Based on Aoi Hiraga's manga.
This film was released in Japan on DVD with English subtitles.
The first Studio Ghibli feature directed by someone other than Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata.
The first and only full-length feature by Miyazaki's protégé, director Yoshifumi Kondo. Shortly after this film's release, Kondo suddenly died of a ruptured aneurysm at 47.
A sequel, "Happy Times (Shiawase na Jikan)," was issued as a manga.
The Baron, the film's dapper, magical feline, appears again in The Cat Returns, a spin-off.
Mimi O Sumaseba Production Information
Alternate Titles: "Mimi Wo Sumaseba" and "耳をすませば."
English Titles: "Whisper of the Heart," "Prick Up Your Ears," "If You Listen Closely/Carefully."
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