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April 12, 2009

The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986) – Film Review

Filed under: Animal,Film Review — smackamack @ 8:24 pm


Plot: 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

41ftmovie2This was such a treat! I don’t know what made me think to watch this movie…but I didn’t remember it, so I decided to watch it seeming it had a cute cat and puppy.  Anyway, it was a fabulous surprise.  If you haven’t seen this film since you were a kid…GO WATCH IT AGAIN!  Here are some things I didn’t know as a kid:

The film is actually Japanese and was re-edited and narrated a few years after its release for English audiences.

It’s narrated by none other than Dudley Moore!!!!!!!

It took 4 years to acquire all the amazing footage.

The director was a documentary filmmaker…thats why the film looks the way it does with a voiceover.  

The sad thing is…supposedly there was some animal cruelty and maybe up to 20 kittens were killed in the making.  But is that surprising?  They had dogs riding turtles, cats falling from cliffs, cats fighting real bears…I mean, the footage was amazing, but also pretty deadly.

Anyway, I am choosing to ignore the animal cruelty rumors because the film itself is absolutely fantastic.

Loved it…recommend it to everyone, 4/5 stars.



  1. i loved this movie as a kid!
    honestly, so heartwarming and magical…
    i wonder where i could get my hands on a copy..
    because even as a 25 year-old I can’t help but love the story about a simple but enduring friendship.


    Comment by jennztar — May 15, 2009 @ 7:39 pm | Reply

  2. I LOVE this movie, but haven’t seen it for years. Must find it to show to my kids!

    Comment by Expat Mom — July 18, 2009 @ 8:38 am | Reply

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