Neko no Ongaeshi (The Cat Returns)
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Aoi Hiiragi's manga about a schoolgirl's adventures with a very unusual feline comes to the screen in this witty anime feature. Haru is a girl who one day saves the life of a cat while on her way to school. To her surprise, Haru learns she came to the rescue of no ordinary cat -- the kitty introduces her to the Kingdom of the Cats, where the feline potentate attempts to arrange a marriage between her and his son. Brought into a world he never knew existed, Haru learns a few lessons about herself as he discovers more about the strange and magical secret world of the cats. Neko No… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Catchy entertainment for kids and adults..."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"The Cat all fluff, but it's cute and enjoyable fluff at the very least."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Director Morita does an exemplary job of bringing a Japanese graphic novel to the screen."
‑ Robert Pardi, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film has some of Miyazaki's exquisite timing, pacing and use of space."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An enchanting, magical fable with a twisted vein of surrealism that makes you wonder exactly what they're smoking over there in the Land of the Rising Sun."
‑ Neil Smith,
"[Director] Morita has a slightly cruder, more realistic sense of the world and its looniness than does Miyazaki, and you can see where The Cat Returns moves on a different track even as it pays homage to Japan's current animation master."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"The story whisks gracefully along with little saunters and pitter-patters of humour. A Princess-and-the-Cat tale that also coolly reflects the arrogant aloofness, suave superciliousness and intriguing independence of man's best-when-convenient friend."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Interesting and watchable, but definitely not up to Miyazaki's standards."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"There's little tension or opportunity for emotional involvement in the brief story, and despite competent animation the cats are rarely anthropomorphised to good comic effect. One for anime -- and animal -- lovers only."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"The crescendo of craziness makes for a brisk, funny, and wholly unique 75-minute ride."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Another enjoyable fantasy adventure from Studio Ghibli."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Undeniably sweet, but it is also undeniably slight, and not remotely as visually rich as we've all come to expect from Studio Ghibli."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"...moves along at a brisk clip and features a bright, vibrant animation style..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"despite its exquisite artwork and expert voice cast, this still looks a bit like the bedraggled runt of the Ghibli litter."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"The Cat Returns is just a lovely family film."
‑ Michelle Thomas, Future Movies UK
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