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The Cat Returns

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind the microphone with voice talent from the film including Anne Hathaway, Cary Elwes, and more; The Making of The Cat Returns; Complete storyboards - get an insider's look at the film's artistry; Original Japanese theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • UPC: 786936268836
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,619

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, 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

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

Side #1 -- Feature
   Play
   Bonus Features
      Behind the Microphone
      The Making of The Cat Returns
      Trailers & TV Spots
      Register Your DVD
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Bambi Special Edition
      Nausicaa/The Cat Returns/Porco Rosso
      The Incredibles
      Spirited Away
      Kiki's Delivery Service
      Castle in the Sky
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         French
         Japanese
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: English
         Captions & Subtitles: None
Side #2 -- Bonus Features
   Original Japanese Storyboards
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         Japanese
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
         Subtitles: English
         Captions & Subtitles: None
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie in the world by far!!!!!

    The day I rented this movie I watched 3 times in English,1 time in japanese( I didn't understand a thing,but it was awsome!), 1 time in french(not a word, but still awsome!) After that I watched it 4 more times. The next day I watched it with my friend, and then my other friend, they both wanted to watch it again, so we did. I can say that this movie, is the best movie That I have come across. I want to get the sound track, and Ayano Tsuji's cd, BUT I CANT FIND THEM!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    entertaining

    The Cat Returns is a sweet and funny cartoon following Haru's adventures greatly concerning cats. The animation is not Miyazaki quality, but like most Studio Ghibli movies, it's worth watching. It does not seem to have been rated, but there isn't anything violent and profane in The Cat Returns and the fairy tale plot makes it suitable for all ages. This film was based on another Ghibli movie which was, in turn, based on a novel by Aoi Hiiragi. Two feline characters are also in Whisper of the Heart, which has not been released in English yet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Interesting Movie! One of the best! A great storyline and char

    Interesting Movie! One of the best! A great storyline and characters!

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Adore the Story!

    I absolutely adore the storyline of "The Cat Returns".

    A girl with no confidence at all evolves into a confident woman after her adventures. Again, great story telling from Studio Ghibli. Highly recommend this for ALL AGES! I re-watched this movie so many times.

    GREAT music!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this movie alot and love how its anime based too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My New Favorite Film!

    I saw this film last night for the first time. It is not your usual Miazaki film in terms of animation, but it is just as beautiful and appealing to look at. The characters (especially Haru, the main character) are very realistic and likeable. Even though I detest Disney, this is a very well-done dub. Cast credits include Anne Hathaway, Tim Curry,Carry Elwes, ad Elliot Gould.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    True Magic

    This was a wonderful Movie. It was released on DVD in the US on Tuesday along with two other Studio Gimli movies: Porco Rosso and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1986) All three moves were great but I loved the Cat Returns most of all. It was very Alice in Wonderland. The story was great, the animation wasn¿t like that of Hayao Miyazaki who directed the other two, it was simpler and almost reminded me of the Triplets of Belleville. I highly recommend The Cat Returns. It was a fabulous adventure and fairy tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Ghibli Classic That's Not From Miyazaki

    I was very impressed with director Morita's work. He has certainly earned the label of Ghibli on this movie. It's definitely one of my favorites (I watched it 2 times the first day I rented it). And I think it's good for Anne Hathaway to play an anime role. Hopefully, this film and all other Ghibli films will get a ton of publicity, considering the stars in them. This is a really great movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    I bought this movie today because of the interesting title. It ended up being an awesome movie. even though it was an anime brought to us by disney. the quirky title was walk drew me to it. but it is really good

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