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The Cat Returns (2002)

Neko no ongaeshi (original title)
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After helping a cat, a 17-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 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

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Journey to another land. See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

13 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Reino dos Gatos See more »

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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One recurring joke in the original Japanese dub is that Muta keeps being mistakenly called 'Buta,' which is Japanese for 'pig.' Translators were unable to work this joke into the English dub; the nearest they came was for Haru to call him 'Moo-ta,' and have him think she was calling him a cow. See more »

Goofs

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

Muta: That's enough, Baron. Turn it off. No one's impressed with your cheesy light show, okay?
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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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Another gem by Studio Ghibli
20 May 2006 | by cosmic_questSee all my reviews

'The Cat Returns' is yet another treat produced by Studio Ghibli, the company which brought us masterpieces such as 'My Neighbour Totoro' and 'Spirited Away'.

The story of this film is much simpler than previous Studio Ghibli productions/epics with a typical modern teenage girl Haru as the heroine. When walking home from school one afternoon, Haru rescues a cat from being ran-over by a lorry only to discover she is responsible for saving the life of Prince Lune, the heir apparent to the Cat Kingdom. Lune's father, the King of Cats, promptly decides the best way to repay such a favour is for Haru to marry his son. Naturally, our heroine is horrified at the prospect and must seek protection from enigmatic Baron, founder of the Cat Bureau, for help before she is carted off to the Cat Kingdom by the very determined cats.

As a cat-lover, I found this film utterly adorable. The scene where the cats from Cat Kingdom descend on Haru's street in the middle of the night was had a very wondrous aura to it and the scene where the cats try to make Haru laugh at her feast was hilarious. The characters, as always, are solid from the refreshingly normal teen-aged Haru to the grumpy Muta to the suave Baron (even though he's an animated cat, the charisma of the character will leave many females empathising with Haru's little crush on him!).

Although the plot of 'The Cat Returns' is a simple affair so it will easily appeal to young children, there is much humour in the film that will keep older kids and adults amused. Also, those who love cats can't help but fall in love with the many feline characters we come across in the film. Now, I'm off to track down 'Whisper of the Heart', which is a 1995 Studio Ghibli film that features the character of Baron.


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