A teenage girl rescues a mysterious cat from traffic and soon finds herself the unwelcome recipient of gifts and favors from the King of the Cats, who also wants her to marry his son, Prince Lune. With the assistance of a fat, grouchy real cat and a an elegant cat statuette come to life (both characters featured in Studio Ghibli's earlier anime "Whisper of the Heart"), the girl visits the Cat Kingdom and narrowly escapes again.
Believe in magic... Discover the secret of another land.
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Did You Know?
This was originally going to be a short straight-to-video project, but Toshio Suzuki
was so impressed with Hiroyuki Morita
's storyboard, and especially the main character of "Haru", that he encouraged Hayao Miyazaki
to give this a cinematic release. See more
When Haru first goes to the Cross Roads to meet Muta, all the banners say "Cross Loads". When Haru goes back again at the end with her friend, one banner says "Cross Roads", but then they all revert to "Cross Loads" See more
[Haru sits down on a lawn chair in a cafe, and a squishing/meowing noise is heard. She shrieks and jumps up
A cat... a FAT cat!
The credits have a series of still images from the film. The last image before the film fades is Haru feeding the small white kitten on the pavement. See more
The Japanese version begins with a text prologue; the English-dubbed version replaces this with a voice-over from the Baron (similar to how the opening of Princess Mononoke
was handled). See more
Spun-off from Whisper of the Heart
Kaze Ni Naru
Lyrics & Music by Ayano Tsuji
Arranged by Takuo Yamamoto
Performed by Ayano Tsuji
Single Courtesy of Victor Speedstar Records
Soundtrack Courtesy of Tokuma Japan Communications See more