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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)
... Baron (voice)
... Yuki (voice)
... Lune (voice)
Hitomi Satô ... Hiromi (voice)
Kenta Satoi ... Natori (voice)
... Natoru (voice)
... Muta (voice)
Yôsuke Saitô ... Toto (voice)
Kumiko Okae ... Haru's Mother (voice)
... Cat King (voice)
... 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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Trivia

The film 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

Haru: Never mind, I'm a meowsy dancer anyway.
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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 »

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Referenced in Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) See more »

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Kaze Ni Naru
Written by Ayano Tsuji
Performed by Ayano Tsuji
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You don't have to like cats to enjoy The Cat Returns
31 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

"The Cat Returns" is a beautiful film as one would expect from Studio Ghibli. It is probably their lightest film to date and certainly the shortest of the ones available on DVD in the west. I don't think this is a fault though sometimes that is just what I want in a film.

The plot suggests that it is the sort of film that would only appeal to children: A girl rescues a cat who turns out to be a prince among cats, in return she is invited to marry him and turns to The Cat Business Office for help. While it is obviously ideal for children, it is rated U by the BBFC with the customer advice that it "Contains mild peril" it is also a lot of fun for the older viewer, I laughed out loud several times when I watched it.

People who enjoyed "Whisper of the Heart" may be pleased to see the return of the Baron in a much larger role.

This is director Hiroyuki Morita's only film to date but on the strength of this I'm hoping he will be directing further Studio Ghibli projects.


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