Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Cat Returns (2002)

Title: The Cat Returns
Original Title: Neko no ongaeshi
Director: Hiroyuki Morita
Film Studio: Studio Ghibli
Language: English Translated
Animation Origin: Japan
Release Date (Japan): July 19, 2002
Release Date (USA): May 02, 2003

Film Review: Not a long film. Simple & Just Good.
by , November 17, 2013 | Rating:/ 10 stars

The version of the animation i watched is English-dubbed. It's weekend and there's not much i need to do so i just watched this anime film produced by Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli is best known for producing quality animation film in Japan. I remember watching "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" when i was young and i liked it. Latter the time i'm already old, there i realized Studio Ghibli produced that Nausicaa movie. I looked up for their other anime films and i found one in (here's the link of the free to watch video here). The title is "The Cat Returns".

I like the twist of the story. It's just hour and half long. Simple and good. There is good humour to it aside to her talking to cats. Though it's a little old, the quality of the animation is still fine.

I would recommend this to young ones, to my niece, I think. It's worth a watch.

Lesson (Warning: Spoiler Alert):

I noticed something in the ending part of the story where Haru and her friend saw two young moms passed by carting their babies. Haru stare at them and said "That's too bad." (see screenshots below):

Haru's friend gossiped that Machida broke up with his girlfriend.

Then, two young moms (i just think they're young) passed by. Haru stare at them.

Haru judged the two young moms. Why?!

Did she assumed Machida (her crush), pregnated his ex-girlfriend? Well, Machida wouldn't like her in the first place because she's messing all around (first part of the story). She got no confidence about herself. She just changed after exiting the Kingdom of Cats.

Popular Actress Dubbed The English Version of this Film:

I am surprised about who dubbed Haru in this anime film. I saw Anne Hathaway's name in the ending credits (see screenshot below):

Why i did not knew about this back 2002? I became familiar with Anne Hathaway with her role in The Princess Diaries film back in 2001 but not her dubbing this good animation. Well, I think, this animation film didn't reach Philippines back 2002. In my opinion, Philippines' Movie & Television Review & Classification Board (MTRCB), the governing body who decide what films to release here in this country, think this film will not generate money. Are we not overfed with western-made films already? To new MTRCB chair, heed my request, change the game, take Japanese animated films like thos showing to local cinemas.

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