The Adventures of Milo and Otis Reviews
As an adult it's not very engaging but more interesting how much they achieved with just an all animal cast.
It was a massive hit in Japan & did strong internationally. It's cute & has a charm and will appeal to children with an attention span.
Milo and Otis are best friends on the farm. One day, Milo embarks on an adventure he believes is all his own; however, Otis will not allow him to stray from the farm on his own. Otis tracks down Milo and saves him on several occasions without Milo even noticing. Eventually they meet up and finish the adventure together, as best friends.
"At least he finally found out he's a chicken."
Masanori Hata delivers the Adventures of Milo and Otis in his directorial debut (and this is the only movie on his resume). The storyline for this picture is very fun and the film feels like a children's book. The animals and the way they interacted were amazing and very well done by Hata and his team.
"Milo was trouble from the very beginning."
We came across this movie on Netflix and recently got a puppy so I thought this would be a fun film to watch with my daughter. She giggled throughout the film and found it fairly entertaining. It definitely kept her attention. This is borderline worth adding to your DVD collection.
"Dreams will surely come..."
For instance (quoting from the animalsmattertoo article):
*A kitten or cat is thrown from an [extremely high] cliff into the ocean. This cat does his utmost to survive; he hits the turbulent water and immediately starts swimming for dear life. (This is where the American version cuts) He makes it to the rocks where the cliff meets the sea and starts climbing back up the perilous cliff. Halfway up, he slips and falls back into the ocean. The film-makers cut away. It is clearly another soaking-wet cat who we see safely on the beach in the next scene. Gee I wonder what happened to the first cat?
* A cat is sent down the rapids of a raging river in a flimsy little box while Dudley Moore drunkenly jabbers, "Oh dear me! Oh my! Goodness!" The cat is terrified. The box goes over a small-to-medium waterfall, with the cat inside. This cat seems to have survived this part of its ordeal, in a great deal of vocal stress. The box continues down the river. The film-makers cut away.
The problem with the film is that it capitalizes on putting animals in dangerous situations and exploits their distress. "No animals were harmed in the making of this film" does NOT appear in the credits.