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TBC
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Anne Hathaway
Tim Curry
Judy Greer
Elliot Gould
Cary Elwes
Peter Boyle.
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Hiroyuki Morita.
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The Cat Returns
A bizarre earlier offering from the makers of Spirited Away.


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Plot
After rescuing a cat, teenage schoolgirl Haru is taken to the Kingdom Of Cats and prepared to marry said feline, who happens to be a prince ù although, more bizarrely, she develops a crush on a porcelain cat called the Baron who tries to help her escape.


Review
Though produced in 2002, this Studio Ghibli movie suffers by comparison with the animation house's breakthrough Spirited Away. After rescuing a cat, teenage schoolgirl Haru is taken to the Kingdom Of Cats and prepared to marry said feline, who happens to be a prince - although, more bizarrely, she develops a crush on a porcelain cat called the Baron who tries to help her escape.

Crossbreeding issues aside, the Alice In Wonderland set-up - based on the manga book Baron: The Cat Returns - has its whimsical charms, especially for cat fans and children. But 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.


Verdict
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.


Reviewed by Anna Smith

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The Cat Returns

great movie. i wanted to watch the japaneese version but the subtitles werent availible. the dub is very good and overall a great movie ... More

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Posted by rockerjo at 19:34, 22 February 2007 | Report This Post


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I've been collecting the Studio Ghibli films, and I bought this one recently. It's absolutely beautiful. It's such a sweet story, and I totally agree with chocchunk about the superb English dub. ... More

Posted by AgentGoth at 09:57, 04 November 2006 | Report This Post


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Not as good as Miyazaki's offerings but an entertaining Studio Ghibli release nonetheless ... More

Posted by Fluke Skywalker at 23:09, 30 October 2006 | Report This Post


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I recently bought this DVD and i have to say ot was great. OK it may not be as great as Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke but it it is still a wonderful movie packed with adventure and possibly one of the best English dubs i have ever seen on an anime movie. Deffinately worth buying and a good start for anyone who is considering collecting all fourteen of the movies in the studio Ghibli collection. ... More

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