The Cat Returns
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : Japanese, English
- Package Dimensions : 17.5 x 13.7 x 1.9 cm; 100 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : OPTBD0136
- Media Format : CD+DVD
- Dubbed: : English
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Studiocanal
- ASIN : B00IIK6C6K
- Number of discs : 2
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From the makers of the Oscar winning SPIRITED AWAY comes a fantasy adventure tale perfect for young audiences and cat lovers alike, THE CAT RETURNS now available for the first time on Blu-ray in stunning high-definition. Extras The Making of The Cat Returns Complete Storyboards Original Japanese Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots Studio Ghibli Trailer Reel
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At the start of this movie, Haru is a heroine reminiscent of Usagi in Sailor Moon. By that I mean she sleeps in, is late to school and is generally pretty clumsy. On her way home from school, she saves a cat from being run over by a truck, and is somewhat stunned when it stands on its back legs and thanks her for saving it. That's nothing compared to the shock she feels when that night, a whole procession of cats turns up to her house promising her many gifts and rewards for saving the life of the Prince of Cats. These gifts are more cat orientated than human orientated and the last prize, the "gift" of marriage to the Prince of Cats leaves Haru more than a little concerned. A voice tells her to seek "The Baron" and that's when the story really takes off.
One thing I really like about Studio Ghibli, or at least the ones I've watched, is how the English dub doesn't actually take anything away from the movie. It's no exception here. Anne Hathaway, Cary Elwes and Peter Boyle are fantastic, and although Tim Curry doesn't actually talk that much until the end, when he does, he kind of steals the show. This is a movie I flip between watching in both English and Japanese and don't feel cheated either way. Both Japanese and English Voice actors really bring their characters alive, from the clumsiness of Haru to the bluntness of Muta (The big white sidekick of the Baron, who gets very angry if you pronounce his name "Moo-ta". Which happens) all these characters feel real.
Speaking of characters. The Baron. So slick. So charming. So refined. So cool. Every time I've watched this with friends, there's always been one who has expressed some kind of mini crush on what is essentially a cat in a suit. Big props to Cary Elwes and Yoshihiko Hakamada for conveying that through their acting.
The DVD is rated a U and I think if you have children who love cats and a little bit of silly slapstick humour they would happily sit through this. That doesn't mean its a childs film, just that it is a film suitable for children. It's one of my favourite Studio Ghibli films and I may have to go and re-watch it after posting this.
they say TOTORO then PONYO then KIKI are their favs so that might help you shop for another if like me have little ones... Spirited away is fantastic but a bit scary...
Ghibli have an ability to produce films whilst are works of art and that are also surprisingly profound. They all seem to have a moral in the tale and if they have a failing, I suppose there is a cultural things where some elements can appear quite cruel or incorporate a level of violence that contrasts with the slapstick humour of say Tom & Jerry. There was one moment in this film where a host of unfatisfactory entertainers are thrown out of the window of a tower which did seem a bit alarming. this reservation aside, the story isn't bad and it did pass an agreable hour and a half. However, if you are a newcomer to the charms of Ghibli, this is probably one to explore later with "Whispers of the heart" (the film from which the Baron character in this effort first appeared) probably a first call along with "Kiki's delivery service" - perhaps the best of the bunch.