The Cat Returns

(Neko no Ongaeshi)

[The Cat Returns]
In an imaginative and lighthearted tale, a young schoolgirl saves the life of a noble cat and is rewarded with a shocking proposal of marriage — to the Cat King's son — and a fateful journey to the extraordinary Kingdom of Cats!

Average Rating

Average Ratings: 79
Number of Review Sites: 12
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"...a miniature treasure of animated filmmaking."
Anime Jump! (Mike Toole) - 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)

"... while I still get the magic that Ghibli is capable of, and explore an unusual and interesting world, it was not without some weaknesses. "
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - worthy

" of the most enjoyable anime movies of the last few years, and for a simple reason: it's just pure, unbridled fun."
Anime News Network (Carlo Santos) - A-

"Morita's first run as a director here shows that he's paid attention the entire time and has an amazing eye for movement and detail himself."
Anime on DVD (Chris Beveridge) - B+

" of those special movies that has the magic to never let you down and to always bring a smile to your face and have you laughing out loud in no time."
Animefringe (Adam Arnold) - 4 (out of 5)

"It's like a modern day fairy tale, and once again Studio Ghibli's impeccable knack for merging reality and fantasy takes over."
Animetric (Rowena Lim Lei) - 5 stars (out of 5)

"Though there are some flaws with the film, it is still a very good movie that can be enjoyed by the entire family."
DVD Talk (John Sinnott) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)

"Although it's acceptable family entertainment, The Cat Returns should be stripped of the Ghibli logo."
DVD Verdict (Joel Pearce) - 76 (out of 100)

"Surprisingly polished work for a new director."
IGN (Sergio Non) - 7 (out of 10)

"It's a lively and wondrous fairy tale, full of surprises and terrific animation."
Science Fiction Weekly (Tasha Robinson) - A-

"Baron and Muta ... steal the show by far and the movie probably would have been much more interesting if it had solely been based on them. "
T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews (Hannah Stanton) - 4 stars (out of 5)

"Though the story is a little too simplistic to be one of Ghibli's best, Morita does a good job with the material."
The Anime Review (Jason Huff) - A-