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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.


Masanori Hata


Masanori Hata (story), Mark Saltzman (screenplay)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Dudley Moore ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chatran ... Self
Kyôko Koizumi ... Poetry Recitation (voice)
Pû ... Self
Shigeru Tsuyuki Shigeru Tsuyuki ... Narrator (voice)


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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Milo is one lucky cat. He's got nine lives and a best friend. See more »


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Did You Know?


Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. This doesn't matter in the slightest because Panavision is a brand, not a format. See more »


When Milo is a kitten and a young adult his eyes are yellow, but when Milo becomes a bit older his eyes change to green, and then the eyes are back to yellow again. This is before the Milo ends up in the box on the river. See more »


Narrator: Sometime later, during the last weeks of the long winter, Joyce was making preparations. The time was drawing near.
Milo: [about her soon-to-come babies] You okay, Joyce? Want some more dinner? Remember, you're eating for eight now.
Joyce: Milo... Milo, I think it's time.
Milo: Okay! Remember the way to breathe?
[Joyce breathes deeply]
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Alternate Versions

Original Japanese version runs 90 minutes; American version adds a narration by Dudley Moore and is shortened to 76 minutes. See more »


Referenced in Weeds: Super Lucky Happy (2009) See more »


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Patience Pays Off
17 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I read once where it took the filmmakers four years to make this movie. I don't doubt it. It must have taken great patience to wait and train these animals to do some of these amazing scenes. Where have you ever seen a cat nursing on a pig or a dog hitching a ride on top of a sea turtle, etc.?

There are some incredible scenes involving a number of animals. The scenery here is pretty, too. All of the above means that adults should enjoy this as much as the kids. There is nothing offensive in this nothing....nothing.

Dudley Moore's storytelling narration is a bit annoying in the beginning but settles down and is just fine, even humorous in spots. Overall, he did a credible job. The movie is short but actually could have been better had it been trimmed another 10 minutes to about 80. If you love animals, you really have to check this film out. Even if don't, the footage is so unique it's worth a look.

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

25 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$470,084, 27 August 1989

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| (Québec) | (Ontario)

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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