The Cat Returns

Alt title: Neko no Ongaeshi

Movie (1 ep x 75 min)
4.19 of 5 from 12,130 votes
Rank #477

One afternoon on her way home from school, Haru saves a cat from getting run over by a truck and promptly gets the shock of her life when it stands on its hind legs to thank her. That night, she is greeted by a parade of felines who inform Haru that her earlier heroics saved the prince of the Cat Kingdom. Haru suddenly finds herself inundated with gifts of mice and catnip as means of thanks, culminating in the announcement that she will be taken to their kingdom to marry the prince. With no desire to marry Prince Lune, Haru turns to The Baron and Muta from the Cat Bureau for help, but unable to stop them, Haru is swept away by a horde of cats. Can Haru prevent this marriage of inconvenience and return home before she becomes a cat herself?

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DropofVenus's avatar by DropofVenus on Sep 25, 2014
Score 10/10

Not going to lie this short little Ghibli work is pretty damn perfect, as it should be. Many people say you should watch the Whisper of the Heart first before seeing this one, but I do not think it really matters. Before I explain more, let me give you a little background information about this movie's beginnings. Background: Basically after the Ghibli movie, Whisper of the Heart, came out in the late 90s (I... read more

bedheadred's avatar by bedheadred on Nov 17, 2013
Score 7/10

The Cat Returns is a Studio Ghibli film directed by Hiroyuki Morita. Destined to be a short but instead evolved into a full length movie, the film is a spin-off story for the Baron figurine from Whisper of the Heart. The Cat Returns is meant to be a comedy--very different than the Ghibli Miyazaki films.

The protagonist, Haru, is a very average teenager. She rescues a cat from being hit by and truck and... read more

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Whisper of the Heart Movie 1995

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Baron: The Cat Returns 2002 Original Manga



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