6th Animation Division Excellence Award
The Cat Returns
Animated feature film
“The Cat Returns” Production Council [Japan]
Reason for Award
The young girl does not play tough nor attempt to do more than she can, but lives life in her own way. But her life is hardly ordinary or boring. The unordinary fantasies that color ordinary life. This movie, in animation form, is a successor to the good old petit bourgeois movie. Even after the historic hits of Mononokehime (The Princess Mononoke) and Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away), the honest and lack of pretense in the presentation is appropriate for the story, and very youthful and refreshing. The film carries images from Mimi wo Sumaseba (Whisper of the Heart) and Morita director’s personality shines through the young girl.