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The Cat Returns (2002)

Neko no ongaeshi (original title)
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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.

Director:

Hiroyuki Morita

Writers:

Aoi Hiiragi (comic "Neko no Danshaku, Baron"), Reiko Yoshida (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chizuru Ikewaki Chizuru Ikewaki ... Haru (voice)
Yoshihiko Hakamada ... Baron (voice)
Aki Maeda ... Yuki (voice)
Takayuki Yamada ... Lune (voice)
Hitomi Satô ... Hiromi (voice)
Kenta Satoi Kenta Satoi ... Natori (voice)
Mari Hamada ... Natoru (voice)
Tetsu Watanabe ... Muta (voice)
Yôsuke Saitô Yôsuke Saitô ... Toto (voice)
Kumiko Okae Kumiko Okae ... Haru's Mother (voice)
Tetsurô Tanba ... Cat King (voice)
Yô Ôizumi ... Additional Voices (voice)
Yoko Honna Yoko Honna ... Chika (voice) (as Youko Honna)
Ken Yasuda ... Additional Voices (voice)
Anne Hathaway ... 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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Taglines:

Neko ni nattemo, iin janai? See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

13 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Reino dos Gatos See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$254,402, 22 April 2018

Gross USA:

$563,718

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,623,352
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

While every other cat in both the human world and the Cat Kingdom has paws, the Baron has human -shaped hands, covered in gloves and sporting long fingers and visible thumbs. He is also noticeably smaller in the human world, about two -third the size of an average cat. These attributes mirror those seen on the Baron figurine in Whisper of the Heart. See more »

Goofs

When Haru's friend calls to her, she is seen beside a table with a plant and vase. In the next scene, the table is gone and she is somewhere else. See more »

Quotes

The Baron: If you find yourself troubled by something mysterious or a problem that's hard to solve, there's a place you can go where you always find help. You just need to look for it.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese version begins with a text prologue; the English-dubbed version replaces this with a voice-over from the Baron (similar to how the opening of Princess Mononoke was handled). See more »

Connections

Spun-off from Whisper of the Heart (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaze Ni Naru
Lyrics & Music by Ayano Tsuji
Arranged by Takuo Yamamoto
Performed by Ayano Tsuji
Single Courtesy of Victor Speedstar Records
Soundtrack Courtesy of Tokuma Japan Communications
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Beautiful
5 August 2006 | by druquzdogSee all my reviews

I watched this for the fourth time today, and enjoyed it just as much, maybe more than the first. For the best experience, I recommend watching in Japanese, with subs if you need them. The original script and voice talent doesn't need the Hollywood treatment.

Such a beautiful story! I'm a cat lover, and I'm sure that helps me enjoy the movie more, but it's just great as a tale and you could apply any animal to the basic plot and get a similar result.

Every time I watch it I have a big pile of hankies nearby, as it never fails to move me. If you like the emotional feed-off you get from a nice sentimental feel-good film, you should really give this a go! Probably my favourite animated film ever.


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