After helping a cat, a seventeen-year-old 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.

Director:

Hiroyuki Morita

Writers:

Aoi Hiiragi (comic "Neko no Danshaku, Baron"), Reiko Yoshida (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

A teenage girl rescues a mysterious cat from traffic and soon finds herself the unwelcome recipient of gifts and favors from The Cat King (Tetsurô Tanba and Tim Curry), who also wants her to marry his son, Prince Lune (Takayuki Yamada and Andrew Bevis). 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 Whisper of the Heart (1995)), the girl visits the Cat Kingdom and narrowly escapes again. Written by castipiani

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Journey to another land. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie started when Studio Ghibli received a proposal from a Japanese theme park to make a twenty-minute animation starring cats. See more »

Goofs

When Muta gets up from his chair, he puts his newspaper down on the chair. In the next shot it has vanished. See more »

Quotes

The Baron: If you find yourself troubled by something mysterious or a problem that's hard to solve, there's a place you can go where you always find help. You just need to look for it.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese version begins with a text prologue; the English-dubbed version replaces this with a voice-over from the Baron (similar to how the opening of Princess Mononoke was handled). See more »

Connections

Spun-off from Whisper of the Heart (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaze Ni Naru
Lyrics & Music by Ayano Tsuji
Arranged by Takuo Yamamoto
Performed by Ayano Tsuji
Single Courtesy of Victor Speedstar Records
Soundtrack Courtesy of Tokuma Japan Communications
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Simple but entertaining
19 April 2006 | by swordplanetSee 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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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

13 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cat Returns See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$254,402, 22 April 2018

Gross USA:

$563,718

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$54,505,662
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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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