Adventures of Milo and Otis, The
Reviewed by Scott Murdock
Rating: 2.5 Beans
ome of you may know this movie as "Chatran", or "The Adventures of Chatran", or even "Koneko monogatari". However, most of you probably know it as "The Advetures of Milo and Otis", the oppressively cute family film about a cat and a dog who become separated and their journey to find each other.
As the film's narrator, Dudley Moore serves as the only human actor in the entire movie. The remainder of the characters are played by dogs, cats, ducks, pigs, chickens, crabs, crawdads, snakes, seagulls, bears, turtles, baby birds, and a wide variety of other domestic animals and wildlife.
The story is pretty simple and mildly interesting, the cat (Milo) and the dog (Otis) have been the best of friends since childhood. Milo is more adventurous and playful, while Otis is more level-headed. One day Milo explores a little too far end ends up accidently drifting down a river. It is up to Otis to go rescue his friend and bring him home.
If you are watching this movie for the story, though, you are missing the whole point of what truly makes this movie so delightful to watch. Sure, go ahead and watch it once for the story. But then, rewind that tape and watch it again. Get that remote ready, you're gonna use that "pause", "rewind", "play", and "slow-motion" over and over. Ready? Here's what you do. Clear your mind of the story, and watch it instead from the point of view that this is a MOVIE, a piece of fiction that somebody, somewhere, PLANNED OUT. Somebody KNEW what they wanted to have happen in this movie, and had to then get the animals to interact in the desired way. Also keep in mind that in 1989 animatronics and computer animation weren't advanced enough to pull off this convincing of a show. With all of this in mind, prepare yourself as "Milo and Otis" turns from a cute family movie into one of the most intense comedy experiences of all time!
* Someone chucks a cat into a box and sends it floating down a river... even through rapids.
* A terrified cat is allowed to be chased by a bear.
* A crab is held to a cat's nose until it finally pinches the cat.
* Heavy objects are dropped on a bear's head.
* Live birth of puppies is shown.
* A dog is forched to fend off a snake.
* A cat is pushed off a pier into the river.
* A cat is covered in soot until it is sneezing and then stuffed into a chimney.
* A cat is covered in flour.
* Both a dog and a cat are forced to wander in the bitter cold.
* A cat is tormented by angry seagulls.
* And the creme de la creme, the scene you will rewind and watch over and over and over... someone hucks a cat off a cliff and sends it plunging into the ocean waves far below!
Overall I can't really give this movie too bad of a review because kids and animal fans will love it. But, because of the perverse way in which this movie can also be enjoyed, it definitely deserves a look!
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