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In my blissfully clueless youth, like many of you my age I'm sure, I watched Milo and Otis multiple times. The 'Gonna Take a Walk Outside Today' song was one of my favorite childhood tunes.
One of my roommates bought the movie the other day because of the same reason, and upon watching it, I think the whole house was a little surprised.
I didn't remember it being so dark.
From Chud.com by Devin Faraci
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.
If you search Milo+and+Otis+deleted+scenes on Youtube, you can find some mildly shocking stuff.
I had intentions of showing this film to my own children someday because I remembered it as real and fascinating, but once I rewatched it, I'm not so sure that's a good idea.