Movie Review: The Adventures of Milo and Otis

This was a childhood favorite as it featured cute animals as they went on a whimsical adventure. Of course, this was before the idea of animal cruelty ever entered my world as now it’s shocking to watch today at what I thought was children’s entertainment.

This is actually a revised version for American audiences. Comprised of four years of footage, it’s an exercise of crossing the line between cute and cruel.

The film follows a cat named Milo and a dog named Otis. Milo accidently is set afloat in a box down a river and over a waterfall unscathed, so it goes. Otis chases after him and fights a bear unscathed, so it goes. Milo is almost run over by a train. Otis rides a turtle through some rough waters. Milo is pecked by seagulls and falls off a cliff into the water below and survives, again, so it goes. He also fights the same bear that Otis did earlier. They both reunite when Milo falls into a deep pit and Otis bails him out. Milo becomes twitterpated and goes off with his new love. Otis does the same. Trapped by the winter, they both have offspring. Everyone then goes back home when spring comes and everything’s fine, so it goes.

Why “so it goes?” Well, it doesn’t look like any of the animals survived. Seriously, look at it. It’s a wonder how this exactly is a kid’s movie. It has cute animals and a plot, though it’s more of a fetch quest. I never really worried about the animals when they were in peril when I saw it as a kid. Now, I’m more concerned about how many animals were used to make the movie after each harrowing encounter.

By the way, this was a video game. Yeah, I’m surprised as you are.

If you’re not a parent, give this a watch just to see what I’m talking about. If you are and your children want to watch it, maybe keep an eye on them during the peril.

6/10

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