‘Milo & Otis’ is a Japanese film about a cat and dog swept up in hazardous adventures in the wild. ‘Animals’ is a progressive rock album by Pink Floyd, inspired in part by George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’. It takes aim at politics, with deeper themes of life and death, manipulation, greed, blind faith and power. And it’s pretty rocking.
Not much changed. Cut titles and trimmed some shots.
Trimmed a lot of shots. Cut Milo & Otis playing hide-and-seek. Trimmed the end of Otis fighting the bear.
“Pigs (Three Different Ones)”
Trims and cuts throughout to maintain rhythm. Moved Milo and the pigs scene to fit here. (If this were a “true sync” that would have played out during ‘Sheep’ and I couldn’t have that.)
Cut a lot of Milo’s hijinks with various creatures. Cut Otis meeting the fox. Cut out a lot of stuff from the last third of the movie, made it more like a montage.
“Pigs on the Wing (Part II)”
Fade to black. Simplified credits.
From the DVD, Neglify Shorts Vol 1. Thirty minutes chopped from Milo & Otis with no ill effect or cohesion or enjoyment - if one is so inclined.
Video: MPEG 820 X 480p. Sharp throughout. Good cuts and trims to tighten the adventures.
Audio: 2 Channel AC3, 192 Kbps. Pink Floyd’s Animals. I never liked that album, it’s a gloomy downer. For me, Floyd doesn’t work with this film (SPOILER - the music might fit if Milo or Otis got snuffed by predators or run over by a tractor, but they don’t - END SPOILER).
Narrative: This holds together nicely, which indicates to a skeptical soul just how much of the original was padded.
Enjoyment: No way, not for me, though I won’t downscore. I don’t like this particular Pink Floyd album. I don’t like animals. I don’t like dogs, that includes puppies. I don’t like barnyard critters or livestock unless they are on a dinner plate. I’m also one of the four souls who never liked Milo & Otis. Kick me.
99% of audiences will undoubtedly love this.
This was great. The music selection was spot on and even though the narrative ended abruptly it is very nicely bookended. Instead of watching thousands of random YouTube clips of cats and dogs doing random things, check this out instead.
There is an old saying in show business, "Never work with children and animals ... but if you do, make sure you have plenty of psychedelic drugs and Rock 'n Roll Music."
I agree with user Jerick that the moment when them meet again is a bit short lived (to the point I was thinking "Poor dog... that cat is such a douche"!) but everything ends well, haha.
Thanks you for 42 minutes with a smile on my face.
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Review from the eyes of a 2 year old:
My daughter and I have listened to Pink Floyd music ever since she was born. I have over 60 music videos stripped from various sources that I keep on rotation and occasionally play for her before bedtime. She has always really enjoyed Pink Floyd music and their concerts in general. This edit was perfect for our pre-bedtime routine. We split it up over 2 nights and she thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. She easily followed the story and it kept her very entertained. She constantly asked me whether the puppy was going to find the kitty and I had to tell her to just wait and see. The sync was very well done, much of the music felt very appropriate for the scenes we were watching and even when it didn't it was great because it was Floyd.
The only part that didn't quite work was the ending. The reunion of the dog and cat was short lived and then quickly the cat was disinterested and everyone was having babies. I don't know how the original movie went but there definitely should have been a longer emotional payoff after such a long search buildup. I wonder if there isn't something from Saucerful of Secrets or Atom Heart Mother that could be a bonus track to help smooth out the ending? Anyway my daughter certainly didn't notice it too much so all and all it was a terrific experience. I know she'll be requesting it again very soon, and believe me that is her greatest compliment to any form of entertainment!
Audio/Video Quality was unrated (given a 10) based on Vimeo limitations