her current age.
Great pop culture analysis as always, Daniel. You're right about this Disney entry's core problems. Truly one of the weakest entries in the "Disney canon."