Cat Returns

Cat Returns

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Director: Hiroyuki Morita

Cast: Hiroyuki Morita, Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Kumiko Okae

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Haru, a typical teenage girl, goes through the looking glass when she impulsively rescues a cat in the path of a speeding bus. But this is no ordinary cat. Upon his rescue, he picks himself up, dusts himself off, and thanks Haru, telling her that he will thank her more properly in due time. Then follows a sublime sequence in which a midnight procession of cats escort their King to Haru's doorstep. The cat Haru rescued was the King' son, and the King believes Haru would make an ideal bride for him. When the cats carry her off to the Kingdom of Cats, it is up to the Cat Bureau, headed by the top hat-bedecked Baron, to rescue her before she is transformed into a cat. This gentle 2002 fantasy by novice director Hiroyuki Morita comes from Japan's famed Studio Ghibli, the house built by Hayao Miyazaki (creator of the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away). Tonally, it’s much more in the mold of Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro than the bloody and intense Princess Mononoke. As with previous Disney-distributed Ghibli films, the voice cast is impeccable, with an engaging Anne Hathaway as Horu, Cary Elwes as the dignified Baron, Tim Curry as the jive-talking Cat King, a hilarious Peter Boyle as fat cat Muta, and Elliot Gould as Toto, a raven who also helps the Baron and taunts Muta. The traditional cel animation, an endangered art form in this country, is a wonder to behold. If Miyazaki is passing the torch to a new generation of anime-tors, his legacy is in good hands.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2015
UPC:
0786936846164
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1AB
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:15:00
Sales rank:
2,948

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original Japanese storyboards; Behind the microphone-the actors behind the English-dubbed version of the movie share the challenges and fun creating it.; The making of The Cat Returns; Original Japanese trailers & TV spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chizuru Ikewaki Voice Only
Yoshihiko Hakamada Voice Only
Kumiko Okae Voice Only
Tetsuro Tanba Voice Only

Technical Credits
Hiroyuki Morita Director
Hironori Aihara Associate Producer
Koji Hoshino Associate Producer
Takeyoshi Matsushita Associate Producer
Tomoo Miyagawa Associate Producer
Hayao Miyazaki Executive Producer
Yuji Nomi Score Composer
Toshio Suzuki Producer
Hideyuki Takai Associate Producer
Megumi Uchida Editor
Seiichiro Ujie Associate Producer
Reiko Yoshida Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Cat Returns
1. Opening/Cat Rescue [:00]
2. The Cat King [:00]
3. Gifts From The King [:00]
4. The Cat Bureau [:00]
5. The Baron [:00]
6. The Cat Kingdom [:00]
7. A Reluctant Bride [:00]
8. The Baron's Promise [:00]
9. The King's Maze [:00]
10. The Prince Returns [:00]
11. The Exit [:00]
12. Home Again/Ending [:00]

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