The Cat Returns [Blu-ray] [2002]

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  • Release Date: 01/16/2018
  • Rating: G
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (167 out of 169)

Special Features


  • Behind the microphone
  • Feature-Length storyboards
  • Original theatrical trailers and TV spots
  • The making of The Cat Returns

Synopsis


The Cat Returns
Aoi Hiiragi's manga about a schoolgirl's adventures with a very unusual feline comes to the screen in this witty anime feature. Haru is a girl who one day saves the life of a cat while on her way to school. To her surprise, Haru learns she came to the rescue of no ordinary cat -- the kitty introduces her to the Kingdom of the Cats, where the feline potentate attempts to arrange a marriage between her and his son. Brought into a world he never knew existed, Haru learns a few lessons about herself as he discovers more about the strange and magical secret world of the cats. Neko No Ongaeshi (aka The Cat Returns) was released in the United States with a dubbed soundtrack featuring the voice talents of Anne Hathaway, Andy Richter, Tim Curry, Peter Boyle, and Elliott Gould. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


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    Chizuru Ikewaki - Haru
  • Anne Hathaway
    Anne Hathaway - Haru (English Version)
  • Kristine Sutherland
    Kristine Sutherland - Haru's mother (English Version)
  • Yoshihiko Hakamada
    Yoshihiko Hakamada - The Baron
  • Cary Elwes
    Cary Elwes - The Baron (English Version)



Overall customer rating

4.8
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Are you a cat lover?

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    Wolfbrothertitan
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    To quote Haru, “So cool!” That said, how do I describe this one...well, the basics are a very little like Spirited Away, probably the most well known and loved of Studio Ghibli’s movies. In this one Haru, your main character, is a teenage girl obsessed with all things, and particularly one boy, that she sees as cool, something she doesn’t think of herself as. She saves a cat in the street from being run over, and while some stories might have killed her then and there and gone in a completely different direction, here she survived only to find that there is a Cat Kingdom and that she saved the prince of that kingdom’s life and the King wants to reward her. Unfortunately, what a cat would think a great reward a teenage girl...not so much, and that is where this story is unique, since, while Haru thinks nothing of it, we quickly learn she has the ability to talk to cats. Before the story they hadn’t really talked to her much, but now it leads her to someone who she hopes will intervene with the kingdom on her behalf, mostly to get them to leave her alone. Now, rather than go into any real details I’ll just say get the movie and enjoy Haru’s journey from where she began to a very different girl.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good movie for slightly older kids

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    This movie was lost on my very young children. There is some fat shaming humor that I didn't appreciate, but I think would be fine for more mature kids who can understand the lightheartedness of it as friendly razzing between the characters. There is some cartoon violence but its really tame. Nothing that a kid who is old enough to enjoy the story would be bothered by. There is also a teen crush that the main character develops that I think was treated very well for a cartoon. This is a nice coming of age movie with a lot of imagination, but will be lost on the younger ones. Overall I thought it was good, but I wished I hadn't gotten it to share with my very young children. Maybe some day further down the road. I was thinking it would be more in line with Totoro, being one of the few Ghibli movies that is rated G. I highly recommend The Secret Life of Arretti, Kiki's Delivery Service and Ponyo for all ages Studio Ghibli movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A fun tangent from the traditional Ghibli formulas

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    weirdpooh
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    The animation is amazing, the story is kind of silly in the best way, the characters are likeable and even the English dub isn't half-bad! You can't complain when Anne Hathaway, Tim Curry, Cary Elwes and Peter Boyle are in the same movie. Oh, and Andy Richter, too. And for Ghibli fans expecting a Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata masterpiece, give Hiroyuki Morita a chance! I'd definitely say this much more light-hearted film than most Ghibli productions not quite as epic feeling, a little more in line with a Disney movie (which it is, even if only in "presented to American audiences by..." sort of way).

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great family friendly film with helpful messaging

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    Kevin606
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    First off, I am already a big fan of Studio Ghibli - such films as Princess Mononoke and Totoro. This one leans more in the vein of Totoro - much lighter than Nausicaa and such. This movie has a female lead that is unsure of herself, but grows stronger as the movie progresses with the help of a cat figure that has come to life. I would highly suggest this movie for your kids - especially if they have a love/appreciation of cats.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Story Line-actually has a lesson

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    Katlady09

    Wonderful story of a young girl who does the right thing, but isn't sure it was worth the consequences. It revolves around a school girl who is kidnapped and a kingdom of cats. Magical characters with unique personalities. There are some amusing and many strange incidents for the young heroine. Shows children that it is always best to have confidence and believe in yourself. Really great if you or your child are a cat lover!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than what others say

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    Katarina
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    Now I've seen this movie before I had bought it. I remember reading other people's reviews about it and I was a little surprised at how people had put it down. If you like the other movies Studio Ghibli have done than you'll like this one as well. It's very creative and again the animation is wonderful. It's a unique story and i really like it, after all it is part of my collection!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Heart-warming tale

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    dockgonzo
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    I have seen most of the Miyazaki/Ghibli movies, but this one somehow fell under the radar. I only became aware of it from an AMV at Anime Expo. Now that Disney is finally putting Miyazaki's amazing collection on Blu-ray, I am starting to build up a collection of my own. This movie is every bit as enjoyable as I would expect, and I would recommend it to anyone that is a fan of anime or family movies.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gotta Love Anime

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    Jimmy
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    What an absurd film. Girl saves cat, cat proposes marriage, girl doesn't say no, cat takes it as a yes and starts showering her with gifts. In lesser hands, this story would fall flat, but this is just the right amount of absurd, self-aware and sincere to make the whole thing a lot of fun and a joy to watch. Not a deep film, but so much fun.

    I would recommend this to a friend


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