The Cat ReturnsJuly 19, 2002
After helping a cat, a young 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.
Release Year: 2002
Rating: 7.2/10 (9,293 voted)
Stars: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda
A young 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.
Writers: Aoi Hiiragi, Reiko Yoshida
(voice: English version)
Journey to another land.
Release Date: 19 July 2002
(29 September 2002)
Did You Know?
The film started when Studio Ghibli received a proposal from a Japanese theme park to make a twenty minute animation starring cats.
When Haru first goes to the Cross Roads to meet Muta, all the banners say "Cross Loads". When Haru goes back again at the end with her friend, one banner says "Cross Roads", but then they all revert to "Cross Loads"
Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear.
Delightful and charming – these two words sum up this film perfectly. My
only gripe is that
the story takes a little bit to kick into gear, but when it does you find
yourself utterly drawn
into the magical world this tale inhabits. And an utterly bizarre tale this
is, with enough
laughs, emotion and poignant moments anyone could want.
With beautiful animation, appealing character design and a wonderfully
fitting score, Neko no
Ongaeshi is now amongst my favorite animated pieces. For anime buffs,
animated film buffs,
ANYONE – I can't recommend this highly enough.