The Cat Returns Reviews

  • Mar 01, 2021

    There's so many CATS. A student, whose life was not going so well, got stuck in cat's world and had to get out. This movie is a sequel to the Ghibli movie Whisper of the Heart because the imaginary cat character from Whisper is in this movie. The first thing I noticed was the small change in animation. The human characters' eyes had more attention and resembled more of the modern anime. This didn't affect the movie really much, but it was a noticeable change. The story was a lot more simple than other movies, and there wasn't any strong themes or things like that. It was just a fairly pleasant adventure with some thrills. Despite this, the main point of the story was about the main girl changing her outlook on life. I felt this aspect was pretty weak, partly because the movie focused more on showing cats and adventure. The adventure that the character went through didn't really justify the change in her attitude. Overall, a pretty okay short adventure. If you like cats, then you would have a very good time. 6.5/10

    There's so many CATS. A student, whose life was not going so well, got stuck in cat's world and had to get out. This movie is a sequel to the Ghibli movie Whisper of the Heart because the imaginary cat character from Whisper is in this movie. The first thing I noticed was the small change in animation. The human characters' eyes had more attention and resembled more of the modern anime. This didn't affect the movie really much, but it was a noticeable change. The story was a lot more simple than other movies, and there wasn't any strong themes or things like that. It was just a fairly pleasant adventure with some thrills. Despite this, the main point of the story was about the main girl changing her outlook on life. I felt this aspect was pretty weak, partly because the movie focused more on showing cats and adventure. The adventure that the character went through didn't really justify the change in her attitude. Overall, a pretty okay short adventure. If you like cats, then you would have a very good time. 6.5/10

  • Jan 01, 2021

    Cute cat adventure anime for children. Hiroyuki Morita's fantasy comedy anime The Cat Returns (2002) is a quick, light watch from Studio Ghibli and quirky spiritual sequel to Whisper of the Heart. It's certainly for younger kids and certain teenagers might like it too, so it may turn off adults from enjoying it for all the infantile feline puns and cat antics. The very young will enthusiastically enjoy The Cat Returns as I'm sure cat lovers will adore it. I hope young adults and adult viewers give The Cat Returns a chance though, as it's beautifully animated and playful at heart. Morita's direction is really brisk and fun with a sentimental tone for such a silly adventure. I like how he approaches finding confidence in yourself with complete sincerity. All Morita's ideas for directing animated cats are quite playful, whether for cute kittens or cuddly fat cats. Aoi Hiragi and Reiko Yoshida's script is well written with plenty of quirky cat characters and jokes to entertain kids of all ages. This fantasy fairy tale about a girl getting whisked away by cats only to be rescued by a gentleman cat called The Baron, from Whisper of the Heart, is just amazing. Their story has a maturity with the coming of age stuff, but some of the comedy falls flat as it's just too childish. Megumi Uchida did a nice job cutting down The Cat Returns to the bare necessities for a fast paced 75 minutes. Kentaro Takahashi's cinematography is gorgeous like every Ghibli film with wide shots when characters fall from the sky to cute close-ups of these endearing characters. All the hand drawn animation is really stunning with the variety of cats and cute anime girl designs too. I think many of the cats could have had more detail to make them more unique. Naoya Tanaka's art direction is lovely with breathtaking passages of the group of cats using portals to The Cat Kingdom or the water and fields of grass flowing with the air. Yuji Nomi's score is heavenly with an easy going vibe and light symphonic bliss to accompany endless cute cats throughout The Cat Returns. Anne Hathaway is wonderful as Haru with her elegant voice that's likable because of her earnest playfulness. She just sounds sweet as Haru. Cary Elwes was born to voice suave gentleman characters like his dashing hero cat: The Baron. Peter Boyle's fat cat is funny, but can be a bit much as his jokes are all centered around his rotundity or gluttony. Elliott Gould is fun as a crow though. Tim Curry is fun as the villainous Cat King, but some of his lines are just too creepy for this kids movie. I love Kristen Bell and Judy Greer's supporting voices, by the way. Nearly everyone is perfectly cast for The Cat Returns. In all, The Cat Returns doesn't match up to Hayao Miyazaki's films with Studio Ghibli, but it is a wonderful little adventure and a consistently funny comedy in its own right. I think it is a step below its predecessor, Whisper of the Heart, wherein The Baron first appears.

    Cute cat adventure anime for children. Hiroyuki Morita's fantasy comedy anime The Cat Returns (2002) is a quick, light watch from Studio Ghibli and quirky spiritual sequel to Whisper of the Heart. It's certainly for younger kids and certain teenagers might like it too, so it may turn off adults from enjoying it for all the infantile feline puns and cat antics. The very young will enthusiastically enjoy The Cat Returns as I'm sure cat lovers will adore it. I hope young adults and adult viewers give The Cat Returns a chance though, as it's beautifully animated and playful at heart. Morita's direction is really brisk and fun with a sentimental tone for such a silly adventure. I like how he approaches finding confidence in yourself with complete sincerity. All Morita's ideas for directing animated cats are quite playful, whether for cute kittens or cuddly fat cats. Aoi Hiragi and Reiko Yoshida's script is well written with plenty of quirky cat characters and jokes to entertain kids of all ages. This fantasy fairy tale about a girl getting whisked away by cats only to be rescued by a gentleman cat called The Baron, from Whisper of the Heart, is just amazing. Their story has a maturity with the coming of age stuff, but some of the comedy falls flat as it's just too childish. Megumi Uchida did a nice job cutting down The Cat Returns to the bare necessities for a fast paced 75 minutes. Kentaro Takahashi's cinematography is gorgeous like every Ghibli film with wide shots when characters fall from the sky to cute close-ups of these endearing characters. All the hand drawn animation is really stunning with the variety of cats and cute anime girl designs too. I think many of the cats could have had more detail to make them more unique. Naoya Tanaka's art direction is lovely with breathtaking passages of the group of cats using portals to The Cat Kingdom or the water and fields of grass flowing with the air. Yuji Nomi's score is heavenly with an easy going vibe and light symphonic bliss to accompany endless cute cats throughout The Cat Returns. Anne Hathaway is wonderful as Haru with her elegant voice that's likable because of her earnest playfulness. She just sounds sweet as Haru. Cary Elwes was born to voice suave gentleman characters like his dashing hero cat: The Baron. Peter Boyle's fat cat is funny, but can be a bit much as his jokes are all centered around his rotundity or gluttony. Elliott Gould is fun as a crow though. Tim Curry is fun as the villainous Cat King, but some of his lines are just too creepy for this kids movie. I love Kristen Bell and Judy Greer's supporting voices, by the way. Nearly everyone is perfectly cast for The Cat Returns. In all, The Cat Returns doesn't match up to Hayao Miyazaki's films with Studio Ghibli, but it is a wonderful little adventure and a consistently funny comedy in its own right. I think it is a step below its predecessor, Whisper of the Heart, wherein The Baron first appears.

  • Dec 30, 2020

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  • Dec 03, 2020

    The Cat Returns is one of studio Ghiblis films and is a beautifully animated film thats charming and engrossing.Starring the voices of iconic American Actors Anne Hathaway, Tim Curry, Peter Boyle, and Judy Greer. This Japanese animated film tells the story of a young socially awkward girl who ends up in a magical world of anthropomorphic cats. The animation is beautiful and has aged well. The story has a strong heart and powerful characters. The story seems to be a bit lacking but it feels like the great fairy tales we all grew up with filled with imagination. The humor is great and is filled with adventure. A film that unfortunately surpasses many of the mediocre animated films produced by Hollywood today.

    The Cat Returns is one of studio Ghiblis films and is a beautifully animated film thats charming and engrossing.Starring the voices of iconic American Actors Anne Hathaway, Tim Curry, Peter Boyle, and Judy Greer. This Japanese animated film tells the story of a young socially awkward girl who ends up in a magical world of anthropomorphic cats. The animation is beautiful and has aged well. The story has a strong heart and powerful characters. The story seems to be a bit lacking but it feels like the great fairy tales we all grew up with filled with imagination. The humor is great and is filled with adventure. A film that unfortunately surpasses many of the mediocre animated films produced by Hollywood today.

  • Oct 22, 2020

    While not particularly the BEST Miazaki movie, The Cat Returns is nevertheless a fun, exiting, humorous adventure for people of all ages.

    While not particularly the BEST Miazaki movie, The Cat Returns is nevertheless a fun, exiting, humorous adventure for people of all ages.

  • Oct 04, 2020

    Well-done film produced by Miyazaki Hayao that finds a high school student magically transported to a world inhabited by talking cats, where it appears she is being kidnapped for marriage and transfigured into a feline herself. Short and sweet at around 1h 15m.

    Well-done film produced by Miyazaki Hayao that finds a high school student magically transported to a world inhabited by talking cats, where it appears she is being kidnapped for marriage and transfigured into a feline herself. Short and sweet at around 1h 15m.

  • Sep 08, 2020

    The cat returns is a really heartwarming story from Ghibli. It's not one of their best movies, but it's still a memorable one. It has many funny and charming moments. The plot is quite simple and the story is not that deep, but it's still a fun watch.

    The cat returns is a really heartwarming story from Ghibli. It's not one of their best movies, but it's still a memorable one. It has many funny and charming moments. The plot is quite simple and the story is not that deep, but it's still a fun watch.

  • Sep 05, 2020

    This movie is good, it's heartwarming and very entertaining

    This movie is good, it's heartwarming and very entertaining

  • Aug 27, 2020

    Amazing best Anime entire adventurers

    Amazing best Anime entire adventurers

  • Aug 25, 2020

    I like Whispers of the Heart the prequel better, but this one was enjoyable as well. Its easy to follow and has amazing imagery and fantasy like all Ghibli's movie. This one the plot wasn't as good, but its a short film n great for kids as well. It's a sweet film about believing in urself and is kinda funny.

    I like Whispers of the Heart the prequel better, but this one was enjoyable as well. Its easy to follow and has amazing imagery and fantasy like all Ghibli's movie. This one the plot wasn't as good, but its a short film n great for kids as well. It's a sweet film about believing in urself and is kinda funny.