Soon after meeting them, Haru and Muta are forcefully taken to the Cat Kingdom, leaving Toto and the Baron in the human world to follow the group from the air. CAT Returns & WHISPER of the Heart / Mimi wo Sumaseba 105 items. While not the greatest Studio Ghibli film by any measure, I was thoroughly entertained by the creative and strange story of a young girl and her adventures in a world of cats. I watched the cat returns a long time ago and when I saw whisper of the heart (after) I rememered the baron and was wondering what was the connection, you really showed everything even the images, makes me want to see the films again !! Lune and his guards return to the Cat Kingdom to reveal the King was not acting on his behalf and that he has no desire to marry Haru; he has instead planned on proposing to Yuki. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. My article was pointing out how I could see “The Cat Returns,” being a story that she wrote, given it’s parallels to events in “Whisper of the Heart.”. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. They just define them so well through design and minor subtleties that by the time a cat stands upright and begins speaking with Cary Elwes's voice you're already too in love to care about all the ridiculous crap they're about to throw at you. Soon after meeting them, Haru and Muta are forcefully taken to the Cat Kingdom, leaving Toto and the Baron in the human world to follow the group from the air. When it comes to grand fantasy tales of little girls lost in wonderfully strange worlds, The Cat Returns is no Spirited Away. It's an enjoyable family fantasy that was filled with laughter and likable characters. |, August 5, 2006 Both 'Whisper of the Heart' and 'The Cat Returns' have no real story connections, so watching 'Whisper of the Heart' is not needed in order to understand the plot (although you should definitely still give it a viewing since it's a criminally underrated near-classic). The film was dubbed in English by Walt Disney Pictures with the voices of Anne Hathaway, Cary Elwes, Peter Boyle, Elliott Gould, Tim Curry, Judy Greer, and Kristen Bell, for a release on DVD on February 22, 2005 alongside Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Porco Rosso. Haru is brought to the Cat Kingdom, where she starts to develop feline features. As well, the length of the project grew, until it was soon decided by Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki, that the film actually had a storyline that had a compelling character in the guise of its lead, a high school student named Haru. There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. Baron having an unfold past. Fall TV First Look: Find Out What’s Coming, The Best Peacock Original Shows and Movies, All Upcoming Disney Movies: New Disney Live-Action, Animation, Pixar, Marvel, and More. It is rumoured it now hangs in the Ghiblis studio’s. Reviewing Movies, Music, Books, Toys, and Much More! If you watch them, will see LOTS of referenses and clues. In the end, Hiiragi’s story would be developed into a film, to be used as a testing ground for new animators at the company. Baron Humbert von Gikkingen, also known simply as The Baron, is a character in the 1995 film Whisper of the Heart and the title deuteragonist of the 2002 film The Cat Returns. Muta tells Haru "I respect a woman who stands up for herself" after she rejects the King's marriage proposal outrightly and proceeds to help her escape from the King's soldiers. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. Catchy entertainment for kids and adults... [Director] Morita has a slightly cruder, more realistic sense of the world and its looniness than does Miyazaki, and you can see where The Cat Returns moves on a different track even as it pays homage to Japan's current animation master. Eventually Baron, Haru and Muta escape the realm of cats, with the aid of Prince Lune and Toto, and Haru discovers her true self and tells Baron how she has come to like him. In regards to things like ‘sequelitis,’ Studio Ghibli has been one of the few studios that does not go the American way with their film productions. There were some storypoints that were dropped from Hiiragi’s story, not to mention restructuring of some characters and their story arcs…but, that could be a story for another time. It’s not like Shizuku wrote all of the Ghibli film’s stories. |, May 6, 2013 Interesting and watchable, but definitely not up to Miyazaki's standards. A Princess-and-the-Cat tale that also coolly reflects the arrogant aloofness, suave superciliousness and intriguing independence of man's best-when-convenient friend. The Cat Returns (Japanese: 猫の恩返し, Hepburn: Neko no Ongaeshi, lit. Rated for mentions of sex and past rape! |, February 9, 2006 Please click the link below to receive your verification email. The idea for this story first came to me after the… 4th time I saw WotH and 3rd time for TCR. Still, it's a serviceable children's adventure film, with some memorable moments. After getting off the train, she followed the cat, which eventually led her to the Amasawa's antique shop. It became the second theatrical (third overall) Studio Ghibli feature to be directed by someone other than Miyazaki or Isao Takahata. Name フンベルト・フォン・ジッキンゲン (Humbert von Gikkingen) Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. The percentage of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher. With a worried mother and a abbusive father at hands, things will get interesting.