Neko no Ongaeshi (The Cat Returns) (2002)
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Aoi Hiiragi's manga about a schoolgirl's adventures with a very unusual feline comes to the screen in this witty anime feature. Haru is a girl who one day saves the life of a cat while on her way to school. To her surprise, Haru learns she came to the rescue of no ordinary cat -- the kitty introduces her to the Kingdom of the Cats, where the feline potentate attempts to arrange a marriage between her and his son. Brought into a world he never knew existed, Haru learns a few lessons about herself
Jul 19, 2002 Wide
Feb 22, 2005
Toho Company Ltd. - Official Site
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[Director] Morita has a slightly cruder, more realistic sense of the world and its looniness than does Miyazaki, and you can see where The Cat Returns moves on a different track even as it pays homage to Japan's current animation master.
The Cat Returns...is all fluff, but it's cute and enjoyable fluff at the very least.
The story whisks gracefully along with little saunters and pitter-patters of humour. A Princess-and-the-Cat tale that also coolly reflects the arrogant aloofness, suave superciliousness and intriguing independence of man's best-when-convenient friend.
Undeniably sweet, but it is also undeniably slight, and not remotely as visually rich as we've all come to expect from Studio Ghibli.
Director Morita does an exemplary job of bringing a Japanese graphic novel to the screen.
Interesting and watchable, but definitely not up to Miyazaki's standards.
...moves along at a brisk clip and features a bright, vibrant animation style...
despite its exquisite artwork and expert voice cast, this still looks a bit like the bedraggled runt of the Ghibli litter.
An enchanting, magical fable with a twisted vein of surrealism that makes you wonder exactly what they're smoking over there in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The crescendo of craziness makes for a brisk, funny, and wholly unique 75-minute ride.
While the cats in this film are sentient, their attitude and egocentric behavior is strictly feline.
With the frantic, infernal energy (and cats) and even a little of the barbed social satire of Mikhail Bulgakov's Master and Margarita.
there are enough fun moments to make Cat worthwhile, especially if you're a fan of our feline friends
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