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The first thing I'd like to get out of the way is, if you were one of the people who had a weird crush on Simba the Lion growing up - I know you're out there, I know at least two of you personally - this movie may be another strange experience.
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.
Good ghibli movie .Better than the first one. completely different this is for small kids too. My girls 4&6 really enjoy it. 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...
I quite like the Ghibli films and bought this for my nephew. Having sat down and watching this, it is fair to say that this isn't quite the visual treat of the other films from this studio and the attention to detail in the drawing that usually marks their films is curiously absent.
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.
I've watched this twice so far! Once with my partner and once with my 6 year old son. My son was completely glued to the TV throughout the whole film! If you like cats and animation, this is the film for you!
Great film the animation is beautiful and the story is really good only issue is that an angle sign appears on the screen that I can’t get rid of but don’t let that put you off cos it might be something to do with the DVD player I put it in.
One of my favourite Ghibli films, a somewhat screwy girl is kidnapped by cats to marry their prince whos life she saved. Her only hope at rescue before she becomes a cat is a detective agency also run by a cat, the Baron. It's a light-hearted fantasy film, and easy watch. Exciting and funny.
The Cat Returns is one of the best Studio Ghibli films i have ever watched. It was funny, adventurous and very artistic. In this film you follow the adventure Of Haru a normal teenage school girl who one day while walking home from school sees a cat with a present running across the road but the cat drops the present and is in danger of being run over so Haru scoops up the cat and saves the cats life.
Now Haru has started a whole new adventure for herself by meeting talking cats, living work of arts and also by visitng whole other worlds which you wouldnt believe existed.
So this film The Cat Returns is guaranteed to take your imagination on a journey like you have never seen before and also guaranteed to make you laugh throughout the film and also keep you glued to your seat as you will not want to miss a single piece of this adventure with Haru and her new friends.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes anime, cats, comedy or all three. If you are a newcomer to anime this would be a good place to get your imagination going.
This was a childhood favourite of mine and still is. A delightful coming of age tale of Haru as she is taken into the Cat Kingdom. Both the sub and dub versions are good and it's a great addition to my blu ray collection.
I have this on DVD when it came out on Blu-ray I just had to get it as with the rest of the Studio Ghibli releases on the Blu-ray format the colours are richer and the picture shraper.These are the films you can enjoy again and again.Also to note this has the second appearence of the Baron in a Ghibli film.Would recomend this to anyone new to anime or for the ardent anime fans who have not seen it well worth watching.