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The Cat Returns (2002)
"Neko no ongaeshi" (original title)

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After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chizuru Ikewaki ...
Haru (voice)
Yoshihiko Hakamada ...
Baron (voice)
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Yuki (voice)
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Lune (voice)
Hitomi Satô ...
Hiromi (voice)
Kenta Satoi ...
Natori (voice)
Mari Hamada ...
Natoru (voice)
Tetsu Watanabe ...
Muta (voice)
Yôsuke Saitô ...
Toto (voice)
Kumiko Okae ...
Haru's Mother (voice)
Tetsurô Tanba ...
Cat King (voice)
Yô Ôizumi ...
Additional voice (voice)
Youko Honna ...
Additional voice (voice)
Ken Yasuda ...
Additional Voices (voice)
...
Haru (voice)
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Storyline

A young girl rescues a mysterious cat from traffic and soon finds herself the unwelcome recipient of gifts and favors from the King of the Cats, who also wants her to marry his son, Prince Lune. With the assistance of a fat, grouchy real cat and a an elegant cat statuette come to life (both characters featured in Studio Ghibli's earlier anime "Whisper of the Heart"), the girl visits the Cat Kingdom and narrowly escapes again. Written by castipiani

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Neko ni nattemo, iin janai? See more »


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Release Date:

19 July 2002 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Neko no ongaeshi  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$522,911 (France) (1 August 2003)

Gross:

$522,911 (France) (1 August 2003)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Took three years to complete. See more »

Goofs

When Haru's friend calls Haru, she is seen beside a table with a plant and vase. In the next scene, the table is gone and she is somewhere else. See more »

Quotes

Baron: Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear.
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Crazy Credits

The credits have a series of still images from the film. The last image before the film fades is Haru feeding the small white kitten on the pavement. See more »

Connections

Featured in JesuOtaku Anime Reviews: The Cat Returns (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaze Ni Naru
Written by Ayano Tsuji
Performed by Ayano Tsuji
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User Reviews

 
Simple but entertaining
19 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Short but sweet- is probably the best way to describe this movie. Unlike other epics created by studio ghibli, such as Nausicaa of the valley of the Wind and Spirited Away, this movie has a very simple story and feels more like a really long episode of a TV show rather than a movie. The characters are somewhat developed but there just wasn't much time to do so since the story felt rushed. However, this is still a very entertaining film full of subtle humor.

The only gripe i have with this film is that the Disney DVD is DUBTITLED. Disney forgot to translate the movie and tries to pass the script for the English dub as the translated subtitles.


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