The Cat Returns (2002) IMDb

Categorization

Light, mainstream comic fantasy. Directed by Morita Hiroyuki.

Subject

An ordinary girl in modern Japan is involuntarily initiated into the secret life of cats. Muta/Moon and the Baron from Whisper of the Heart (1995) accompany her to their hidden kingdom.

Commentary

A shallow, less serious clone of Spirited Away (2001) with poorly recycled characters and ineffective anthropomorphism. A definite low for Ghibli.

References here: Ghibli movie titles, “Ghiblies: Episode 2” (2002), Tales from Earthsea (2006).

Ghibli Japanese production animation movie