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Director:
Writers:
Aoi Hiiragi (comic "Neko no Danshaku, Baron") and
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Release Date:
19 July 2002 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Believe in magic... Discover the secret of another land. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Chizuru Ikewaki ... Haru (voice)
Yoshihiko Hakamada ... Baron (voice)

Aki Maeda ... Yuki (voice)

Takayuki Yamada ... 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)

Anne Hathaway ... Haru (voice: English version)

Cary Elwes ... The Baron (voice: English version)

Judy Greer ... Yuki (voice: English version)
Andrew Bevis ... Prince Lune (voice: English version)

Kristen Bell ... Hiromi (voice: English version)

Rene Auberjonois ... Natori (voice: English version)

Andy Richter ... Natoru (voice: English version)

Peter Boyle ... Muta (voice: English version)

Elliott Gould ... Toto (voice: English version)

Kristine Sutherland ... Haru's Mother (voice: English version)

Tim Curry ... The Cat King (voice: English version)
Katia Coe ... Little Haru (voice: English version)
Greg Berg ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Erin Chambers ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Robert Clotworthy ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Kathryn Cressida ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Kat Cressida)

Terri Douglas ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Courtnee Draper ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Jason Harris ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Brian Herskowitz ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Mona Marshall ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Randall Montgomery ... Additional Voices (voice: English version) (as Randy Montgomery)

Bradley Pierce ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Diz White ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jenny Andrews ... French girl
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Directed by
Hiroyuki Morita 
 
Writing credits
Aoi Hiiragi  comic "Neko no Danshaku, Baron" and
Reiko Yoshida  screenplay

Cindy Davis Hewitt  screenplay: English version
Donald H. Hewitt  screenplay: English version

Produced by
Hironori Aihara .... executive producer
Rick Dempsey .... executive producer
Koji Hoshino .... executive producer
Ned Lott .... producer
Takeyoshi Matsushita .... executive producer
Hayao Miyazaki .... executive producer
Toshio Suzuki .... producer
Nozomu Takahashi .... producer
Hideyuki Takai .... executive producer
Seiichirô Ujiie .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Yuji Nomi 
 
Casting by
Ned Lott 
 
Art Direction by
Naoya Tanaka 
 
Art Department
Rumiko Hayashi .... color key
Osamu Mikasa .... color designer
Kiyomi Yamazaki .... color key
 
Sound Department
Atsushi Aikawa .... DTS mastering
Tom E. Dahl .... sound re-recording mixer
Yukio Hokari .... foley artist
Shuji Inoue .... foley mixer
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Masaya Kitada .... foley artist
Kayoko Morozumi .... foley recordist
Atsuko Nakayama .... DTS mastering
Toru Negishi .... sound effects
Noboru Nishio .... digital optical recordist
Akihiko Okase .... foley artist
Makoto Sumiya .... sound recording mixer
Yuji Tan .... foley artist
Akihiko Ôno .... sound recording engineer
 
Special Effects by
Toru Negishi .... special effects
 
Animation Department
Akihiko Adachi .... inbetween animator
Shigeo Akahori .... key animator
Eun Hee An .... inbetween animator
Hyun Ji An .... digital ink and paint artist
Hiroyuki Aoyama .... key animator
Seiko Azuma .... inbetween animator
Ken Baba .... key animator
Hye Soon Byun .... inbetween animator
Hyun Mi Cho .... inbetween animator
Hee Eun Choi .... inbetween animator
Hyeon Ok Choi .... digital ink and paint artist
Soon Yeol Choi .... inbetween animator
Maya Fujimori .... inbetween animator
Miho Fujimori .... digital ink and paint artist
Yoshikazu Fukutome .... background artist
Jin Ju Go .... inbetween animator
Hiroshi Gouroku .... background artist
Jin Young Han .... inbetween animator
Kuk Dong Han .... digital ink and paint artist
Kasumi Hara .... inbetween animator
Chiharu Haraguchi .... inbetween animator
Ayako Hata .... key animator
Sayaka Hirahara .... background artist
Tadashi Hiramatsu .... animator
Shunsuke Hirota .... inbetween animator
Soon Ha Hwang .... inbetween animator
Su Jin Hwang .... inbetween animator
Hiroshi Iijima .... digital ink and paint artist
Takeshi Imamura .... assistant supervising animator
Ei Inoue .... supervising animator
Eiko Inoue .... digital ink and paint artist
Tomoe Ishihara .... background artist
Eriko Ishikawa .... digital ink and paint artist
Nozomu Ito .... inbetween animator
Jeong Ho Jang .... inbetween animator
Mi Sun Jang .... digital ink and paint artist
Youn Hee Jeong .... inbetween animator
Hyeon Soo Joung .... inbetween animator
Young Hee Joung .... inbetween animator
Tsutomu Kaichi .... inbetween animator
Yukiko Kakita .... digital ink and paint artist
Eun Kyoung Kang .... digital ink and paint artist
Oh Soon Kang .... digital ink and paint artist
Mioko Katano .... inbetween animator
Fumie Kawamata .... digital ink and paint artist
Eun Sun Kim .... inbetween animator
Hyun Suk Kim .... digital ink and paint artist
Ji Eun Kim .... inbetween animator
Jung-hee Kim .... inbetween animator
Kyoung-mee Kim .... digital ink and paint artist (as Kyoung Mi Kim)
Seon Ea Kim .... inbetween animator
Shigeru Kimijima .... key animator
Haruna Kiryu .... digital ink and paint artist
Yumiko Kitajima .... inbetween animator
Chizuko Koike .... inbetween animator
Toshiyuki Komaru .... key animator
Masahiro Kurio .... key animator
Masahiro Kôyama .... key animator
Eun Sil Lee .... digital ink and paint artist
Hye Sung Lee .... inbetween animator
Hyo Sun Lee .... inbetween animator
Mi Ok Lee .... inbetween animator
So Young Lee .... inbetween animator
Youn Hee Lee .... digital ink and paint artist
Young Sim Lee .... digital ink and paint artist
Kiyoko Makita .... inbetween animator
Osamu Masuyama .... background artist
Noriko Matsumoto .... digital ink and paint artist
Yoko Matsumoto .... inbetween animator
Mariko Matsuo .... key animator
Yoshinobu Michihata .... key animator
Michio Mihara .... key animator
Naho Mitsuishi .... digital ink and paint artist
Shihomi Miyachi .... digital ink and paint artist
Sawako Miyamoto .... key animator
Nagisa Miyazaki .... key animator
Shinobu Mori .... key animator
Satoko Morikawa .... character designer
Satoko Morikawa .... layout designer
Mi Ae Na .... digital ink and paint artist
Sayuri Nagashima .... digital ink and paint artist
Keiko Nakaji .... key animator
Katsutoshi Nakamura .... key animator
Masami Nakanishi .... inbetween animator
Mai Nakazato .... inbetween animator
Kumi Nanjo .... digital ink and paint artist
Hiromitsu Narumi .... background artist
Akiko Nasu .... digital ink and paint artist
Tetsuya Nishio .... key animator
Minori Noguchi .... inbetween animator
Gosei Oda .... inbetween animator
Hiromasa Oguro .... background artist
Minoru Ohashi .... key animator
Mayumi Ohmura .... inbetween animator
Tadashi Okumura .... key animator
Fumino Okura .... digital ink and paint artist
Takashi Omori .... background artist
Masako Osada .... background artist
Shinji Otsuka .... key animator
Kazutaka Ozaki .... supervising animator
Jin A Park .... digital ink and paint artist
Kyong Sook Park .... inbetween animator
Suk Hwa Park .... inbetween animator
Yong Kyoung Park .... digital ink and paint artist
Yun Hee Park .... digital ink and paint artist
Eun Me Pyun .... inbetween animator
Youn Suk Ra .... digital ink and paint artist
Soon Yang Ryu .... inbetween animator
Shinobu Saeki .... inbetween animator
Masaya Saitou .... inbetween animator
Yutaka Sakamoto .... animation checker
Masako Sakano .... inbetween animator
Chikako Sasagawa .... inbetween animator
Hiromi Sasaki .... inbetween animator
Miwa Sasaki .... key animator
Akiko Sato .... digital ink and paint artist
Kanako Sato .... inbetween animator
Yoshiharu Sato .... key animator
Kaori Seki .... digital ink and paint artist
Atsushi Sekiguchi .... key animator
Miyoko Shikibu .... inbetween animator
Ikuko Shimada .... inbetween animator
Akiko Shimizu .... digital ink and paint artist
Keiko Shimizu .... key animator
Keisuke Shimohira .... inbetween animator
Emiko Shimura .... key animator
Og Chul Shin .... background artist
Jee Young Soung .... inbetween animator
Takahiro Sugawara .... inbetween animator
Toshiharu Sugie .... key animator
Makiko Suzuki .... inbetween animator
Mariko Suzuki .... inbetween animator
Michiyo Suzuki .... key animator
Shihomi Suzuki .... background artist
Hiromi Takahashi .... digital ink and paint artist
Moyo Takahashi .... inbetween animator
Naoko Takahashi .... inbetween animator
Nobuko Takahashi .... digital ink and paint artist
Yukie Takahashi .... inbetween animator
Yohei Takamatsu .... background artist
Nobuyuki Takeuchi .... key animator
Teiichi Takiguchi .... key animator
Atsushi Tamura .... assistant supervising animator
Takanori Tanaka .... background artist
Yûichi Tanaka .... key animator (as Yuichi Tanaka)
Kumiko Tanihira .... inbetween animator
Hitomi Tateno .... inbetween animator
Masako Terada .... inbetween animator
Akiko Teshima .... inbetween animator
Keiko Tomizawa .... inbetween animator
Kazuhide Tomonaga .... key animator
Ryuji Uchida .... digital ink and paint artist
Mineko Ueda .... key animator
Ryotaro Ueta .... background artist
Yukari Umebayashi .... inbetween animator
Alexandra Weihrauch .... inbetween animator
Shinichiro Yamada .... key animator
Kenichi Yamaguchi .... key animator
Hirômi Yamakawa .... key animator
Eiji Yamamori .... assistant supervising animator
Tomoko Yamamoto .... digital ink and paint artist
Akihiko Yamashita .... assistant supervising animator
Yukari Yamaura .... inbetween animator
Yun Ju Yang .... inbetween animator
Kikuyo Yano .... background artist
Morihiko Yano .... inbetween animator
Hisao Yokobori .... key animator
Masafumi Yokota .... key animator
Mi Kyoung Yoon .... inbetween animator
Noboru Yoshida .... background artist
Mitsuo Yoshino .... background artist
Myung Hee Youn .... inbetween artist
Atsuko Ôtani .... key animator
 
Casting Department
Terri Douglas .... adr voice casting
 
Editorial Department
Chris DeLaGuardia .... color timer
Mutsumi Takemiya .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Hiroshi Kumagai .... conductor
Takamune Negishi .... music arranger
Takuo Yamamoto .... music arranger: strings and horns arrangement
 
Other crew
Rick Dempsey .... dialogue director
Atsushi Kamimura .... production assistant
Ryosuke Kiyokawa .... production assistant
Ned Lott .... dialogue director
Hayao Miyazaki .... project concept
Yuichiro Mochizuki .... production assistant
Yosuke Toba .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Neko no ongaeshi" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
75 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Germany:o.Al. | Ireland:G | New Zealand:G | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Switzerland:0 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | UK:U | USA:G
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This was originally going to be a short straight-to-video project, but Toshio Suzuki was so impressed with Hiroyuki Morita's storyboard, and especially the main character of "Haru", that he encouraged Miyazaki to give this cinematic release.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Haru first goes to the Cross Roads to meet Muta, all the banners say "Cross Loads". When Haru goes back again at the end with her friend, one banner says "Cross Roads", but then they all revert to "Cross Loads"See more »
Quotes:
Baron:Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Labyrinth (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
Kaze Ni NaruSee more »

FAQ

Is this a sequel to 'Whisper of the Heart?'
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful fantasy film, 23 September 2003
Author: MikeA from Isle of Man, British Isles

After the wild but fully justified furore surrounding Spirited Away, Studio Ghibli's next production is a much lower key affair, clearly aimed at a younger market. Having said that, this cynical thirty-something loved it to bits. Ghibli purists seem to be somewhat snobbish about the studio's output, but If this is an example of one of their films designed more for harmless family entertainment, I can stand to see a lot more of it.

This is a wonderful fantasy film, cute and funny, and full of remarkable and memorable characters. The animation is solid and detailed, occasionally even breathtaking, and the soundtrack is gorgeous. The brisk running time ensures the light story doesn't outstay its welcome. In fact, I could easily have watched more, and I'm already looking forward to Ghibli's or Miyazaki's next flight of fantasy.

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