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The Cat Returns
Japanese onesheet
猫の恩返し
(Neko no Ongaeshi)
Demographic Shōjo
Genre Fantasy
Animated movie
Director Hiroyuki Morita
Studio Studio Ghibli
Released 20 July 2002
Runtime 75 minutes
Manga: Baron: The Cat Returns
Author Aoi Hiiragi
Publisher Tokuma
Original run 2002 – 2002
Volumes 1

The Cat Returns (猫の恩返し Neko no Ongaeshi?, lit. The Cat's Repayment) is a Japanese animated film directed by Hiroyuki Morita, produced by Studio Ghibli and released to Japanese cinemas in 2002. Image File history File links Cat_Returns. ... Shōjo or shoujo (少女 lit. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... Hiroyuki Morita ) (born June, 1964) is a Japanese Animator and Director. ... Studio Ghibli, Inc. ... is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... // Cover of Mimi wo Sumaseba. ... Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co. ... Tankōbon ) is the Japanese term for a compilation volume of a particular series (such as a manga or a novel series, magazine articles, essays, craft patterns, etc. ... Animé redirects here. ... Hiroyuki Morita ) (born June, 1964) is a Japanese Animator and Director. ... Studio Ghibli, Inc. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


It received an Excellence Prize at the 2002 Japan Media Arts Festival. The Japan Media Arts Festival is an annual festival held by Japans Agency for Cultural Affairs since 1997. ...

Contents

Origin

In 1995, Studio Ghibli released a movie titled "Whisper of the Heart" (or If You Listen Closely), based on a manga by Aoi Hiiragi, about a young girl writing a fantasy novel. Although the girl's life had no magical elements, short fantasy scenes depicted what the girl was writing about. Those short scenes were so popular that fans demanded that a movie be made of the fictional girl's novel: that movie was The Cat Returns. Whisper of the Heart , literally If You Listen Closely) is the ninth anime feature film produced by Studio Ghibli, and a manga by Aoi Hiiragi on which it was based. ... This article is about the comics published in East Asian countries. ... // Cover of Mimi wo Sumaseba. ...


The Cat Returns began life as the "Cat Project" in 1999. Studio Ghibli received a request from a Japanese theme park to create a 20 minute short starring cats. Miyazaki wanted three key things to feature in the short-these were the Baron, Muta (Moon) and a mysterious antique shop. Aoi Hiiragi was commissioned to create the manga equivalent of the short, which is called Baron: The Cat Returns (バロン 猫の男爵 Baron: Neko no Danshaku?, lit. Baron: the Cat Baron) and is published in English by VIZ Media. Once again it was written from Shizuku's perspective, roughly two years in her future. The theme park later cancelled the project. Miyazaki can be: Miyazaki prefecture Miyazaki city of Miyazaki prefecture Name of famous Japanese animator and filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki Takiri Miyazaki, an athlete Tsutomu Miyazaki, a serial killer and otaku A common Japanese family name. ... Viz Media, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American anime, manga and Japanese entertainment company formed by the merger of Viz, LLC, and ShoPro Entertainment. ...


So, Miyazaki took the existing work done by the "Cat Project" and used it as a testing ground for future Ghibli directors - the short was now to be 45 minutes long. In the end, responsibility fell to Hiroyuki Morita, who had started out as an animator in 1999 for the film My Neighbors the Yamadas. Over a 9 month period he translated Aoi Hiiragi's Baron story into 535 pages of storyboards for what was to be The Cat Returns. Miyazaki & Suzuki decided to go ahead with a feature length film based entirely on Morita's storyboard; this was mainly because Haru, the main character had such a real feel to her[1]. My Neighbors the Yamadas was directed by Isao Takahata and was released by Studio Ghibli in 1999. ...


Characters

  • Haru - A 17 year old girl, the protagonist of the film.
  • Humbert, Baron von Gikkingen - Usually called Baron; a cat statue with a soul and owner of the Cat Bureau.
  • Muta - A fat, cynical cat who leads Haru to the Baron. (The Japanese word for "pig" is "Buta", which Muta is called on a couple of occasions, much to his chagrin.) His 'real' name is 'Renaldo Moon'.
  • Toto - A statue of a raven who comes alive, much like the Baron.
  • The Cat King - King of the Cat Kingdom.
  • Prince Lune - The Cat King's son.
  • Natori - The bespectacled advisor to the king.
  • Natoru - The excitable messenger for the king (though originally female, voiced as a male in the English-language release).
  • Yuki - A beautiful white servant cat of the Cat Kingdom.

For other uses, see Pig (disambiguation). ...

Plot

UK DVD box art


The story follows a girl called Haru, a quiet, shy, and unassuming high school student who has a long-suppressed ability to talk to cats. One day she saves a darkly colored, odd-eyed cat from being hit by a truck on a busy road. The cat turns out to be Lune, Prince of the Cat Kingdom. In return, the cats shower her with gifts of catnip and mice - and then she is offered the Prince's hand in marriage. Her mixed reply is taken as a yes. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (450x637, 66 KB)UK DVD cover This image is of a DVD cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the DVD or the studio which produced the DVD in question. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (450x637, 66 KB)UK DVD cover This image is of a DVD cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the DVD or the studio which produced the DVD in question. ... An odd-eyed white cat An odd-eyed cat is a cat with one blue eye and one green, orange or yellow eye. ...


Immersed in desperation over this unwanted development, Haru hears a kind female voice which tells her to seek out the Cat Bureau. Haru meets Muta, a large white cat the voice told her to seek for directions, who leads her there to meet the Baron, our male lead who happens to be a cat figurine given life by the hard work of his artist, and Toto, a stone raven who comes to life much like the Baron. Soon after meeting them, Haru and Muta are taken to the Cat Kingdom by force, leaving Toto and the Baron in the human world only to be followed by them. The Baron and his feathered friend finally find the entrance to the Cat Kingdom on Earth - five lakes forming a cat's paw.


Haru is conducted to a feast at the castle of the Cat Kingdom and she begins to slowly turn into a cat - with tan paws, ears, and whiskers, though still mainly human - so that she will make a suitable bride for the Prince. At the feast, the Baron (in disguise) dances with Haru as part of the entertainment, before being discovered and fighting off the guards so that he may rescue her. They are helped by Yuki, a snow-white female cat who works as a servant in the palace and who had tried to warn Haru to leave the Cat Kingdom before she was taken to the castle. Yuki shows them an escape leading to a tunnel.


Haru, the Baron, and Muta's escape leads them through a maze to a tower, which contains a portal back into Haru's world. The King goes through a series of efforts to keep them in the Cat Kingdom long enough for Haru to remain trapped in the form of a cat so that he can still have her as his daughter-in-law, going so far as to actually blow up the tower.


Lune and his guards return to the Cat Kingdom to reveal that the King was not acting on his behalf and he has no desire to marry Haru; he has instead planned on proposing to Yuki. Also, Muta is revealed to be a notorious criminal in the Kingdom (having devoured a whole lake of fish in one session), and Yuki as being the strange voice who'd advised Haru to go to the Cat Bureau. In her childhood Haru had saved Yuki from starvation by giving her the fish cookies she was eating, and Yuki has now repaid her in kind.


Eventually Haru, Muta and the Baron escape the Cat Realm, with the aid of Prince Lune and Toto, and Haru discovers her true self and admits her affection for the Baron, who replies that he admires a woman who speaks from the heart (but does not go so far as to say that he returns the emotion).


Credits

Hiroyuki Morita ) (born June, 1964) is a Japanese Animator and Director. ... Reiko yoshida was on the staff for these anime: Angelic Layer (TV) : Script (eps 6,12,20-21) ARIA The ANIMATION (TV) : Scenario ARIA The NATURAL (TV) : Screenplay Blood+ (TV) : Script (ep 8, 14, 22, 25, 31, 35,43,47) Bomberman Jetters (TV) : Script (ep 17,18,23,27,31... // Cover of Mimi wo Sumaseba. ... Hayao Miyazaki ) (born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... Hayao Miyazaki ) (born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. ... Yuji Nomi ), born July 19, 1958, is a Japanese composer. ... The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra (東京フィルハーモニー交響楽団) claims to be the oldest classical orchestra in Japan, having been founded in Nagoya in 1911. ... Toshio Suzuki (鈴木 利男 Suzuki Toshio) (b. ... Tokuma Shoten (徳間書店) is one of the largest entertainment publishers in Japan. ... Nippon Television Network Corporation (abbreviation: NTV, Japanese: 日本テレビ放送網株式会社, Nihon Terebi Hōsōmō Kabushiki Gaisha) is a television and radio network at Shiodome in Tokyo, Japan owned by the Yomiuri Shimbun. ... The Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group is a collection of affiliated motion picture studios, all subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company. ... Hakuhodo (博報堂) is Japans second largest advertising agency with gross sales of approximately 700 hundred million yen. ... For information on Mitsubishi brand computer monitors, see NEC-Mitsubishi Electronics Display of America Inc. ... The English-language version of Tohos famous logo, used from the early 1960s to the late 1990s. ... Studio Ghibli, Inc. ...

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Voice talent for the English dub

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Reception

Source Reviewer Grade / Score Notes
Anime News Network Carlo Santos Overall: A-
Story: B+
Animation: A
Art: A-
Music: B
DVD/Movie review
AnimeOnDVD Paul Jacques Content: A+
Audio: A-
Video: A-
Packaging: N/A
Menus: B
Extras: A-
DVD/Movie review
THEM Anime Reviews Hannah Stanton 4 out of 5 Movie review

References

  1. ^ from "The Making of The Cat Returns"

External links

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The Cat Returns - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (901 words)
The Cat(s) Return(s) a Favor) is a Japanese animated film directed by Morita Hiroyuki, produced by Studio Ghibli and released to Japanese cinemas in 2002.
In return, the cats shower her with gifts and inform her she is to be wedded to the Prince of the Cat Kingdom.
Lune and his guards return to the Cat Kingdom to reveal that the King was not acting on his behalf and he has no desire to marry Haru; he has instead planned on proposing to Yuki.
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The local cat community is similarly appreciative of her gesture, leading a ceremonial procession up to serenade her on her front doorstep that same evening and depositing a pile of lacrosse sticks in the school corridor to make up for the broken one.
However, the cats' final act of gratitude, a degree of marriage offered by none other than the King of Cats to his son whose life she has just saved is met with a little less enthusiasm.
The Cat Returns is a far safer film than Ghibli's more recent offerings, lacking both the epic flights of fantasy that mark out the work Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke and Porco Rosso) and the rigorous approach to character and plot of Takahata's finer films (Pompoko, Grave of the Fireflies and Only Yesterday).
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