子猫物語 [The Adventures of Chatran] album cover
子猫物語 [The Adventures of Chatran]

Ryuichi Sakamoto

1986
MIDI Inc.

One of Sakamoto’s biggest commercial successes came from scoring a gentle film for kids and families alike, 1986’s The Adventures Of Chatran. It’s a story about a fuzzy orange tabby kitten and a cute pug. They wind up on a road adventure, encountering all sorts of other animals. If that sounds exactly like the plot to The Adventures of Milo and Otis, that’s because it’s the same film. Not only was Chatran renamed Milo, but Sakamoto’s charming, endearing synth soundtrack was bafflingly scrubbed from the American version of the film, making it one of the more difficult scores to hear in the West.

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