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The Cat Returns

3

More bizarro talking animals, lucid fantasy and slapstick mania from Japanese ’toon giants Studio Ghibli. Here, though, Ghibli godhead Hayao Miyazaki’s contribution is limited to “project concept” – and boy, does it show. The story follows timid teenage girl Haru, who saves a cat from becoming roadkill only to find herself sucked into a secret feline kingdom where furry wedlock and transmogrification threaten. Motored by derivative Lewis Carroll-esque surrealism, The Cat Returns packs nothing like the pizzazz and magic of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke or, well, any of Ghibli’s best. But for the kiddies, there’s charm enough: the hand-drawn animation is a delight and it’s all pepped by a smart US voice cast (Peter Boyle, Elliott Gould, Tim Curry). Sure to please if a) You’ve never seen a Ghibli film or b) Someone else wipes your bum.

 

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: September 26th 2005

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