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Parents' Guide to

The Adventures of Milo and Otis

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Lovable pet tale about friendship despite differences.

Movie G 1989 76 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 48 parent reviews

age 18+

Awful animal abuse

We tried watching the first few minutes of it with our daughter, and it’s chock full of animal abuse. How awful.
age 2+

Good but bad..

This movie is so touching and I loved it as a child but the movie was made from animal cruelty’s and that’s just not acceptable. I was so disappointed and shocked when I heard and saw what this movie did.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (48 ):
Kids say (41 ):

In terms of spunkiness, Milo is one of the most high-spirited rascals in children's cinema. Dudley Moore provides the voice of Milo, Otis, and the narrator: he's alternatively excited and droll, speaking for each animal character and providing amusing commentary. Like many adventure tales, The Adventures of Milo and Otis is a coming-of-age story: they leave home for the first time, undergo tests of their courage and friendship, and return ready to accept responsibility. The movie also addresses the cyclical nature of life, demonstrating that birth and death are part of the process. We see animals born and eaten; Milo catches a trout, the raccoon shows up and steals the trout, only to have a bear show up and claim it for himself. Thus, although the animals here have human voices, the movie acknowledges their place in the natural world. Above all, this is story of a friendship. Cat and dog are there for each other in the end. The movie places great value on overcoming differences, suggesting that if Milo and Otis can do it, so can people.

Unfortunately, after the film's release, animal-rights groups in Australia and Europe accused the Japanese filmmakers of cruelty and of killing or injuring the various cats and dogs used in the production for the benefit of the movie's plot. The American Humane Society attempted to investigate the allegations, but nothing was confirmed except for the fact that the movie does not depict any animal injuries or deaths.

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