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Neko no ongaeshi (2002)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chizuru Ikewaki ... Haru (voice)
Yoshihiko Hakamada ... Baron (voice)
... Yuki (voice)
... Lune (voice)
Hitomi Satô ... Hiromi (voice)
Kenta Satoi ... Natori (voice)
Mari Hamada ... Natoru (voice)
... Muta (voice)
Yôsuke Saitô ... Toto (voice)
Kumiko Okae ... Haru's Mother (voice)
... Cat King (voice)
Yô Ôizumi ... Additional Voices (voice)
Yoko Honna ... Chika (voice) (as Youko Honna)
... Additional Voices (voice)
... 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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19 July 2002 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

O Reino dos Gatos  »

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While every other cat in both the human world and the Cat Kingdom has paws, the Baron has human -shaped hands, covered in gloves and sporting long fingers and visible thumbs. He is also noticeably smaller in the human world, about two -third the size of an average cat. These attributes mirror those seen on the Baron figurine in Whisper of the Heart. See more »

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When Haru's friend calls to her, 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

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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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 »

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References Mimi wo sumaseba (1995) See more »

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Kaze Ni Naru
Written by Ayano Tsuji
Performed by Ayano Tsuji
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A Fun-filled Fantasy Caper
6 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

"The Cat Returns" tells the story of teenaged schoolgirl Haru, who saves a cat from being run down by a truck. To her shock and amazement, the cat rises onto its two hind feet and thanks her. The cat turns out to be the prince of the Kingdom of Cats, an alternate universe ruled and inhabited entirely by cats. As a sign of his gratitude, the King offers Haru his son's hand in marriage. The rest of the movie deals with how Haru initial attempts to fend off her prospective feline father-in-law's subjects and how she is brought to the Kingdom of Cats. The animation is splendid, like any other Studio Ghibli production. "The Cat Returns" also sees the return of two characters from "Whisper of the Heart", Baron the Baron Cat, and Muta, the grumpy "stray", who's fatter then ever! The movie is light-hearted and funny, though lacking the depth and grandeur of Miyazaki's films (Think "Laputa: The Castle in the Sky" and "Spirited Away"). "The Cat Returns" is an enjoyable and relaxing watch which combines fantasy and adventure. A treat for cat lovers. 7 on a scale of 10.


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