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!
(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
Super love Haru's transformation based on what's going on with her emotions. Aren't we all a teenage girl, just trying to find out our true selves? "Always believe in yourself. Do this and no matter where you are, you will have nothing to fear." - Baron