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Cat Returns, The ( Neko no ongaeshi ) (2003) Movie Information

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Hiroyuki Morita


Anne Hathaway
Cary Elwes
Judy Greer
Kristen Bell
Rene Auberjonois
Tim Curry





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After rescuing a cat from traffic, Haru finds herself the recipient of many gifts from the King of Cats. But his real wish is for Haru to marry his son, Prince Lune. Haru, however, isn't keen on the idea and with the help of grumpy real-world cat and a statuette that comes to life, she will escape the Cat Kingdom and reclaim her regular life. -- Chris Kavan

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Daniela Moraes 05/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Everytime I watch this movie, it makes me want to move to the ficticious city inside it, it's just perfect! A fantastic adventure with just the right amount of humor and romance.

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Bri 01/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A sadly uneven and fairly predictable children's fantasy movie, this film is elevated by its great voice acting, specifically Cary Elwes as the dashing cat baron, Tim Curry as the lecherous King of Cats, and Andy Richter (yes, Andy Richter) as a hilarious servant to the king. Not as good as some of its contemporaries, but a fun treat.

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artemis 09/03/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I rented this movie because it is billed as 'the sequel to Whisper of the Heart,' a movie that I adored. I did not find this to be true at all. In addition, it is much more thinly plotted and much less emotionally rich than Whisper of the Heart. It feels like an overly long episode of a TV show rather than a feature film. Plus all the fat jokes were, in my opinion, rather distasteful, and Disney dubbed the American release instead of offering the viewer the choice of dubbing or subtitling like they typically do with their Studio Ghibli releases. I'd only recommend this movie to Studio Ghibli completists.

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05/31/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Yes, even Ghibli can disappoint.

There are many Anime fans who believe that Studio Ghibli can do no wrong, but THE CAT RETURNS unfortunately shows that even a high-profile animation company who gave us titles such as PRINCESS MONONOKE, CASTLE IN THE SKY, SPIRITED AWAY, and NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND can produce a lesser effort. While far from foul, this movie is too annoyingly shallow and simplistic for its own good, with an overdose of saccharine "sweetness" and a plot which not only lacks substance, but unfolds in a predictable, watered-down sort of way that feels more reminiscent of a second rate Disney direct-to-video sequel. A semi-sequel to the enchanting WHISPER OF THE HEART, this film, which involves an unfortunate high school girl transformed into a cat after saving a feline's life, aims to be a breezy c...

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