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The Cat Returns Blu-ray Review (GKids Edition)


“The Cat Returns” is a Studio Ghibli winner.

The Story: Upon rescuing a Prince cat, a young girl named Haru finds her life turned upside down. She becomes visited by cats from the Cat Kingdom, she receives gifts from them, she learns that her ability to speak to cats has come in handy, she is asked to marry the Prince, she meets a smooth top hat and cane carrying cat named Baron Humbert von Gikkingen, she becomes abducted, and even transforms into a half cat. And that’s just what I can tell you! Can the helpful Baron get Haru get out of her troublesome ordeals? That is the question.

It’s safe to say that Studio Ghibli is one of the most consistent (if not the most consistent) studio out there. Every film they produce and release is filled with artistry and wonder. “The Cat Returns” is no different. While it may lack the depth of some of Miyazaki’s masterpieces, this “Alice In Wonderland” esque comedy is an magical fantasy adventure nonetheless. The “fish out of water” story just hooks you from the start and never lets go.

The primary reason “The Cat Returns” works so well, however, is the characters. Everyone from the hip cat Baron to the overweight grump Muta is delightful. You want to spend more time with these characters long after the 75 minute runtime is up. That right there is the sign of a good movie.


Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? Truth be told, the movie looks brand new. The colors are so crisp here.

Audio Tracks: English and Japanese 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How do they sound? The exceptional English cast makes this track a solid option, but you certainly can’t go wrong with the original language Japanese track either.

Extras: DVD copy, a booklet containing a blurb by Toshio Suzuki about Miyazaki, an interview with director Hiroyuki Morita, and color stills, storyboards of the film, the 34 minute behind-the-scenes featurette titled “The Making of Cat Returns,” another “Behind The Microphone” segment with the American voice cast as well as trailers and TV spots.


December 30, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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