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The Adventures Of Milo And Otis


Mon 15 Apr 2019, 2:00pm–3:15pm

Where: The Hollywood Avondale, 20 St Georges Road, Avondale, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission - Adult: $15.00
  • General Admission - Senior Citizen: $12.00
  • General Admission - Under 13: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

1986 / 72 min / G
Director: Masanori Hata
Cast: Chatran, Pû

They don't come any cuter than "The Adventures of Milo and Otis," a heartwarming, tail-thumping story about a curious kitten and his pug-nosed puppy pal. It's totally awwwwww-some.

It needs to be said right away that in terms of spunkiness, Milo is one of the most high-spirited rascals in children's cinema!

Enthusiastically narrated by Dudley Moore who is alternatively excited and droll, speaking for each animal character and providing amusing commentary. This cuddlesome take on Old MacDonald's place follows the best buddies from their bucolic barnyard home to the scary forests adjoining the farm.

The live-action film features an all-animal cast under the direction of Japanese author and zoologist Masanori Hata, who urged his stars to act instinctively. He creates a little world, as magically detailed as Oz, Wonderland or Pooh Corner.

Less a nature story than an anthropomorphic fairy tale, this charming work teaches loyalty to friends, devotion to family and tolerance among peoples - be they dogs and cats or foxes and hens. Natural enemies live in magical harmony and the laws of eat-or-be-eaten do not necessarily apply. So it seems quite fine for Japanese cranes to soar to the strains of "Appalachian Spring," for a giant sea turtle to rescue a small dog from the rising tides. It generates the blissfully dry sense of wonder the best children's books or movies often do.

Emmy-winning writer Mark Saltzman of "Sesame Street" fame takes a sassy approach to his adaptation of Hata's fur-fetched children's story. Grammy winner Michael Boddicker of "Flashdance" and "Buckaroo Banzai," composed the rustic pop score. "The Adventures of Milo and Otis” is an unabashed children's film, made with a wit and intelligence that adults can enjoy too. It reminds us that sometimes it takes the purest sophistication to see with an innocent eye.

Just as Milo and Otis, drifting kitten and determined pup, learn that they're not alone in the world - so, perhaps, will the children and parents who will see, and love, this movie.

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