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The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)

Koneko monogatari (original title)
The adventures of a young cat and a dog as they find themselves accidentally separated and each swept into a hazardous trek.

Director:

Masanori Hata

Writers:

Masanori Hata (story), Mark Saltzman (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Chatran ... Himself
Kyôko Koizumi ... Poetry Recitation (voice)
Pû ... Himself
Shigeru Tsuyuki Shigeru Tsuyuki ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

The story of two animals and their adventures. Milo, the cat, and Otis, the dog, are two animals who grew up together on the same farm. One day, the two are separated and begin a journey to find each other. The adventurous, and often perilous quest finds the two animals traveling across mountains, plains, and snow-covered lands searching for one another. Written by Anonymous

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Remember when you were little and your parents took you to that special movie? Now you can have that experience with your own children. See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Adventures of Milo and Otis See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$470,084, 27 August 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,245,219
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Production Co:

Fuji Television Network See more »
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Runtime:

| (Québec) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was altered from its original Japanese release when it was brought to English speaking countries. A large amount of footage of animals in dangerous, perilous situations (including scenes where it appears the animals are severely harmed and intentionally put into perilous situations) were removed to avoid controversy. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Milo is seen as a very young kitten, perhaps three weeks old, nursing from his mother. When Otis the puppy scrambles up to their nest in the barn, a curious Milo topples over the side of the nest and the two animals meet for the first time. Strangely, from the moment he topples out of the nest to the moment when he lands next to Otis, Milo has aged at least a month! See more »

Quotes

Raccoon: [observing Milo's attempt at fishing] That cat has got to be kidding.
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Alternate Versions

When the film was shown on Sprout the scenes where Joyce and Sondra giving birth to their babies were removed for content. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Just Shoot Me!: Finch in the Dogg House (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Petrushka's Cell
from Petrushka
by Igor Stravinsky
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Very charming, illegal to make in this country
1 November 1999 | by amster1See all my reviews

I saw the english language version. The movie is definitely cute and charming along the lines of "Little Dog Lost", shown now and then on the Disney Channel, with, unfortunately, far less concern shown for the animal actors. It really is engaging and entertaining. However..

The cat in particlar in this one was clearly placed in peril (thrown off a cliff into a lake or similar, sent over falls 10 feet high or so in a wooden box), and thereby completely terrorized. If anyone tried to shoot this in the USA, they'd be shut down instantly. People might go to jail. It's that egregious.

The disclaimer at the end says that "animals were under close supervision with utmost concern for their safety". It does not say that none were harmed, which this disclaimer usually does. I think it likely that animals were killed in the filming of this. "Very sad, big tragedy, bring out the next generic orange tomcat!" The cat (again) seemed to change size now and then, so it certainly could have been replaced now and then, though possibly it just aged.

Cute enough to let the kids watch it, disturbing enough to talk with the kids about how the animal actors were treated.


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