The Cat Returns
The Cat Returns (2002)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: July 19, 2002
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Nesselson

Catchy entertainment for kids and adults...

Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

The Cat all fluff, but it's cute and enjoyable fluff at the very least.

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Robert Pardi
TV Guide

Director Morita does an exemplary job of bringing a Japanese graphic novel to the screen.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

[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.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

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.

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Daniel Etherington

Interesting and watchable, but definitely not up to Miyazaki's standards.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Another enjoyable fantasy adventure from Studio Ghibli.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Undeniably sweet, but it is also undeniably slight, and not remotely as visually rich as we've all come to expect from Studio Ghibli.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...moves along at a brisk clip and features a bright, vibrant animation style...

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Keiko Aya
Directed by Hiroyuki Morita and voices by Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda, Takayuki Yamada, and Kenta Satoi. Whispers from the heart is my… More
Christopher Heim
Sorta like 'Spirited Away' but with a much more whimsical and playful tone. Very bizarre but effectively endearing personal tale about a directionless… More
Dead Angel
Haru looked like the girl from diner dash game (except the nose)! I did enjoyed this but it wasn't great like <i>Spirited Away</i> or the… More
Daniel Mumby
The critical and commercial rapture surrounding Spirited Away introduced a new wave of audiences to the work of Studio Ghibli. This in turn led to a whirlwind… More
Robert C
Another whimsical addition to the film vaults at Studio Ghibli. With their films, I know I can just sitting down, check out and enjoy the wonderful little… More