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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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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 »


Certificate:

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: Milo reflected on the family he'd stayed with.
Milo: Geez... no wonder they call them *pigs!*
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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 Weeds: Super Lucky Happy (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Of Foreign Lands and People
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Schumann
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A terrifying example of cinematographic blindness
12 May 2001 | by TurandotSee all my reviews

Chatran has the only merit to show how far you can go to earn a fistful of miserable bucks. Sacrificing a dozen cats who never asked for anything does not represent my conception of bringing fantasy and entertainment to an audience. "Sure, let's throw the cat from the roof and put it on film, I'm sure the kids will love it!" I'm not saying that no animal was ever harmed on any other shooting that this one, but there's a difference between a horse with a broken leg and five cats thrown from a cliff until one survives and the sequence is wrapped up. (I'm not making this up.) Watching Chatran is like witnessing scientific experiments on animals with the medics laughing their heads off in the background. Except here, the only goal is to make money. The ultimate hypocrisy is that it's supposed to be a charming and moving story with big moral issues about life... To think that the director of this thing is one of the most talented and popular writers in Japan really has me wondering. A sickening experience of cinematographic lobotomy. Blindness is dangerous. Stay aware.


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