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(2003)

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  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Japanese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AMSSBG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #732,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want a kitten. October 17, 2005
Format:DVD
Let me start off this review by saying the movie itself is a five star treat. I rented, after being on a Miyazaki and Ghibli streak, wanting to see all this Japanese studio had to offer. This one blew me away. It made me renew my love for cats, and I know this is one that my best friend, a feline fanatic himself, will probably be proudly displaying next to his What's Michael? japanese comics. Something the collective asian conscience gives them an affinity for cats, and it helps this movie shine. Anyone who has kids or cat lovers will enjoy this tale, but some may be a little lost. There was a movie before this one called Whisper of The Heart, not translated into english, but it isn't the same storyline, just the same characters, so you wont be missing any info, just dealing with a huge plot. Its worth investing in though.

WARNING!: Long Plot Ahead! (You should probably just skip to the end and then watch the movie, but it's here for the confused)

School girl Haru has problems. She can't seem to get up on time, make it school, or keep it together in class. She has a crush on the coolest kid in class, but he just got a girlfriend. Her self esteem is way down. On her way home from school, her and her friend observe a cat with a gold chain carrying a package. They watch it look both ways, and cross the street. It's carrying a small package in its mouth, and trips in the street, dropping the little package. They gasp, and Haru rushes into the street. As a truck is about to squish the little cat, she scoops him up with her lacrosse stick (carried home from school) and sweeps him into a bush. Upon landing in the bush alongside, she breaks her stick. The cat gets up, and then stands on it's hindlegs. After brushing himself off, he bows and says 'Thank you for saving my life.
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72 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprising choice . . . November 10, 2004
Format:DVD
I am not doing this review based on the Disney release, but on the original Japanese release. This charming little story is a product of Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, but it is directed by Miyazaki's associate, Hiroyuki Morita. It is actually a sequel to the excellent and equally charming Whisper of the Heart, another beautiful though very low-key Ghibli product. The strange thing is that Whisper of the Heart has never been released in the U.S.; releasing the sequel before the original is a bit odd.

That being said, a wealth of details about the films (and everything from Studio Ghibli) can be found on the tremendously informative nausicaa.net Web site. Since this film is being released with Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind and Porco Rosso on February 22, it can only be hoped that it will ride somewhat on the coattails of the two better-known Miyazaki works and will have decent sales. It's an excellent family film and is a refreshing change (like all of Ghibli's works) from giant robots, ninjas, vampires, brainless lowbrow comedy mixed with mindless violence, and the other junk that pervades way too much of contemporary anime releases.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but mixed June 7, 2005
Format:DVD
Fans of Miyazaki-san and Studio Ghibli will appreciate this release, even though, once again, the Guardians of American Culture at Disney have tinkered with the dialog and plot line to suit their agenda. The release seems ham-handed and rushed.

Quite annoying and unforgivable is the use of so-called "dubtitles" to accompany the Japanese dialog. Thus we get the altered meanings, extra conversational clutter and hip dialog revisions of the English dub, instead of a literal translation of the Japanese script. Why no true subtitles? Probably a budgetary/profit margin decision.

Anyway, it's not too bad, even though, as other reviewers have noted, the release to the N. American market suffers from lack of antecedent -- just who is The Cat, and why should we be excited at his return? Return from where, exactly?

2012 update: okay, I see now that The Cat's Repayment is a more accurate translation of the Japanese original title, which reaffirms anyway that the English title is still misleading and confusing, if not illiterate.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Miyazaki but not bad April 2, 2005
Format:DVD
I loved this movie. It's so cute. I even got my sister to watch it and she hates anime style movies. I consider it to be more of a Disney movie than an anime though it doesn't have as strong of a story as say Nausicaa, or Princess Monoke, but the director shows promise.

This is the story of Haru, a drama queen who lives with her mother. It starts with Haru saving a cat from being hit by a truck, the cat turns out to be the cat prince. His father the King is so grateful that the whole kingdom decides to give Haru gifts, the trouble is that they are gifts that only cats would like (like catnip), then they ask Haru to come to the cat kingdom and marry the prince. She then seeks help from the Baron and Muta. It's a great story about believing in yourself.

Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries) as Haru. Cary Elwes (Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Princess Bride) as the Baron. Peter Boyle (Everybody Loves Raymond) as Muta. Tim Curry does a great job as the Cat King.

This is a great movie for older kids, younger kids might be scared because cats talk and because of some violence.

I really like this movie and I highly recommend it along with the other Studio Ghibli films I am so glad that Disney has finally taken notice and released these films.

Oh BTW, I did watch these dubbed and in Japanese and I didn't notice that any real dialogue had been changed other than a word here and there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AWESOME movie! I love Studio Ghibli an "The Cat Returns" does not disappoint!
Published 11 days ago by Adrienne M. Butvinik
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Purchased this movie after seeing the movie "Whisper of the Heart" (a must see if you have not already viewed it). Read more
Published 17 days ago by D. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this movie.
What can I say about "The Cat Returns" other than we can't be friends if you don't like it? I guess I could also say MOO-ta. Because Peter Boyle is hilarious.
Published 27 days ago by Mary Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I'm glad that I was able to order this amazing movie from here. I didn't think that I would ever find it and it just amazing I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Studio Ghibli... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rosy Juarez
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for all ages
Being a fan of Miyazaki films and anime, I recently discovered this because of Studio Ghibli. Great story and film for any age. Reminded me of the Broadway Cats, without music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Its cute (:
I got this 1) Because Im collecting all the Studio Ghibli movies and 2)Because my nieces LOVE animals. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Katy White
4.0 out of 5 stars Present for my nephews
Present for my nephews. They love Hayao Miyasaki anime. I know they'll enjoy this product. I'm happy I found it.
Published 2 months ago by Andres Vazquez
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cat Returns is Too Awesome
You have to have an affinity for Japanese animation and story telling to really appreciate the depth of this work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sunystars
4.0 out of 5 stars The cat return
Good story about girl who help a cat out. She need help from another cat becouse she is turning in to a cat.
Published 2 months ago by rts8
5.0 out of 5 stars It's got character
What do you want from a Ghibli movie? It has a fantastic cast of characters brought to life with mesmerizing animation and incredible voice talent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by St. Patrick
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Haru looks like a Who, from the world of Dr Suess?
She does look very bug-like, very "Jimminy Cricket" at times but this is a nice change for Ghibli. I get tired of all their heroines looking like Nausicaa. Even the new girl in "The Borrowers" looks uncannily like Nausicaa. This is, actually, no accident. Miyazaki was (and... Read More
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