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19 July 2002 (Japan) See more »
Believe in magic... Discover the secret of another land. See more »
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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  (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 Voices (voice)
Youko Honna ... Chika (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)

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

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 (voice)
Makoto Aoki ... Additional Voices (voice)
Katsumi Chô ... Additional Voices (voice)
Daisuke Egawa ... Additional Voices (voice)
Yayoi Kazuki ... Additional Voices (voice)
Yûji Kishi ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tae Komamura ... Additional Voices (voice)
Mitsuru Miyamoto ... Additional Voices (voice)
Toshihiro Nakamura ... Additional Voices (voice)
Toshitaka Shimizu ... Additional Voices (voice)
Tarusuke Shingaki ... Additional Voices (voice)
Yuri Shiratori ... Additional Voices (voice)
Takayuki Suzui ... Additional Voices (voice)
Atsuko Tanaka ... Additional Voices (voice)
Keiko Tsukamoto ... Additional Voices (voice)
Hikari Yono ... Additional Voices (voice)

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
Kôji 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 Gôroku .... background artist (as Hiroshi Gouroku)
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
Satoko Morikawa .... character designer
Satoko Morikawa .... layout designer
Shinobu Môri .... key animator (as Shinobu Mori)
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
Takashi Ohmori .... background artist (as Takashi Omori)
Mayumi Ohmura .... inbetween animator
Tadashi Okumura .... key animator
Fumino Okura .... digital ink and paint 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 Saitô .... 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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Also Known As:
"Neko no ongaeshi" - Japan (original title)
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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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

Did You Know?

The film started when Studio Ghibli received a proposal from a Japanese theme park to make a twenty minute animation starring cats.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Haru:Thank you, Moo-ta...
Muta:What? 'Moo'? So now you're saying I'm a fat cow?
Haru:No! You're just fat... Oh!
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Is this a sequel to 'Whisper of the Heart?'
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
a fairly short feature-length film, but within its parameters perfectly wonderful and adorable, 15 October 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

I wouldn't be sure that The Cat Returns would have an appeal to audiences as wide as Miyazaki's directed films would, since as a family film it is mostly amusing or curious for adults (with the good laugh or two at the American voice work if one is inclined to listen to the new English dub). But for children it's just about one of the best in the anime field, a work that provides that great dose of fantasy and enjoyment while sticking to those tried and true themes with kids movies that only work so often (such as here). While "believe in yourself" is in fact such a cliché that it may eventually turn back around and become an original notion at some point in movies, in the Cat Returns it has that fresh perspective of a little girl, a genuinely caring and generous soul who's doesn't have many friends, who contemplates from time to time becoming a cat.

In the Cat Returns, where young Haru saves a kitty from certain death while crossing a street and in the process is picked to become the wife to the Prince of the Cat Kingdom somewhere far, far away, there's even a slight Fantasy Island ala Pinocchio aspect to the piece (which goes without saying the obvious comparison with becoming a cat by thinking or acting like one). It's all in good fun, but would one really want to be in a kingdom of cats presided by a Cat King who loafs about in total splendor? Well, maybe, which is part of the conflict. But for kids this is just a core for the rest of the joy to spring out of. After the whole individuality-good aspect is covered, the rest of the picture has to entertain, and this is where Studio Ghibli works their usual best again.

It's a gorgeously animated film, directed by Hiroyuki Morita from a somewhat original concept, delivering a wide variety of cats- small, cute, tall, proper, fat, fuzzy, shrill, sweet- and a great design of the Cat Kingdom itself with that shifty maze and giant towers. Morita almost disappoints with the running length: at 75 minutes, a few of those for credits, the Cat Returns could actually benefit from having more detail and bits of comedy and excitement. But it's then a backhanded compliment at the same time; one has many memorable characters to pick from, like the big sidekick/bodyguard Muta, the King himself, Natoru the lackey for the king, and the Baron who is about as formal as a royal British officer.

For children most of all it's the kind of treat they'll want to revisit many times, and a good point as well is the new English dub. It wouldn't be bad if the Japanese cut got some attention, which is the original and fine enough, but the voice-work from Anne Hathaway, Peter Boyle, Cary Elwes, Tim Curry, Eliot Gould, and Andy Richter is fantastic for sometimes so small or repetitive a performance (as Hathaway points on the DVD, lots of screaming, varieties of yelling and yelps for Boyle) that it's never less than delightful. The little kid in me, as well as cat lover, was very pleased. The only minor drawback is that some adults may feel a little left out of the simplicity of the piece on the whole as it isn't as all inclusive a masterpiece like Totoro.

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