The Cat Returns (2002) IMDb


Light, mainstream comic fantasy. Directed by Morita Hiroyuki.


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.


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).

animation fiction Ghibli Japanese production moving picture