The Cat Returns Blu-ray/DVD

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SKU: 826663181609

Retail Price: $29.95

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About The Cat Returns Blu-ray/DVD

The Cat Returns includes an 8-page Booklet with art and essays from the creative team.

Haru, a schoolgirl bored by her ordinary routine, saves the life of an unusual cat, and suddenly her world is transformed beyond anything she ever imagined. To change her fate, she'll need to learn to believe in herself and, in the process, she will learn to appreciate her everyday life.

Special Features: Feature-Length Storyboards, The Making of The Cat Returns, Behind the Microphone, Original Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots


  • Publisher: GKIDS
  • Media: Blu-ray
  • Spoken Language: English, Japanese, French
  • Subtitle Language: English, French
  • Genre: Drama
  • Themes: Adventure, Supernatural
  • Age Rating: ALL
  • Run Time: 75
  • Year Created: 2002
  • Release Date: 1/16/2018
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Region Code: A

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Ratings & Reviews

6 reviews

Disney crucifies another Ghibli film again!


Once again, my biggest problem with this release is the Disney Ghibli dub which is just horrible! The whole cast treats this story like a syrupy Disney afternoon TV show with no heart or life. They clearly fail to understand their characters. Even if I can detect no major changes, I still call this dub blasphemy. The big-names are all talentless, the acting is abysmally bad, and the translation is still terrible. Streamline would have done a far better job dubbing THE CAT RETURNS, but as it is, I suggest skipping the Disney dub and only watching in Japanese. BUT DON'T WATCH IT DUBBED. Period. Shame on GKids for reissuing this dub, too; I demand a redub!

Not a great Ghibli, but a fine Disney dub


THE CAT RETURNS is probably one of the weaker Ghibli entries for me; it's too short at 75 minutes to develop any meaningful story, and it doesn't feel as memorable as Miyazaki or Takahata's works. Nor does it compare favorably to WHISPER OF THE HEART. It's still a cute and charming film, but it's not great.

Once again, I am positively baffled at how anyone could say the Disney dub is bad. None of them I've heard have ever rubbed me the wrong way, even if I do prefer these movies in Japanese. This is no different. Cary Elwes is simply perfect as the Baron, and while Tim Curry's more "hip" turn as the Cat King struck me as odd, Anne Hathaway, Peter Boyle, Rene Auberjonois, and Elliot Gould's performances made up for that.

Honestly, the film's enjoyable either way, no need to put down one over the other. Once again, pick one and enjoy.

Not that much different from Disney's release.


I can't claim to be one of THE CAT RETURNS' biggest fans. It's pleasant and lovely, but it lacks something. It's always been one of my least favorite Ghibli films, never really clicking with me for some reason. However, Disney DID do a respectable job with their BluRay presentation -- the video, audio, and extras are all top notch, and there were literal subtitles (their previous DVD release only had dubtitles). Which makes GKids' reissue less of a necessity because it's basically a rehash of the Disney release with no noticeable new extras. It depends on whether you owned the film previously or not to determine whether this newer edition is worthwhile.


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I bought this based off being intrigued by the Baron character in Whisper of the Heart. This film is loosely supposed to be the fiction novel that the main character was working on during Whisper of the Heart, so I was not really knowing what to expect. The animation quality seems a step below other Ghibli films and almost has a different look to it, however the designs are all very nice. The overall quality reminds me of a made for TV or OVA animated feature, rather than a theatrical film. But the film is good, and grows on you more every time you watch it. As far as other Ghibli films go, this is definitely mid-tier. The story is pretty simple, yet highly original, and kids love it. The film is short, barely over an hour, but it never drags and feels effortless to watch. The musical score is pretty quiet and subdued, but the film has a fantastic ending song. If you own Whisper of the Heart this is definitely worth owning. The bluray picture and sound quality is razor sharp.

Can never have enough Ghibli


Loved the animation and the dub.

Standard isekai plot, but very well executed. Best of all, I can watch this with my 4-year-old and she's as into it as I am.

Sweet funny and so dashing you will buy a top hat and cane too


A darling film, a hidden gem. I had never heard of it till one day I saw it on sale and picked up. My sister and I then decided we should check it out and we were sucked in by just how fun it was. One of my favorite family movies. I would recommend it to anyone.....that's why I'm writing this review.