Quick-Thoughts: Studio Ghibli’s The Cat Returns (2002)

Okay, so a lot of things caught me off-guard during this movie, but that incredibly horny Cat King saying “that’s me, Babe” was the tipping point for me.

Man, I’ll have whatever the writers of this movie were having when they drafted it. Seriously. I want to know just how high you have to get to devise The Cat Returns. F**kin’ portal parkour, a woman debating beastiality, more plot twists than an M. Night Shyamalan feature; what the hell? The absurdity and nonchalant brutality here honestly reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, which this movie is CLEARLY inspired by. Either way, this works as a horror movie at best, and one about needing to go through the loops of legal counseling to defy the extortive nature of forced marriage. You know? The typical Studio Ghibli stuff.

Fatso / Muta did nothing wrong though. 

Verdict: C+

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“The Cat Returns” is now available to stream on HBO Max.

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