The Cat Returns

Alt title: Neko no Ongaeshi

Movie (1 ep x 75 min)
2002
4.239 out of 5 from 16,915 votes
Rank #591

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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vivafruit Oct 19, 2009
Score 7/10

I’m pretty sure Ghibli is one of the only studios on earth capable of taking a storyline like this one’s and making something worthwhile out of it. The plot has a kind of meandering, silly quality to it that could easily have turned to tedium, but no; from the seemingly boundless resources at Ghibli’s disposal, the studio makes the movie work as a creative, lighthearted, and ultimately... read more

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bedheadred Nov 18, 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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