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There are many people who wont watch the seminal splatter flick Cannibal Holocaust because it contains the actual slaughter of animals (which were eaten by the crew), yet they have no problem sitting down and enjoying The Adventures of Milo & Otis, which is alleged to contain the wholesale obliteration of dozens of kittens.
You might think that The Adventures of Milo & Otis, a story about a kitten and a pug having adventures in the wilderness, is one of those great American kid movies. Youd be really wrong, since the film is actually a re-edit of a Japanese movie called Koneko Monogetari: The Adventures of Chatran. Filmed over four years and culled from 400,000 feet of footage, Chatran was seen as a little too Japanese, and the Oscar winning Jim Clark (he won for editing The Killing Fields) took the 70 hours of extra footage and re-arranged it. Clark felt that the original film, which wasnt really a kid movie, was too artsy. Some of the animal on animal violence was toned down, and so was some of the scariest stuff. A scene where the cat (renamed Milo for America) was thrown into the ocean was kept, but what was cut was a lengthy bit where the soaked, terrified animal tried to climb out of the surf and up a cliff.
Wow. Recently rewatched this after loving it as a kid but this time I found it a lot more disturbing so I Googled it and found this. Not the heartwarming family film I remembered.
 

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I have this movie, and I do remember finding it a little odd and disturbing as a kid. I don't know, something about it just seemed off. Now I know why.
 

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Wow. Recently rewatched this after loving it as a kid but this time I found it a lot more disturbing so I Googled it and found this. Not the heartwarming family film I remembered.
I first saw Milo and Otis when I was a bit older, about 15 or 16, and it seemed disgustingly harsh to me then too, actually that was the same year I went veg. I remember the bear scene was awful, you know a cat died in that. Maybe more than one. Then I looked at the country of origin, and the age, and I knew kittens had to be killed for it.
 

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Hmm...

This might explain why my Mom recorded over it.
I was very upset... I loved that movie.
Then one day I put it in the VCR and... and... it wasn't there!


My Mom's a kitty-softie. Maybe she did it on purpose.
 

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I have this movie, and I do remember finding it a little odd and disturbing as a kid. I don't know, something about it just seemed off. Now I know why.
That's interesting. Me too. I only vaguely remember it because I only saw it once. I just remember it not being what I thought it would and not liking it... Like you, now I know why...
 

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Saw it when I was little. Thought it was innocent enough.

I heard about this a bit ago too, really sad.
 

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Yeah, when I was a kid I took it at face value as the basically real life adventures of a cat and dog, I didn't think about the people with cameras behind the scenes putting the animals into these situations.


The first tip off something was wrong while watching it as an adult was an 'adorable' scene where Milo is hiding in various places, and you see this little kitty stuffed into a dirty chimney and some small boxes and then one shot where he's crawling out of a bag of flour and blinking with a bunch of flour obviously in his eyes. It stops being cute when you realize he didn't put himself into those situations at all, these animals were being shoved into places and put in dangerous positions and even thrown off a cliff and pitted against bears, seagulls and a snake for entertainment. Sick stuff. This is NOT a movie I would show my hypothetical children.
 

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I chuckled a bit at "hypothetical children" but I agree.

Now that I think about it... Homeward Bound too... oh God but I love that movie... D:
 

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I chuckled a bit at "hypothetical children" but I agree.

Now that I think about it... Homeward Bound too... oh God but I love that movie... D:
This whole debacle made me think about Homeward Bound so I looked it up and that one seems to check out. They had to comply with all the standard filming rules and regulations and they had supervision on set so they could get that "No Animals Were Harmed During the Making of this Film" credit.

So that's comforting, I learned a bit about it in film school and I know the animals can only work so many hours on set and can't be stressed and stuff too, it's similar to the rules they have with working with kids. So unless you have an issue with dogs and cats working in films at all I think that one is acceptable. I'm curious to rewatch it now and see what I think, I have a feeling it will be a lot less disturbing than my Milo and Otis experience...
 

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Wow, that is a relief. Though the animals were definitely put into some uncomfortable situations, and I have to disagree with that, I'm glad they didn't kill eight of them off for it, and nobody got thrown off a cliff.
 

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That's awful! I haven't seen this movie in a long time, but I watched it a lot as a small child. I loved it, and I always thought the odd situations were just CGI and other things that keep the animals from being put in those situations or being hurt. I even had pets named Milo & Otis. My kitty, a Korat, was crazy and acted very feral. I got him from a shelter and he was about to be put to sleep because the owners, who bought him from a pet store for his rarity, couldn't handle him, and no one else wanted him. He was crazy, loved to explore, and put himself in similar situations to Milo from Milo & Otis (my Korat loved hunting opossums and raccoons), so I named him Milo. I later got a little orange tabby runt who I raised from a young age by feeding him with a kitten bottle, so he looked up to Milo and took after him, and was crazy, too. They were a good pair, so his name was Otis. Funny enough, I later got a Pug, and my Pug's favorite cat was Otis. They became inseparable when Milo was off running around outside, so really I should've named them Milo & Otis because Otis was a tabby and Frank was a Pug. Now I feel so disgusted at being such a big fan of the movie as a child.
I can't believe someone could do that to animals, or be allowed to do that. The story was cute and all, but it could've been done humanely without actually requiring the animals to be used in the dangerous situations.
 

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Now I feel so disgusted at being such a big fan of the movie as a child.
It's okay, what you saw onscreen is what you assumed it to be. Even now, we sometimes tend to forget that things have to happen behind the scenes for it to work and all. Don't feel bad.
 

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I saw this movie in the theater in 3rd grade or so. It didn't even occur to me at that age that animals were being harmed. But I agree with the above poster that when you look at the time period and the fact that it was filmed out of the jurisdiction of any animal welfare body, it makes sense.
 

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"We're gonna take a walk outside today and we're gonna see what we can find today..."
Nooooo....
 

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i watched this yesterday (my own copy) for the first time in ages with a new perspective and was heartbroken for all the animals that were killed/harmed during the making of.

will never watch it again.
 
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