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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

Complete credited cast:
Dudley Moore ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

English | 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

Gross USA:

$13,299,749

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,299,749
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Québec) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film has been controversial since its release due to allegations of animal abuse, including claims that a number of kittens were killed during filming. Animal advocacy groups were not allowed to supervise during production, so those reports can't be confirmed. However, many have noted that the dangerous conditions the animals were placed in (including footage of a cat falling off of a cliff) were likely due to the filmmakers intentionally putting the animals into those situations. See more »

Goofs

When Milo's kittens are born, there is one calico kitten that is clearly seen while they are indoors. When the cat family goes outside to meet Otis' family, all the kittens are orange and white, like a mixture of Milo and Joyce would actually be. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: Naturally, the sight of a dog and a cat watching an egg brought the usual string of gawkers... and thrill-seekers.
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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 »

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Referenced in Lucas Bros Moving Co: Tales from the Hoodie (2014) See more »

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Impromptu in B flat Major
by Franz Schubert
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A documentary of animal abuse
20 May 2002 | by OpalCatSee all my reviews

Sure, the end result was a very cute movie, but now that I am a parent I would never allow my son to see this film. Every scene includes some horrible thing done to the animal 'actors' in order to get a particular shot. Cats and dogs thrown off cliffs into ocean breakers, riding down whitewater rivers in a box, chased by predators, shaking and wet and caked in snow... it really is a nonstop montage of abusive scenes. The movie was filmed in Japan so it did NOT have the American standard of animal supervision, and it is interesting to note that the disclaimer at the end does NOT say that no animals were harmed.

I would never want my son to think that it was ok to treat animals this way, nor would I want to support the film industry in making films this way. The animals in this movie had no idea that it was all "just pretend" nor did they give consent. They probably thought they were about to die any number of times during the filming, and that is assuming that none did die, which I'm not too sure of.

I think it is important to consider the moral ramifications before viewing this movie or showing it to children.


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