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The Cat Returns ()

Neko no ongaeshi (original title)
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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.

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Cast

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Chizuru Ikewaki ...
Haru (voice)
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Baron (voice)
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Yuki (voice)
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Lune (voice)
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Hiromi (voice)
Kenta Satoi ...
Natori (voice)
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Natoru (voice)
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Muta (voice)
Yôsuke Saitô ...
Toto (voice)
Kumiko Okae ...
Haru's Mother (voice)
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Cat King (voice)
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Yoko Honna ...
Chika (voice) (as Youko Honna)
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Haru (voice)
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The Baron (voice)
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Yuki (voice)
Andrew Bevis ...
Prince Lune (voice)
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Hiromi (voice)
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Natori (voice)
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Natoru (voice)
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Muta (voice)
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Toto (voice)
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Haru's Mother (voice)
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The Cat King (voice)
Katia Coe ...
Little Haru (voice)
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Brian Herskowitz ...
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Randall Montgomery ...
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Diz White ...
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Jenny Andrews ...
French girl (voice)
Makoto Aoki ...
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Katsumi Chô ...
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Daisuke Egawa ...
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Yayoi Kazuki ...
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Yûji Kishi ...
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Tae Komamura ...
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Mitsuru Miyamoto ...
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Toshihiro Nakamura ...
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Toshitaka Shimizu ...
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Tarusuke Shingaki ...
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Takayuki Suzui ...
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Bari Suzuki ...
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Keiko Tsukamoto ...
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Hikari Yono ...
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Directed by

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Hiroyuki Morita

Written by

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Aoi Hiiragi ... (comic "Neko no Danshaku, Baron")
Reiko Yoshida ... (screenplay)
 
Cindy Davis ... (screenplay: English version)
 
Donald H. Hewitt ... (screenplay: English version)

Produced by

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Hironori Aihara ... executive producer
Rick Dempsey ... executive producer
Kôji Hoshino ... executive producer
Tomohiko Ishii ... assistant producer
Ned Lott ... producer
Takeyoshi Matsushita ... executive producer
Toshio Miyakawa ... executive producer
Hayao Miyazaki ... planner
Toshio Suzuki ... producer
Nozomu Takahashi ... producer
Hideyuki Takai ... executive producer
Chiyoshi Tanaka ... production producer
Seiichirô Ujiie ... executive producer

Music by

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Yûji Nomi ... (as Yuji Nomi)

Cinematography by

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Kentaro Takahashi ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Megumi Uchida

Editorial Department

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Chris DeLaGuardia ... color timer
Kô'hei Endô ... color management system
Cory Hansen ... post-production coordinator
Hiroaki Hirabayashi ... color timing
Masahiro Honma ... film recording
Takehisa Katsumata ... lab management
Masao Shibata ... film recording
Yûko Shimura ... lab front desk
Yûko Suzuki ... lab front desk
Mutsumi Takemiya ... assistant editor
Shingo Toyotani ... film recording
Tetsuya Yamai ... color management system

Casting By

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Ned Lott

Art Direction by

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Naoya Tanaka

Production Management

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Naoya Fujimaki ... chief production manager
Seiji Okuda ... chief production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yasushi Imai ... assistant unit director
Jun'ya Saitô ... assistant unit director
Yoichi Senzui ... assistant unit director
Kôjirô Tsuruoka ... assistant director

Art Department

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Rumiko Hayashi ... color key
Osamu Mikasa ... color designer
Kiyomi Yamazaki ... color key

Sound Department

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Atsushi Aikawa ... DTS mastering
Tom E. Dahl ... re-recording mixer
Yukio Hokari ... foley artist
Shuji Inoue ... foley mixer
Doc Kane ... adr mixer
Masaya Kitada ... foley artist
Kayoko Morozumi ... foley recordist
Atsuko Nakayama ... DTS mastering
Noboru Nishio ... digital optical recordist
Tôru Noguchi ... sound effects editor
Akihiko Okase ... foley artist
Makoto Sumiya ... sound recording mixer
Yuji Tan ... foley artist
Akihiko Ôno ... sound recording engineer

Special Effects by

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Toyohiko Sakakibara ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Keiko Itogawa ... digital background effects
Ji Won Kong ... background scanner/masking
Keisuke Nakamura ... cg production
Shinji Nasu ... cg production
Takeshi Ogawa ... background scanner/masking
Kanako Takahashi ... background color adjustment
Kazuhiro Tamura ... cg production
Yuki Yokoyama ... background scanner/masking: Telecom Animation FIlm
Yasuhiko Yoshihara ... cg production

Camera and Electrical Department

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Toru Fukushi ... digital camera operator
Toshiyuki Fukushima ... digital camera operator
Takeo Gotou ... digital camera operator
Hironobu Horikoshi ... digital camera operator
Katsufumi Satô ... digital camera operator
Masashi Toriyama ... digital camera operator

Animation Department

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Akihiko Adachi ... inbetween animator
Shigeo Akahori ... key animator
Eun Hee An ... inbetween animator
Hyun Ji An ... digital ink and paint artist
Hiroyuki Aoyama ... key animator
Seiko Azuma ... inbetween animator
Ken Baba ... key animator
Hye Soon Byun ... inbetween animator
Hyun Mi Cho ... inbetween animator
Hee Eun Choi ... inbetween animator
Hyeon Ok Choi ... digital ink and paint artist
Soon Yeol Choi ... inbetween animator
Maya Fujimori ... inbetween animator
Miho Fujimori ... digital ink and paint artist
Yoshikazu Fukutome ... background artist
Jin Ju Go ... inbetween animator
Hiroshi Gôroku ... background artist: Ogura Kôbô (as Hiroshi Gouroku)
Jin Young Han ... inbetween animator
Kuk Dong Han ... digital ink and paint artist
Kasumi Hara ... inbetween animator
Chiharu Haraguchi ... inbetween animator
Ayako Hata ... key animator
Rumiko Hayashi ... cel checker
Sayaka Hirahara ... background artist
Tadashi Hiramatsu ... animator
Shunsuke Hirota ... inbetween animator
Soon Ha Hwang ... inbetween animator
Su Jin Hwang ... inbetween animator
Hiroshi Iijima ... digital ink and paint artist
Takeshi Imamura ... assistant supervising animator
Ei Inoue ... supervising animator
Eiko Inoue ... digital ink and paint artist
Tomoe Ishihara ... background artist
Eriko Ishikawa ... digital ink and paint artist
Nozomu Ito ... inbetween animator
Jeong Ho Jang ... inbetween animator
Mi Sun Jang ... digital ink and paint artist
Youn Hee Jeong ... inbetween animator
Hyeon Soo Joung ... inbetween animator
Young Hee Joung ... inbetween animator
Tsutomu Kaichi ... inbetween animator
Yukiko Kakita ... digital ink and paint artist
Eun Kyoung Kang ... digital ink and paint artist
Oh Soon Kang ... digital ink and paint artist
Mioko Katano ... inbetween animator
Fumie Kawamata ... digital ink and paint artist
Eunsun Kim ... inbetween animator (as Eun Sun Kim)
Hyun Suk Kim ... digital ink and paint artist
Ji Eun Kim ... inbetween animator
Jung-hee Kim ... inbetween animator
Kyoung-mee Kim ... digital ink and paint artist (as Kyoung Mi Kim)
Seon Ea Kim ... inbetween animator
Shigeru Kimijima ... key animator
Haruna Kiryu ... digital ink and paint artist
Yumiko Kitajima ... inbetween animator
Chizuko Koike ... inbetween animator
Toshiyuki Komaru ... key animator
Masahiro Kurio ... key animator
Masahiro Kôyama ... key animator
Eun Sil Lee ... digital ink and paint artist
Hye Sung Lee ... inbetween animator
Hyo Sun Lee ... inbetween animator
Mi Ok Lee ... inbetween animator
So Young Lee ... inbetween animator
Youn Hee Lee ... digital ink and paint artist
Young Sim Lee ... digital ink and paint artist
Kiyoko Makita ... inbetween animator
Osamu Masuyama ... background artist
Noriko Matsumoto ... digital ink and paint artist
Yoko Matsumoto ... inbetween animator
Mariko Matsuo ... key animator
Yoshinobu Michihata ... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Michio Mihara ... key animator
Naho Mitsuishi ... digital ink and paint artist
Shihomi Miyachi ... digital ink and paint artist
Sawako Miyamoto ... key animator
Nagisa Miyazaki ... key animator
Satoko Morikawa ... character designer / layout designer
Shinobu Môri ... key animator (as Shinobu Mori)
Mi Ae Na ... digital ink and paint artist
Sayuri Nagashima ... digital ink and paint artist
Keiko Nakaji ... key animator
Katsutoshi Nakamura ... key animator
Masami Nakanishi ... inbetween animator
Mai Nakazato ... inbetween animator
Kumi Nanjo ... digital ink and paint artist
Hiromitsu Narumi ... background artist
Akiko Nasu ... digital ink and paint artist
Tetsuya Nishio ... key animator
Minori Noguchi ... inbetween animator
Gosei Oda ... inbetween animator
Hiromasa Oguro ... background artist: Ogura Kôbô
Minoru Ohashi ... key animator
Mayumi Ohmura ... inbetween animator
Tadashi Okumura ... key animator
Fumino Okura ... digital ink and paint artist
Masako Osada ... background artist
Kazutaka Ozaki ... supervising animator
Jin A Park ... digital ink and paint artist
Kyong Sook Park ... inbetween animator
Suk Hwa Park ... inbetween animator
Yong Kyoung Park ... digital ink and paint artist
Yun Hee Park ... digital ink and paint artist
Eun Me Pyun ... inbetween animator
Youn Suk Ra ... digital ink and paint artist
Soon Yang Ryu ... inbetween animator
Shinobu Saeki ... inbetween animator
Masaya Saitô ... inbetween animator
Yutaka Sakamoto ... animation checker
Masako Sakano ... clean-up and inbetween artist
Chikako Sasagawa ... inbetween animator
Hiromi Sasaki ... inbetween animator
Miwa Sasaki ... key animator
Akiko Sato ... digital ink and paint artist
Kanako Sato ... inbetween animator
Yoshiharu Sato ... key animator
Kaori Seki ... digital ink and paint artist
Atsushi Sekiguchi ... key animator
Miyoko Shikibu ... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Ikuko Shimada ... inbetween animator
Akiko Shimizu ... digital ink and paint artist
Keiko Shimizu ... key animator
Keisuke Shimohira ... inbetween animator
Emiko Shimura ... key animator
Og Chul Shin ... background artist
Jee Young Soung ... inbetween animator
Takahiro Sugawara ... inbetween animator
Toshiharu Sugie ... key animator
Makiko Suzuki ... inbetween animator
Mariko Suzuki ... inbetween animator
Michiyo Suzuki ... key animator
Shihomi Suzuki ... background artist: Ogura Kôbô
Hiromi Takahashi ... digital ink and paint artist
Moyo Takahashi ... inbetween animator
Naoko Takahashi ... inbetween animator
Nobuko Takahashi ... digital ink and paint artist
Yukie Takahashi ... inbetween animator
Yôhei Takamatsu ... background artist (as Yohei Takamatsu)
Nobuyuki Takeuchi ... key animator
Teiichi Takiguchi ... key animator
Atsushi Tamura ... assistant supervising animator
Takanori Tanaka ... background artist: Ogura Kôbô
Yûichi Tanaka ... key animator (as Yuichi Tanaka)
Kumiko Tanihira ... inbetween animator
Hitomi Tateno ... inbetween animator
Masako Terada ... inbetween animator
Akiko Teshima ... inbetween animator
Keiko Tomizawa ... inbetween animator
Kazuhide Tomonaga ... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Ryuji Uchida ... digital ink and paint artist
Mineko Ueda ... key animator
Ryotaro Ueta ... background artist: Ogura Kôbô
Yukari Umebayashi ... inbetween animator
Alexandra Weihrauch ... inbetween animator
Shinichiro Yamada ... key animator
Kenichi Yamaguchi ... key animator
Hirômi Yamakawa ... key animator
Eiji Yamamori ... assistant supervising animator
Tomoko Yamamoto ... digital ink and paint artist
Akihiko Yamashita ... assistant supervising animator
Yukari Yamaura ... inbetween animator
Kiyomi Yamazaki ... cel checker
Yun Ju Yang ... inbetween animator
Kikuyo Yano ... background artist
Morihiko Yano ... inbetween animator
Hisao Yokobori ... key animator: Telecom Animation Film
Masafumi Yokota ... key animator
Mi Kyoung Yoon ... inbetween animator
Noboru Yoshida ... background artist
Mitsuo Yoshino ... background artist
Myung Hee Youn ... inbetween artist
Takashi Ômori ... background artist (as Takashi Omori)
Atsuko Ôtani ... key animator
Shinji Ôtsuka ... key animator (as Shinji Otsuka)

Casting Department

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Terri Douglas ... adr voice casting
Motohiro Hatanaka ... casting coordinator: Pug Point Japan
Ayumi Sato ... casting coordinator: Pug Point Japan
Naomi Yasu ... casting coordinator: Pug Point Japan

Music Department

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Yuko Hisamatsu ... music production manager
Kazumi Inaki ... music producer: Studio Ghibli
Kenjirô Kishi ... music production manager
Hiroshi Kumagai ... conductor
Takamune Negishi ... music arranger
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra ... music performed by
Takuo Yamamoto ... music arranger: strings and horns arrangement
Naoko Ôno ... musical director

Other crew

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Steve Alpert ... overseas promotion manager (as Stephen Alpert)
Nao Amisaki ... overseas promotion manager
Hisayuki Annen ... production committee: Mitsubishi Corporation "The Cat Returns"
Kino Arai ... production cooperation
Shokichi Arai ... public relations
Koichi Asano ... character production development
Naomi Atsuta ... production supervisor
Ayaka Beppu ... production committee: Nippon Television Network "The Cat Returns"
Hideo Deguchi ... production desk
Rick Dempsey ... dialogue director
Mitsuo Fujimoto ... production committee: Hakuhôdô "The Cat Returns"
Eiko Fujitsu ... production supervisor
Nozomi Fukuda ... advertising producer: Major
Toshio Hagiwara ... production committee: Nippon Television Network "The Cat Returns"
Mieko Hara ... advertising producer: Major
Takeshi Hashimoto ... production committee: Mitsubishi Corporation "The Cat Returns"
Mayumi Hirakata ... production committee: Nippon Television Network "The Cat Returns"
Ken'ichi Hirano ... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "The Cat Returns"
Misa Hirano ... advertising producer: Major
Hiroe Hirata ... production committee: Hakuhôdô "The Cat Returns"
Tomoki Horaguchi ... production supervisor
Hiroi Hosokawa ... advertising producer: Major
Minami Ichikawa ... production committee: Tôhô "The Cat Returns"
Akio Ichimura ... production supervisor
Tomomi Imai ... character production development
Kenji Imura ... production desk
Shinpei Ise ... advertising producer
Taishi Ishida ... production supervisor
Tôru Itabashi ... production committee: Mitsubishi Corporation "The Cat Returns"
Keiichi Itagaki ... trailer production: Gal Enterprise
Hisayo Itô ... production supervisor
Junko Itô ... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "The Cat Returns"
Kazuaki Itô ... production committee: Nippon Television Network "The Cat Returns"
Tôru Iwafuchi ... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "The Cat Returns"
Rieko Izutsu ... character production development
Daisuke Kadoya ... production committee: Nippon Television Network "The Cat Returns"
Emi Kagawa ... advertising producer: Major
Atsushi Kamimura ... production assistant
Yasushi Kanno ... advertising producer: Major
Satoko Kariya ... production committee: Mitsubishi Corporation "The Cat Returns"
Toshiyuki Kawabata ... production administration desk
Yoshihisa Kawazoe ... production committee: Hakuhôdô "The Cat Returns"
Ryosuke Kiyokawa ... production assistant
Subaru Kobayashi ... production committee: Nippon Television Network "The Cat Returns"
Shôgo Komagata ... production supervisor
Michiyo Koyanagi ... advertising producer: Major
Ned Lott ... dialogue director
Kaoru Mano ... titles: Malin Post
Sanae Mitsugi ... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "The Cat Returns"
Hayao Miyazaki ... project concept
Yuichiro Mochizuki ... production assistant
Minoru Muroi ... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "The Cat Returns"
Takashi Nagai ... music copyright manager
Ai Nakanishi ... advertising producer: Major
Tetsuo Nakazawa ... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "The Cat Returns"
Naohiko Nishio ... production committee: Mitsubishi Corporation "The Cat Returns"
Junichi Nishioka ... public relations
Shinsuke Nonaka ... production affairs manager
Naoto Okamura ... advertising producer: Major
Hiroyuki Orihara ... advertising producer: Major
Shinsaku Sasaki ... production cooperation
Takashi Satou ... production committee: Hakuhôdô "The Cat Returns"
Tatsuo Satô ... production committee: Mitsubishi Corporation "The Cat Returns"
Sueko Sawanuma ... production supervisor
Kazuhiko Seda ... production committee: Tôhô "The Cat Returns"
Mion Shibuya ... publishing
Yoshishige Shimatani ... production committee: Tôhô "The Cat Returns"
Nobuko Shiraki ... public relations
Yasumasa Sone ... production committee: Hakuhôdô "The Cat Returns"
Daizô Suzuki ... production committee: Mitsubishi Corporation "The Cat Returns"
Yukari Tai ... publishing
Mikiko Takeda ... overseas promotion manager
Takashi Tanatsugu ... production committee: Nippon Television Network "The Cat Returns"
Yosuke Toba ... production assistant
Masaya Tokuyama ... special advisor
Miyuki Torimiya ... supervising manager
Tsuneo Toriyama ... production committee: Hakuhôdô "The Cat Returns"
Masaru Tsuchiya ... advertising producer: Major
Ryôko Tsutsui ... publishing
Yumiko Ukai ... public relations
Yukiko Wada ... production committee: Hakuhôdô "The Cat Returns"
Morikazu Wakizaka ... advertising producer: Major
Mika Watanabe ... advertising producer: Major
Mitsu Watanabe ... production supervisor
Masaru Yabe ... special advisor
Tamami Yamamoto ... production supervisor
Tetsuya Yamamoto ... production committee: Mitsubishi Corporation "The Cat Returns"
Fumio Yamazaki ... production cooperation
Keiyô Yasuda ... production supervisor
Mika Yasuda ... character production development
Yoshirô Yasunaga ... production committee: Hakuhôdô "The Cat Returns"
Takahiro Yonezawa ... production committee: Tokuma Shoten "The Cat Returns"
Jun'ya Yoshida ... production cooperation
Seiichi Yuasa ... production committee: Hakuhôdô "The Cat Returns"
Ryôhei Ôkubo ... advertising producer: Major

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Believe in magic... Discover the secret of another land. See more »
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Also Known As
  • 猫の恩返し (Japan, Japanese title)
  • Neko No Ongaeshi (Canada, English title)
  • The Cat Returns (United States)
  • The Cat Returns (World-wide, English title)
  • The Cat Returns (United Kingdom)
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Runtime
  • 75 min
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $53,941,760

Did You Know?

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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 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Cat Returns (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Kaze Ni Naru See more »
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 »
Quotes Baron: Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear.
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