Story

The Adventures of Milo and Otis is a delightful tale about the special relationship between Milo the ginger cat and Otis the pug dog, comically narrated by Dudley Moore. Milo is a very curious kitten and befriends most of the farm animals, especially Otis the pug puppy. They have a lot of fun exploring together, but their real adventure begins when Milo accidentally takes a journey down the river in a box. Otis runs along the river bank trying to keep up. They eventually get separated and continue on a hazardous trek. They have many adventures and face many dangers before they finally return home.

Themes

Animals in danger

Violence

There is some violence in this movie. For example:

  • Milo hits at a baby bird with his paw.
  • Milo hits a crab, which bites him back.
  • Otis attacks a black bear that is growling at Milo. This starts a fight between them, which ends when the bear runs off.
  • A flock of seagulls attack and peck at Milo, who jumps over a cliff to escape.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5

In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, this movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example:

  • Milo falls into the river and has to be rescued by his mother.
  • A baby chicken hatches and looks wet and bedraggled.
  • Milo nearly gets run over by a train.
  • Some scenes show kittens and puppies being born. 

From 5-8

In addition to the violent scenes and scary visual images mentioned above, this movie has some scenes that could scare or disturb children in this age group. For example:

  • Milo looks very scared as his box gets into fast-running water and goes down the rapids.
  • Milo is scared when he finds himself alone at night. He’s frightened by sounds and sights in the dark.
  • Otis passes through a scary swamp with dead trees.
  • A fox digs up a muskrat, which it gets in its mouth. Milo eats the muskrat.
  • Otis is stranded on a rock in the ocean and has to be rescued by a turtle.
  • A black bear searches for Milo in a wood cabin and nearly catches him.
  • Milo gets chased by a snake in a tree. Milo falls off a branch and into a pit. 

From 8-13

Nothing of concern 

Over 13

Nothing of concern 

Sexual references

None of concern 

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None of concern 

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern 

Product placement

None of concern 

Coarse language

This movie has some mild coarse language. 

Ideas to discuss with your children

The Adventures of Milo and Otis is a charming adventure story of two young and unlikely friends. It’s likely to appeal to the whole family. But it’s worth noting that real animals are used in this movie, so some scenes might be too intense for younger viewers.

The main message from this movie is that good friends always stick together.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include friendship, loyalty and courage.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about how baby animals are born and how animals in the wild have to kill other animals for food.