Movies like The Cat Returns

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The Cat Returns (2002)
 7.3
 39K
The Cat Returns (2002)
Original name: 猫の恩返し
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 75 min.
Story: 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. The Cat King rewards her good deed with a flurry of presents, including a very shocking proposal of marriage to his son! Haru embarks on an unexpected journey to the Kingdom of Cats where her eyes are opened to a whole other world.
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, fairy tale, colourful, sweet, light, harsh, clever, enigmatic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: cat, imaginary kingdom, mouse, chase, crow, human animal relationship, sword fight, grass, tower, talking cat, prince, adventure, friendship, princess, king, family, heroes, friends, family relations, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance, dancer, danger, couples ...
Place: japan, tokyo

Most similar movies to The Cat Returns

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out feel good, humorous, fairy tale and clever films with plots about adventure, family, dialogue, mentor, friendship, fantasy world and storytelling mostly in Animation, Family and Fantasy genres. Some movies like The Cat Returns: My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001), The Swan Princess (1994), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Brother Bear (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister ...
Style: offbeat, touching, feel good, fairy tale, atmospheric ...
Audience: preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, legends and myths, friendship, siblings relations, imaginary, adventure, supernatural, parents and children, young heroes, sister sister relationship, supernatural ability, hospital ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 546K
Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, offbeat, stylized, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: ghost, parallel world, supernatural, fantasy world, adventure, witch, rescue, imaginary, friendship, curses spells and rituals, dragon, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Swan Princess (1994)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The beautiful princess Odette is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer's spell. Held captive at an enchanted lake, she befriends Jean-Bob the frog, Speed the turtle and Puffin the bird. Despite their struggle to keep the princess safe, ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, fairy tale, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: princess, curses spells and rituals, rescue, swan, romance, family, friendship, friends, kidnapping, heroic mission, love and romance, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: As the son of a Viking leader on the cusp of manhood, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III faces a rite of passage: he must kill a dragon to prove his warrior mettle. But after downing a feared dragon, he realizes that he no longer wants to destroy it, ...
Style: exciting, feel good, humorous, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, dragon, adventure, family, vikings, journey, warrior, imaginary, training, animal training, teamwork, good versus evil ...
Place: scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 85K
Brother Bear (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: When an impulsive boy named Kenai is magically transformed into a bear, he must literally walk in another's footsteps until he learns some valuable life lessons. His courageous and often zany journey introduces him to a forest full of wildlife, ...
Style: touching, humorous, fairy tale, inspirational, scenic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, adventure, redemption, family, human becomes animal, transformation, self discovery, brother brother relationship, animals, self sacrifice, survival, bear ...
Time: prehistory, 1890s, prehistoric times
Place: alaska, antarctica
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Shrek Forever After (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A bored and domesticated Shrek pacts with deal-maker Rumpelstiltskin to get back to feeling like a real ogre again, but when he's duped and sent to a twisted version of Far Far Away—where Rumpelstiltskin is king, ogres are hunted, and he and ...
Style: humorous, witty, semi serious, exciting, feel good ...
Audience: kids, date night, teens, family outing, preschoolers ...
Plot: queen, friendship, princess, villain, dragon, cat, deal, ogre, magical, midlife crisis, family, adventure ...
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Happily N'Ever After (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Germany, Canada, UK
Duration: 75 min.
Story: An alliance of evil-doers, led by Frieda, looks to take over Fairy Tale Land. But when Ella realizes her stepmother is out to ruin her storybook existence, she takes a dramatic turn and blossoms into the leader of the resistance effort.
Style: not serious, humorous, fairy tale, feel good, awful ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: imaginary kingdom, cinderella story, princess, friendship, friends, imaginary, love and romance, good versus evil, danger, heroes, parody, prince ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 376K
Shrek 2 (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Shrek, Fiona and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. The fairy godmother discovers that Shrek has ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, feel good, funny, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, date night, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: princess, transformation, odd couple, dragon, prince, good versus evil, magic, adventure, ogre, family, friendship, queen ...
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 132K
Puss in Boots (2011)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Long before he even met Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots becomes a hero when he sets off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty to save his town. This is the true ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, exciting, light, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, teens
Plot: adventure, imaginary kingdom, cat, friendship, talking cat, escapades, save the day, good versus evil, treasure hunt, talking animals, magic, happy ending ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.0
 71K
Garfield (2004)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Garfield, the fat, lazy, lasagna lover, has everything a cat could want. But when Jon, in an effort to impress the Liz - the vet and an old high-school crush - adopts a dog named Odie and brings him home, Garfield gets the one thing he doesn't ...
Style: humorous, feel good, comic, entertaining, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, preschoolers
Plot: cat, pets, talking animals, animal life, disorder, rescue, dog, animal shelter, tv host, adaptation, happy ending, adventure ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Horton Hears a Who! (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry from help coming from a speck of dust. Even though he can't see anyone on the speck, he decides to help it. As it turns out, the speck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in their city of Whoville. ...
Style: feel good, humorous, colourful, funny, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, toddlers
Plot: jungle, adventure, friendship, rescue, elephant, determination, fantasy world, family, save the day, goofy hero, friends, danger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maltazard, the Evil M, is now 7 feet tall and evolving among the humans, causing terror wherever he goes. His goal is simple: forming an army of giant henchmen and ruling over the universe. Meanwhile, Arthur is still a Minimoy, and thus in a state ...
Style: exciting, feel good, humorous, light, tense ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, heroic mission, young heroes, friendship, rescue, family relations, disorder, escapades, danger, youth, imaginary kingdom, good versus evil ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: europe, france, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.8
 50K
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: An orphaned boy raised by underground creatures called Boxtrolls comes up from the sewers and out of his box to save his family and the town from the evil exterminator, Archibald Snatcher.
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: good versus evil, fantasy world, friendship, adventure, family, young heroes, fish out of water, disorder, escapades, danger, prejudice, steampunk ...
Time: victorian
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A little boy whose dreams transcend reality is sucked into his own fantasy, which is everything he has dreamed of, until he unleashes an old secret that may not only destroy this perfect dream world but reality itself.
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, exciting, feel good ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: adventure, family, escapades, imaginary, daring rescue, heroic mission, mischievous children, master villain, imaginary kingdom, young heroes, youth, kids in trouble ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 8.0
 314K
Aladdin (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Princess Jasmine grows tired of being forced to remain in the palace, so she sneaks out into the marketplace, in disguise, where she meets street-urchin Aladdin. The couple falls in love, although Jasmine may only marry a prince. After being ...
Style: feel good, humorous, fairy tale, sweet, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: genie, princess, desert, love, unlikely couple, adventure, friendship, magic, good versus evil, first love, family, disney ...
Time: 18th century
Place: middle east, saudi arabia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.1
 251K
Shrek the Third (2007)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The King of Far Far Away has died and Shrek and Fiona are to become King & Queen. However, Shrek wants to return to his cozy swamp and live in peace and quiet, so when he finds out there is another heir to the throne, they set off to bring ...
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, feel good, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, date night, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: prince, dragon, imaginary kingdom, funeral, queen, rescue, cat, princess, shipwreck, ship, donkey, ogre ...
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers ...
Style: touching, emotional, atmospheric, scenic, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, family, miniature person, adventure, childhood, maid, friends, daring rescue, parents and children, secret ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: As a newly crowned princess, Cinderella quickly learns that life at the Palace - and her royal responsibilities - are more challenging than she had imagined. In three heartwarming tales, Cinderella calls on her animal friends and her Fairy Godmother ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, fairy tale, harsh ...
Audience: teens, preschoolers, kids, family outing
Plot: princess, cinderella story, family, fairy, magic, anthology, baker, cartoon mouse, anthropomorphism, fairy godmother, romance, race against time ...
Time: 17th century
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, light, intense, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: rescue, airplane, adventure, friends, firefighter, danger, friendship, aviation, love, national park, fantasy world, underdog ...
Place: usa, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: An ancient myth of a massive creature sparks the curiosity of Tinker Bell and her good friend Fawn, an animal fairy who’s not afraid to break the rules to help an animal in need. But this creature is not welcome in Pixie Hollow — and the scout ...
Style: exciting, sentimental, fairy tale, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: fairy, friendship, imaginary kingdom, adventure, young heroes, in the woods, dangerous animal, rescue, fantasy world, tomboy, curses spells and rituals, good versus evil ...
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.8
 361K
Tangled (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When the kingdom's most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, ...
Style: humorous, feel good, fairy tale, captivating, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: princess, follow your dream, horse, unlikely couple, disney, imaginary kingdom, family, adventure, love and romance, young lovers, queen, fall in love ...
Time: 17th century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and ...
Style: feel good, exciting, stylized, fairy tale, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens
Plot: fantasy world, family, fairy, young heroes, imaginary, friendship, heroes, treasure, disappearance, family relations, good versus evil, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: dungeon, africa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Shrek the Halls (2007)
Genre: Animation, Short, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 21 min.
Story: The Christmas tree isn't the only thing green in this new holiday classic. Shrek is back and trying to get into the spirit of the season. After promising Fiona and the kids a Christmas they'll remember, he is forced to take a crash course ...
Style: humorous, fairy tale, exciting, feel good, not serious ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: holiday, friendship, donkey, cat, christmas tree, family, danger, intrigue, gang, battles, friends, disorder ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: When a powerful developer named Mr. Scheck wants to knock down all the stores and houses in Arnold's neighborhood to build a huge "mall-plex", it looks likes the neighborhood is doomed to disappear. But with the help of a superhero ...
Style: humorous, feel good, melancholic, clever, funny ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, preschoolers, family outing, teens
Plot: family, adventure, mischievous children, friendship, buddies, escapades, elementary school, danger, save the day, urban, children, greed ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new york, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Tale of Despereaux (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Once upon a time... in the far away kingdom of Dor... lived a brave and virtuous mouse with comically oversized ears who dreamt of becoming a knight. Banished from his home for having such lofty ambitions, Despereaux sets off on an amazing adventure ...
Style: clever, feel good, touching, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: mouse, imaginary kingdom, rejection, forgiveness, hopes, adventurer, misfit, destiny, rules and policies, against the rules, daring rescue, social misfits ...
Place: dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Return of Jafar (1994)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 69 min.
Story: The evil Jafar escapes from the magic lamp as an all-powerful genie, ready to plot his revenge against Aladdin. From battling elusive villains atop winged horses, to dodging flames inside an exploding lava pit, it's up to Aladdin - with ...
Style: feel good, exciting, semi serious, humorous, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: revenge, rescue, good versus evil, genie, family, adventure, vengeance, rivalry, friendship, friends, youth, danger ...
Time: 18th century
Place: middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.4
 89K
The Lorax (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.
Style: feel good, colourful, light, entertaining, fairy tale ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: family, obsessive quest, tree, childhood, friendship, environmentalism, young heroes, danger, greed, adventure, disney, deforestation ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.
Style: feel good, humorous, fairy tale, touching, witty ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: princess, family, cinderella story, human becomes animal, adventure, fall in love, prince, magical, wizards and magicians, transformation, firefly, love and romance ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.9
 50K
The Rescuers (1977)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: What can two little mice possibly do to save an orphan girl who's fallen into evil hands? With a little cooperation and faith in oneself, anything is possible! As members of the mouse-run International Rescue Aid Society, Bernard and Miss ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, light, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: rescue, kidnapping, mouse, friendship, heroes, adventure, mole, rescue mission, on the run, chase, danger, crime ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Charlie and Itchy return to Earth to find Gabriel's Horn, but along the way meet up with a young boy named David, who ran away from home.
Style: touching, feel good, serious, exciting, sweet ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: dog, family, adventure, afterlife, hopes, young heroes, danger, youth, odd couple, friends, friendship, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%