The Cat Returns 20th Anniversary - Studio Ghibli Fest 2022

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  • Clip: Out Maneuvered
  • Clip: The Baron Rescues Haru

Movie Info & Cast


Haru is walking home after a dreary day of school when she spies a cat with a small gift box in its mouth crossing a busy street, and she jumps in front of traffic to save the cat from an oncoming truck. To her amazement, the cat gets up on its hind legs, brushes itself off, and thanks her very politely. But things take an even stranger turn when later than night, the King of Cats shows up at her doorstep in a feline motorcade. He showers Haru with gifts, and decrees that she shall marry the Prince and come live in the Kingdom of Cats!


  • Anne Hathaway
  • Kristen Bell
  • Cary Elwes
  • Peter Boyle
  • Elliott Gould
  • Judy Greer
  • Andrew Bevis
  • Rene Auberjonois
  • Andy Richter
  • Kristine Sutherland

Atom User Reviews

4.9 out of 5
Verified Review

I'm surprised I hadn't heard of this movie before this year, it seems much more digestible than a lot of other Ghibli films. The story's a bit more cliche, but that brings it closer to typical American animation, and I think ultimately it's better off. I wanna be like Baron when I grow up

Will S
Verified Review

This has been my least favorite movie of the Studio Ghibli Fest movies that I have watched. It was cute and definitely worth seeing once. I wouldn’t care to watch it again. I think it would be very entertaining for children.

Kristen T


Dec 3, 2019

As with much of Miyazaki’s own output, the film offers a winning heroine and a joyful dip into Japanese folklore, even if it does not stand up against the studios most celebrated works.

Metacritic review by Ben Nicholson
Ben Nicholson
Dec 3, 2019

The results are disappointingly conventional for a Ghibli film—the film is good-hearted, energetic, and full of Ghibli's characteristically beautiful hand-rendered animation, but it's also lightweight and hyper, with none of Miyazaki's more resonant themes.

Metacritic review by Tasha Robinson
Tasha Robinson
The A.V. Club