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"The Adventures of Milo and Otis"

Farfetched this will sound: I believe this film was where one of my favorite cartoons from Nickelodeon CatDog likely derived from. Nothing but a sweet, nice film featuring adorable animals, in this case a cat and a dog, pursuing an adventure that we'll never forget. Because cats and dogs are natural enemies, like a snake and a mongoose, seeing two of them doing whatever it takes to save the other marks what true friendship really makes, portraying such in this classic film.

First scene sets in a barn where the animals sleep soundly. Introduced by the narrator is the farm cat who gave birth to kittens, all of whom are well behaved...except one. It's Milo—the most mischievous kitten of all, getting into trouble. Outside the cat family, Milo met a pug puppy named Otis, and without a doubt, both became true best friends. Once the kittens aged a bit, they all left the hayloft to go out, as the mother cat goes to the dock to tell the kittens not to play around that area. Milo continues to play along, then falls into the river off the dock! Mother cat was aggravated but dives in to save Milo, and does. Milo thought that was fun but mother cat didn't want Milo to push on with any more trouble.

Like how we were during youth, Milo grew old enough to play by himself, as he and Otis play a funny game of hide and seek. Afterward, the duo hear trouble in the Hen House, where a chicken kicks out the whole flock out of the place. It's Gloria the Chicken, and she wanted to be alone. She suddenly lays an egg, in which Otis was assigned to take care of it. Meanwhile, a frog warns Otis that Milo is up to trouble once again. Milo climbs atop a tree when he hears annoying sounds. It's a bird who can't stop tweeting (no, not the Twitter Bird) as Milo comes over and hilariously smacks the bird to shut up. Suddenly, Milo finds a crab and plays around with it. Smacking and slapping it, the crab clamps Milo's lip leaving the poor cat in pain. A realization struck the duo when both Milo and Otis forgot about the egg!

Running back to the barn, they find a trespasser observing the egg—a hedgehog. After kicking the hedgehog out, Milo witnesses the egg shaking. It begins to hatch! Peaking through, it's a hatchling! After getting out of its shell, it first sees Otis thinking the pug is its mother. Otis informs the chick he's not the parent but it thinks he is. With Otis teaching the adorable chick to be a dog, it joins up the chickens to finally figure out its real identity (we've all got to deal with reality some time).

Milo runs at the dock where his mom first showed him and the other kittens. Otis isn't up for anything knowing trouble is near. Milo runs into a crawfish in the dock wondering if he could eat it (Milo, if you travel to Louisiana, they'll be happy to tell you how to eat crawfish). Otis, deciding to hang around the dock, gets pinched on the butt, flying in the air and into the river as the ducks all laugh! Otis runs into land and dries up when he noticed his best friend Milo is missing. Milo popped up from the wooden box stationed near the dock, playing another game of hide and seek. However, the box Milo is in begins sailing through the river, as Otis grows uneasy about this. Twice, Otis tried to swim and save Milo but no good; Milo continues to sail and sail until he himself starts feeling lost, unable to find his way out and back to the farm. Along the way, he fiddles with a hungry bear when the day turns into night. In the morning, Milo finds cows but doesn't recognize them from the farm.

For Otis, he's still sniffing the trail alongside the river to search for Milo but to no avail. He eventually runs into Deadwood Swamp—an area so barren with trees dry and crackled. Otis finally found the box where Milo was sailing in, guarded by a bird. Barking the bird out of the way, Otis finds nothing in the box besides a black feather. Milo is gone!

Having escaped unscathed, Milo runs into a field trying to find food having gone hungry ever since. Up a tree, he sees a fox from afar who's stuffing its food—muskrat—underground to save for dinner. After running away, Milo sneaks by and digs the ground to get a few bites from the fox's dinner! On the other side, Otis continues to search when he asked mussels on the beachside for help, as the mussels didn't even want to talk. The winds begin picking up and the tides ashore start raging in; It starts to rain. Milo found a place to stay dry, hoping to see Otis; However, Otis is trapped on a rock surrounded by water! When the water calms a bit, a nice sea turtle offers Otis some help, and swims him to shore riding on its shell. After thanking the turtle, Otis runs into a familiar animal: the fox! It wanted someone to play with and jokes with Otis for a bit.

Having dried up, Milo is lost again running into what looks like a railroad track. A train is coming by and Milo is in the tracks, but luckily ducks safely and continues on. Looking for more food and drink, Milo runs into a deer. The deer helps the sweet cat by guiding him to a small pond for a drink. Yet another long day, Milo rests up right next to his new friend—possibly the sweetest scene ever! While Otis continues on search for Milo, it's nighttime and Milo, atop a tree, is eye-to-eye next to an owl telling him that he's trespassing. After a quick exchange, the owl kindly let Milo cozy up to its nest, where he began having a dream—a dream where he was back in the farm with Otis (dreams do come true, Milo).

It is then Milo hear cries for help. He thought it was a field rat, who was snatched for dinner by a night owl. Milo followed the cries as he ran into a piglet! The piglet is lost and needs to find its way back to its family, which Milo kindly and successfully did! To repay the kindness, the mother pig let Milo sleep with the family back at their residence and gave him breakfast. Milo, appreciating the kindness to his new friends, strolls along hanging around another stream. He wanted some trout and catches one, while a raccoon looking onward steals it from Milo! The bear smells the fish and wanted it as well, but instead, wanted Milo! Quickly hanging on a branch, Milo shoves away the bear as it fell from the tree.

Hunger kicks in once again, and Milo sees and decides to snatch seagull eggs. The seagulls sense a cat in the area looking to steal some eggs, when the whole flock begin attacking Milo! In desperation, Milo escapes jumping off the cliff and dives right into the water. Running back to shore, Milo finds a shack where he could finally be safe and sound...only to find the bear yet again! The bear tries to catch Milo through the drawers but no good. With no choice, sitting on top of the cabinet, Milo jumps onto the shelf where a heavy ball, likely a bowling ball, rolls down and hits the bear on the head! The bear, confused on what hit him, runs away, as Milo exhaled a sigh of relief. Milo climbs into another tree thinking he's safe...when a slithering snake crawls up behind him! Milo, toying with the snake, then falls into a hole and is trapped! Crying and meowing for help, Milo could not be heard except one: Otis! Breaking off tree branches, and using a piece of rope, Otis successfully saves his best friend Milo from the hole!

The duo is back together again, when they both hear a cry: it's the cry of a beautiful, white cat named Joyce. Milo was head over heels as Milo wanted to bring Joyce back to the farm. Otis, not being comforted enough with attention by his best friend, decides to leave and go on his own. Winter hits and Milo and Joyce settle inside a small cave underneath. On the other hand, Otis decides to go on his own running through the cold when he heard a cry from afar—it's Sandra! Otis was being silly, gone head over heels for Sandra, finally figuring out why Milo acted in such way when he met Joyce (see what Love does to a man when they see a woman they like?). Otis also finds a residence where he and Sandra stay in for now, until the Spring season arrives.

Knowing the simple process of how we fall in Love, something happens: Joyce is pregnant and gives birth to kittens! Oddly enough, that very same day, Sandra, too, is pregnant and gave birth to pups! Otis was so happy and proud, he kept running in and out of their habitat. Looking to support his family, Otis goes out in the cold to find food for the family, when Sandra, waiting, is a bit nervous because Otis has been out for so long. Otis nearly gave up and froze to death, when he got back up determined to help his new family, then runs into a cabin. Calling for food, someone pops up from the window: it's Milo! Like best friends, Milo pre-prepared a long rack full of fish that Otis happily takes, as he runs back to his family to feed.

After agreeing prior, both Milo and Otis meet in the Spring season to introduce their families together. Shy at first, the pups and the kittens got along, much like how Milo and Otis got along when they were young. Milo then stops all the fun and talk, when he finally runs into the main road—the road that leads back to the farm! The film ends with credits and soundtrack.

With a doubt, the most heart-cozy film one can ever watch. The music, the cinematography and the animals themselves are a joy and fun to watch. The dialogue blended well with the actions, and it's a lot of fun.

Only a few things: even though it was a quick shot, I didn't want to see Joyce actually giving birth; The same for Sandra. This may not sit well with some folks, especially kids, but I'd thought I'd mention; It's very much like seeing an actual woman giving birth. And although seeing women with their legs open casts an aroma for eroticism, women with legs wide open when giving birth can be hard to watch (though for us men wanting kids someday, we'll have to overcome it). Also, with the narration, the film audibly felt like an audiobook with no voiceovers covering for each animal. Nowhere in the credits did it state that this may have been based off of a book/novel, but it felt that way. Nevertheless, it worked and it wasn't too big a deal.

In the credits, if any of you read them, the sounds were "rerecorded by" the Toho Sound Center. Yes, Toho is the production company known for their popular film series Godzilla.

On the back of the DVD, it says "Mastered in High Definition." This IS NOT in high definition widescreen, although it was later remastered for Blu-Ray.

Whether it's for your kids, or you're simply an animal lover, this is an excellent film to add to your DVD collection. There are NO signs of people in the film whatsoever, so you'll get fun, dramatic and hilarious bits from the adorable animals out of this film.

Highly recommended!





  • Real, live-action movie featuring such adorable animals.
  • Simple, but cute story.
  • Truly a family-friendly movie.
  • While the original source was in high definition, there wasn't a need to mention about HD (given that DVD is Standard Definition).
95% (A)
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Title The Adventures of Milo and Otis
Description A curious kitten named Milo and his inseparable friend, a pug-nosed puppy named Otis, tumble through one exciting escapade after another in THE ADVENTURES OF MILO AND OTIS, a heartwarming live action film. Milo and Otis start life together on a farm and spend their days exploring the barnyard and the surrounding countryside. One day, the little feline is swept down a rushing river and Otis takes off in pursuit to rescue his friend, thus beginning a series of adventures. THE ADVENTURES OF MILO AND OTIS, which took four years to complete, is a film that will delight both the young and young at heart.
ISBN / Bar Code number 0-7678-2776-7
Video Format 1.33:1 (4:3) / Full screen
Audio Format Dolby Digital
Disc Count One (1)
Language(s) English (Dolby Surround), Spanish
Genre Family
Subtitles English, Spanish, French
Rated G - General Audiences
Region Region 1 - NTSC
Specification Color
Features [MAIN MENU]: (1. Play Movie, 2. Languages, 3. Subtitles, 4. Scene Selections, 5. Special Features) [PLAY MOVIE], [LANGUAGES]: (1. English 2-Channel, 2. Spanish Mono), [SUBTITLES]: (1. English, 2. Spanish, 3. French, 4. Subtitles OFF), [SCENE SELECTIONS]: (1. Start, 2. Up In the Hayloft, 3. Swept Away, 4. New Hiding Places, 5. Gloria's First Egg, 6. The Egg Hatches, 7. Cat Cruise, 8. The Bear, 9. Riding The Rapids, 10. Dog Marching Song, 11. The Deadwood Swamp, 12. The Sea Turtle, 13. Otis and the Fox, 14. The Deer, 15. The Screech Owl, 16. The Pig, 17. Milo's Fish, 18. Escaping The Seagulls, 19. The Shack, 20. The Snake, 21. The Pit Rescue, 22. Joyce, 23. First Snowstorm, 24. Sandra, 25. Parenthood, 26. Caught In The Storm, 27. A Sign of Hope, 28. Spring Arrives), [SPECIAL FEATURES]: (1. Theatrical Trailer, 2. Talent & Filmographies)
Studio Discovery Channel (
Production Fujisankei Communications Production
Company Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Item / Product Number #50149
Closed Captioning --
DVD Release August 31, 1999
Run Time Approx. 75 minutes (Feature film: 1:15:05, Theatrical trailer: 1:28. Total DVD time: 1:16:33)
Copyright © 1999, 2000 Volcano Entertainment III, L.L.C. Manufactured in the United States by Zomba Recording
Other Formats Blu-ray
Quoted Reviews "A heartwarming, tail-thumping story." — The Washington Post
Other Mastered in High Definition
Executive Producer
Haruo Shikanai

Executive in Charge of Production
Hisashi Hieda

Music Composed
Adapted by

Michael Boddicker

Associate Director
Kon Ichikawa

Based on an
Original Story by

Masanori Hata

Screenplay by
Mark Saltzman

Produced by
Masaru Kakutani
Satoru Ogata

Directed by
Masanori Hata

Narrated by
Dudley Moore

Production Planning     Masaki Miyauchi

Assistant Director     Takashi Ueno

Story Consultants to Mr. Hata     Taizo Minamikawa
Shinya Hidaka

Production Coordinator     Sumikazu Okazaki
Shoichiro Ishimaru

Cinematography by     Hideo Fujii
Shinji Tomita

Edited by     Chizuko Osada

Additional Film Editing     Peter Verity
Walt Mulconery

Sound by     Minoru Mobuoka
Tetsuya Ohashi

Rerecorded by     Toho Sound Center

Art Direction     Takeharu Sakaguchi

Lighting     Reijiro Yamashita
Tadashi Tabako

Animal Supervisor     Mikio Hata

Music Editors     Nancy Fogerty
Bill Bernstein

Assistant to the Producers     Akira Sakai

Assistants to Mr. Hata     Shinji Mita
Masayasu Ichikawa
Tsutomu Yamade
Takashi Nagashima

Assistant Camera Operators     Kenji Shibuta
Akifusa Chiba
Kimio Kasama
Shin Nakaido
Mikio Takeuchi

Sound Assistant     Nobuhiro Shibayama

Editing Assistants     Miho Itoga
Mitsuko Saito

Assistant Art Director     Kiyoshi Honda
Yoichi Yamamoto
Katsuhiro Fukuzawa

Lighting Assistants     Masaru Iwasaki
Kazuaki Masuda
Hitoshi Konishi
Hideo Yamaguchi
Masao Miura

Special Effects     Yoshio Kojima

Negative Cutter     Chie Aoki

Production Staff     Yoji Itagaki
Satoshi Sasaki
Akira Matsueda
Tatsuya Kawaguchi

Orchestration by     Thomas Pasatieri

Animal Trainers     Toshiaki Ishikawa
Hiroko Ishikawa
Chikao Nakata
Mieko Hata
Yuji Fujimoto
Etsuko Nakabayashi
Michitaka Komiyama
Takayuki Komiyama
Isao Hiraga
Takeshi Tsuyama
Kazuya Yamamoto
Yoichi Saijo
Keiko Saijo
Masae Onishi
Manabu Mashita
Akiko Yoshikawa
Konomi Hiraoka

Animal Care Supervision     Mutsugoro Animal Kingdom

With Special Thanks to
The Mutsugoro Committee
Dentsu, Inc.
Tokyo Commercial Film
TOA Domestic Air

"Walk Outside"
Written by Dick Tarrier
Performed by Dan Crow

Film Processing by Tokyo Laboratory, LTD.

Post-Production Services Provided by The Burbank Studios

Titles and Optical Effects by Cinema Research Corporation

Filmed in Panavision®

Color by Eastman®

Prints by Deluxe®

Original Version
Copyright © 1986 Fuji Television Network, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

English-Language Version
Copyright © 1989 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

The characters and incidents portrayed and the names
herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name,
character or history of any person is entirely
coincidental and unintentional.

The animals used were filmed under strict supervision
with the utmost concern for their handling.

This motion picture photoplay is protected pursuant
to the provisions of the laws of the United States of
America and other countries. Any unauthorized
duplication and/or distribution of this photoplay may
result in civil liability and criminal prosecution.

A Columbia Pictures Release

Talents & Filmographies

Dudley Moore

Born April 19, 1935, Dagenham, Essex, England
Actor, pianist, composer
TV series: "Beyond the Fringe" (1964), "Not Only...But Also"
(1965), "Dudley" (1993), "Daddy's Girls" (1994)

Oscar® nominee: Best Actor, ARTHUR (1981)

Golden Globe winner (Best Actor, Musical Comedy):
ARTHUR (1981), MICKI & MAUDE (1984)

Masanori Hata

Director, zoologist, author

Pen name: Mutsugoro

Former occupation: documentary filmmaker

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