The subject of this review has quite an interesting history. I'm sure you all remember The Adventures of Milo and Otis, didn't you? I've seen it at least twice when I was a kid, and pretty much forgot about it until The Nostalgia Chick's review of it. Now, all of you bear with me because that review has uncovered some horrifying truths that I will reveal to those who find out from me first.
To begin with, this movie was originally a Japanese film called "Koneko Monogatari", which translates to "A Kitten's Story", and focused more on Milo, or rather, Chatran. Also, there are some poetic segues from a female narrator, as well as more intense scenes such as where the pug Puusuke, or Poosky (a.k.a. Otis), gets into a fight with a bear, and sadly, a calf becomes stillborn and almost gets eaten by crows. ... So, it seems I can't put this off any longer: Chatran was portrayed by several cats (only one played "Milo"), and... some of them... died when this movie was made. But to be fair, you could tell that the cats were different by the colors of their eyes. Some had brown eyes, others had grey, but they were all brownish-yellow tabbies. I am a rather hardcore animal lover, but it's best not to consider the cats' passings to be in vain because either way, this is still a good movie. In fact, it must have been so good that it had a video game adaptation for the Famicom (the Japanese NES)!
Naturally, because of these facts, Columbia took out the more intense parts, and you all know the dub we know today. The dub is at least partially faithful, but it's a little cheesy and makes it a somewhat different movie, yet it gives Puusuke/Otis more focus and it's still enjoyable overall. Although personally, I liked the original better for giving some room to breathe.
Well, whichever version you prefer, and despite what happened to those cats, it bears repeating: it's still a good movie.
My rating: 7.5/10
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