Watch The Cat Returns Full Movie
A spiritual successor-of-sorts to Yoshifumi Kondo’s Whisper of the Heart, The Cat Returns is a playful romp that combines Studio Ghibli’s signature brand of magical realism imbued with a fresh perspective courtesy of director Hiroyuki Morita. When Haru Yoshioka, a shy and absent-minded schoolgirl, rescues a mysterious cat while on her way home from school, she realizes she possesses the latent ability to talk to cats. Her life is then turned upside down as the cat’s father, the king of cats, showers her in bizarre tokens of gratitude and orders her betrothal to his son as “reward” for her kindness. It’s then up to her seek out the fabled Bureau of Cats to find the one person who might be able to save her: the dashing gentleman-noble Baron Humbert von Gikkingen. Naoya Tanaka’s art direction and Satoko Morikawa’s character designs are the real draw that distinguish the film’s look and feel, and with a simple yet whimsical story built around likable personalities and beautiful settings, The Cat Returns easily warrants mention alongside Studio Ghibli’s very best.
Director: Hiroyuki Morita
Writers: Aoi Hiiragi, Reiko Yoshida
Stars: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda
Plot Keywords: cat | anime | anthropomorphic cat | based on comic book | based on manga
Taglines: Journey to another land.
Genres: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Romance