Movies like The Cat Returns

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The Cat Returns (2002)
 7.2
 52K
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: feel good, sweet, humorous, fairy tale, colourful, atmospheric, semi serious, weird, visually appealing, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, prince, cat, adventure, talking cat, rescue, human animal relationship, friendship, family relations, mischievous children, disorder, magic, chase, sword fight, tower, crow, grass, family, heroes, mouse, maze, friends, couple relations, parents and children, love and romance ...
Place: japan, tokyo

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Most similar movies to The Cat Returns

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out feel good, fairy tale, melancholic and sweet films with plots about family, adventure, fantasy world, friendship, mentor, storytelling and escapades mostly in Animation, Family and Fantasy genres. Some movies like The Cat Returns: My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), The Pagemaster (1994). 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: feel good, offbeat, fairy tale, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: magical, countryside, adventure, teaching the ways of the world, imaginary, siblings relations, friendship, legends and myths, parents and children, unlikely friendships, family, supernatural ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.6
 687K
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: surreal, atmospheric, offbeat, stylized, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, imaginary, witch, fantasy world, ghost, adventure, dragon, friendship, rescue, human becomes animal, supernatural, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets ...
Style: feel good, touching, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: teenage love, follow your dream, first love, fall in love, self discovery, love, love and romance, cat, teenage life, youth, high school life, imagination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, colourful, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, kids
Plot: witch, adventure, self discovery, friendship, supernatural ability, young heroes, coming of age, friends, cat, wizards and magicians, talking animals, talking cat ...
Place: europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 6.1
 22K
The Pagemaster (1994)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Tyler knows a lot about accidents. So much so, he is scared to do anything that might endanger him, like riding his bike, or climbing into his treehouse. While in an old library, he is mystically transported into the unknown world of books, and he ...
Style: touching, feel good, semi serious, stylized, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, mischievous children, magic, fantasy world, book, young heroes, getting home, imaginary, fish out of water, imaginary kingdom, heroic mission, imagination ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
⇓ 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: feel good, exciting, atmospheric, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: dragon, friendship, adventure, unlikely friendships, family, happy ending, vikings, friends, young kid, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, warrior ...
Place: scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, exciting, semi serious, suspense ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: steampunk, pirate, friendship, imaginary kingdom, mine, young heroes, artifact, magic, princess, megalomaniac, family secret, chess ...
Place: wales, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 132K
Ponyo (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary ...
Style: touching, sweet, scenic, atmospheric, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: mermaid, friendship, fish, princess, magical, transformation, adventure, ocean or sea, obsessive quest, imaginary kingdom, magic, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 8.1
 41K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.
Style: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, childhood, family relations, wolf, parents and children, single mother, human becomes animal, social relations, supernatural, school, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 421K
Tangled (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, Germany
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: fairy tale, feel good, captivating, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: princess, disney, follow your dream, romance, family, adventure, horse, unlikely couple, imaginary kingdom, love and romance, fall in love, first love ...
Time: 17th century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.9
 61K
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: light, touching, feel good, semi serious, colourful ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: mouse, rescue, disney, talking animals, adventure, friendship, kidnapping, heroes, mole, on the run, chase, anxiety ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, louisiana, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
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, colourful, scenic, sweet, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, miniature person, midget, family, adventure, parallel world, childhood, maid, friends, daring rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
13%
Shrek the Halls (2007)
Genre: Animation, Short, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Japan
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: fairy tale, christmas special, humorous, not serious, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: holiday, friendship, family, fish out of water, escapades, adventure, odd couple, family gatherings, family life, imaginary kingdom, donkey, cat ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 8.0
 385K
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, sweet, fairy tale, humorous, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: princess, genie, desert, disney, adventure, friendship, unlikely couple, disney princess, love, sultan, unlikely friendships, magic ...
Time: 18th century
Place: middle east, iraq, sahara, saudi arabia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog are best pals and the unsung heroes of the African savanna. This prequel to the smash Disney animated adventure takes you back -- way back -- before Simba's adventure began. You'll find out all ...
Style: humorous, touching, feel good, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: lion, imaginary kingdom, rescue, friendship, good versus evil, adventure, jungle, family, orphan, misfit, coming of age, goofy hero ...
Time: 2000s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale (2007)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
Story: A holiday themed animated direct-to-video film starring Academy Award-winners, Tom and Jerry. It uses a good deal of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet The Nutcracker as background music. This film would be the last animated production for Tom and ...
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, captivating, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: imaginary kingdom, anthropomorphism, cartoon cat, disorder, danger, adventure, animals, partners, uninhibited rivalry, friends, cat and mouse, cartoon mouse ...
⇓ 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: fairy tale, exciting, sentimental, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, girls' night, teens
Plot: fairy, adventure, friendship, imaginary kingdom, curses spells and rituals, young heroes, in the woods, dangerous animal, escapades, rescue, happy ending, danger ...
Time: 2010s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, 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: humorous, stylized, exciting, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, teens
Plot: adventure, family, imaginary, master villain, daring rescue, escapades, good versus evil, heroes, mischievous children, rivalry, young heroes, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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: fairy tale, feel good, exciting, humorous, touching ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: mouse, imaginary kingdom, adventurer, friendship, daring rescue, self discovery, rebellion, society, escapades, hopes, rules and policies, social misfits ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2001)
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: anthology, fairy tale, feel good, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens, family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: cinderella story, cinderella, princess, magic, fairy godmother, family, cartoon mouse, anthropomorphism, fairy, race against time, adventure, romance ...
Time: 17th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: UK, USA, Ireland
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Garfield is back and this time Garfield and his canine sidekick Odie follows their owner, Jon Arbuckle, to England, the U.K. may never recover, as Garfield is mistaken for a look-alike, regal cat who has inherited a castle.
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, semi serious, funny ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers, teens
Plot: animals, talking animals, pets, prince, mistaken identity, cat, adventure, family, disorder, partners, friendship, resort ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 56K
The Boxtrolls (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK
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: exciting, feel good, humorous, colourful, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, fantasy world, good versus evil, friendship, young heroes, prejudice, steampunk, family, danger, escapades, disorder, fish out of water ...
Time: victorian, victorian era
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Little Mermaid (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: This charming, lively tale based on Hans Christian Anderson's beloved children's story comes to splendid life in an enchanting animated film. The beautiful anda dventurous mermaid, Princess Lena, lives with her family in a watery castle ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, uplifting, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: mermaid, underwater scene, underwater, disorder, love and romance, escapades, danger, fall in love, fish out of water, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, princess ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 7.9
 636K
Shrek (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It ain't easy bein' green -- especially if you're a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot -- a ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, parody, humorous, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, date night, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: talking animals, princess, dragon, love and romance, friendship, adventure, swamp, ogre, anthropomorphism, imaginary kingdom, opposites attract, magical ...
Time: 2000s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.4
 104K
The Lorax (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical
Country: USA, France, Japan
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, entertaining, fairy tale, colourful, humorous ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: computer animation, tree, childhood, friendship, deforestation, disney, environmentalism, obsessive quest, greed, justice, family, young heroes ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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: fairy tale, 2d animation, feel good, sweet, romantic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: princess, swan, curses spells and rituals, rescue, spell, love, transformation, male female relationship, human becoming an animal, villain, blonde, evil sorcerer ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.6
 118K
Flushed Away (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Australia, France, Ireland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: London high-society mouse, Roddy is flushed down the toilet by Sid, a common sewer rat. Hang on for a madcap adventure deep in the sewer bowels of Ratropolis, where Roddy meets the resourceful Rita, the rodent-hating Toad and his faithful thugs, ...
Style: humorous, exciting, feel good, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: talking animals, boat, getting home, pets, friendship, heroic mission, disorder, lifestyle change, rivalry, fish out of water, heroes, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2006
Place: england, london, europe, buckingham palace, tower bridge london
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Yona Yona Penguin (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Rintaro directs a tale of three children who visit a land of wonder. This is the first "3D anime" that Madhouse has produced. Oh, and there are penguins.
Style: entertaining, captivating, light, feel good, sincere ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: good versus evil, save the day, adventure, friendship, youth, mischievous children, young heroes, rescue, escapades, rivalry, danger, travel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, semi serious, feel good, sweet, parody ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, teens
Plot: adventure, family, mischievous children, buddies, friends, friendship, orphan, escapades, disorder, elementary school, danger, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Balto II: Wolf Quest (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Balto and his daughter Aleu embark on a journey of adventure and self discovery.
Style: feel good, touching, semi serious, humorous
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: imaginary kingdom, wolf pack, pets, dog movie, against the odds, danger, heroes, family, hopes, escapades, friends, family relations ...
Time: 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%