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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.

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 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:

19 July 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

O Reino dos Gatos See more »

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DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

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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

In the very first scene of the movie, there is no mailbox in front of the Baron's house. When Haru arrives at the cat bureau, there is a mailbox in front of the house. 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 was handled). See more »

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Kaze Ni Naru
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A very different follow-up to Whisper of the Heart
6 March 2003 | by HPeepSee all my reviews

Let me start by saying that The Cat Returns is not the best of Ghibli and Miyazaki had almost nothing to do with it. If Miyazaki had directed or even written it, the film would have been as great as Totoro or Kiki. This movie is pretty much Whisper of the Heart as a Spirited Away style fantasy.

The story is as follows: A normal girl named Haru is transported to the world of cats to marry a cat prince who she saved from a speeding truck. That's basically all that I can tell without giving away the film. For those of you who loved Whisper, Baron is back big time. It was great to see Baron have a much larger role as a hero. The `stray' cat from Whisper is also back and fatter than ever.

Though some Ghibli fans will be disappointed, those who are cat-lovers will fall in love with the film. The film's flaw lies in that the story moves along a bit too fast for my taste. Just don't go expecting a film on the same level as Spirited Away or Mononoke and you'll have a great time. Grade: A-.

Rated PG for frightening scenes, brief sensuality, and language. Suggested for ages 10 and up.


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