The Cat Returns [Blu-ray]
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From the Studio that brought you SPIRITED AWAY comes the visually stunning THE CAT RETURNS. Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat, and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. To change her fate, she'll need to learn to believe in herself and, in the process, she will learn to appreciate her everyday life. For the first time ever on Disney Blu-ray comes THE CAT RETURNS, a magical animated adventure that will delight and inspire everyone.
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Reeling from this encounter, Haru discovers to her horror that the cats mean business when she arrives in school to find some bizarre 'gifts' - hundreds of wrapped presents containing live mice! Haru then hears a voice that asks her to find The Cat Bureau, and makes her way to a store (with the aid of an overlarge white cat named Muta) where she meets an elegant and charming cat named Baron von Gikkengen (Cary Elwes). The rest of the story focuses on the Baron's attempts to rescue Haru after she is kidnapped by the King of Cat's henchmen and kept prisoner in the Cat Kingdom.
I loved the underlying theme which addresses self-esteem and trying to find one's 'voice', universal themes which many adolescents struggle with. My five-and-a-half year old daughter might not have appreciated nor understood this theme, but she loved the rich visuals (plus it helps that both of us adore cats!). It is a story that can be appreciated by both young and older viewers on different levels. There is some violence involving battle scenes between the Baron, Haru, Muta and the King's cats, but these scenes are not gory or bloody. In my opinion, this animated feature is suitable for ages 5 and up, depending on the maturity level of the child. "The Cat Returns" is charming with an engaging plot and interesting characters. I plan to watch Whisper of the Heart which I understand features the Baron in it.
After a close friend mentioned seeing it, I decided I'd take the plunge and see it (along with it's semi-prequel, Whisper of the Heart).
Despite a decade of build-up, and a rather short running time (only about an hour and ten minutes), it exceeded my expectations!
It's a simply beautiful movie that left me wanting more, to see it again once wouldn't be enough, I can see myself viewing it again and again in the future!
My only complaints are the aforementioned run-time, and a bit of a rushed pace, the cover also could've been better, I just feel Europe got a better deal with the covers.
Looking forward to seeing it again, and maybe a blu-ray release too!
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