Winston and I have been watching a lot of Disney movies lately. In the past couple months we’ve watched the Jungle Book, Cars, Finding Nemo, Peter Pan, and Ice Age 1 & 2. I looked deep into my DVD collection to find a copy of Milo & Otis that Jaclyn picked up from the bargain bin at Walmart a couple years ago. I remember her saying that she absolutely loved the movie and it was one of her favorites growing up.
I quickly read the back of the movie and saw that it was rated “G” and about a cat and dog that go on an adventure. It sounded pretty cool, a nice departure from animated movies. I fired up the DVD player and became suspicious when I saw the opening credits. All the names of the producers, writers, and directors were all Asian, like Masonori Hata, Satoru Ogatu, and Haruo Shikanai (thanks IMDB for refreshing my memory). I hope this doesn’t come across racist, I’m not sure if it isn’t, but I was immediately jumping to conclusions that this would be a weird film.
The movie immediately boarded the crazy train with a somewhat graphic and gratuitous birth scene, with a slimy newborn cat coming out of the mother cat. The baby cat is named Milo and he becomes friends with a pug named Otis. Milo hops into a crate tied to a dock, the crate somehow dislodges, and then Milo drifts down a river on a crazy adventure. Otis chases after Milo to help him out. It’s a good premise, sounds like a good time, but the events that follow are just a series of horrible cruel experiments designed to test the limits of a poor cat and dog. I’ve managed to find a couple clips on YouTube and I implore you to check them out. If I put animals in these types of situations and recorded it, I wouldn’t be surprised if I was put in jail. The director of this movie makes Michael Vick look like he could be the president of PETA.
Please scan ahead in this movie to the 5:50 mark, watch the cat get attacked by sea gulls and jump off a 100 foot cliff into the ocean.
Crab Attack – Need I say more
Horrified cat goes down a two story waterfall 20 seconds in this clip
After the movie, you get this message “the animals used were filmed under strict supervision with the utmost care for their safety and well-being”, but it doesn’t go so far to say that no animals were injured or harmed. I’m too lazy to dig up the microfilm at the library, but there’s allegedly an article in the UK’s Economist magazine that says 30 cats were used in the making of this movie and 10 of them didn’t make it down the red carpet for the premier of the movie.
Winston and I watched the whole movie, I couldn’t turn away, just plain old morbid curiosity I suppose.
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