As an indirect sequel/spin-off to 'Whisper of the Heart', 'The Cat Returns' a delight. Morito establishes himself with a solid directorial effort in a world where Ghibli helmsmen Miyazaki and Takahata rule the roost.
I much preferred this to "Whispers" which I found overly schmaltzy. This had a magical realism touch, which made me think of Bruno Schulz, or Kafka, or Bulgakov, which a touch of Lewis Carroll of course. I really enjoyed it. Would have made a nice short novel.
It's cute, with a simple storyline which makes me think that this Studio Ghibli production is actually aimed at younger kids. But still.. This is the movie that made me fall in love with a non-human character - Baron!
i thought "whisper of the heart" was much better and i thought this story could have been a little deeper for what i envisioned of the baron but once i stopped the comparisons and treated this as an individual film in of itself, i was able to appreciate its humor and and story. this is a lot of fun but not something i really hold in my heart. it does make me want to save cats though!
Liked the protagonist a lot and was kind of disappointed when all the fussing in the catland started and the movie just turned into a very basic adventure story. The flying at the end was great though and Buta-san was an obvious, but funny joke.
A sweet comedic entry from Studio Ghibli perfect for cat lovers. Excellent voice actors seems to be the norm for these films, but Tim Curry as the Cat King is an excellent choice. I like the concept and the animations are again top notch. Sadly, I felt it being too short as it ends just when it starts to be interesting. Several unanswered questions to the story and the heroine lacks personality.
(Vu en DVD...et peut-être au ciné?) Véritable spin-off de "Si tu tends l'oreille" - puisque le film reprend 2 "personnages" secondaires de ce dernier -, il ne s'agit certes pas du plus grand chef-d’œuvre de Ghibli, mais le film reste tout de même incontestablement fun, en particulier grâce à des personnages réussis et une réalisation très dynamique. La dimension transfictionnelle est ici la cerise sur le gâteau! ;-)
un film delizioso, orgogliosamente minore (in quanto non tratta grandi temi a parte un velato discorso sul superamento dell'adolescenza), tra i più divertenti e divertiti del compianto studio Ghibli, con grande ritmo, belle ambientazioni e personaggi riuscitissimi