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A Cat in Paris (2012)



Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 61
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 11

A Cat in Paris depicts a stylish, imaginative world with a wonderful soundtrack and Hitchcockian overtones.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 5

A Cat in Paris depicts a stylish, imaginative world with a wonderful soundtrack and Hitchcockian overtones.



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Dino is a pet cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little mute girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night he sneaks out the window to work with Nico - a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion - as he evades captors and slips and swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline. The cat's two worlds collide when young Zoe decides to follow Dino on his nocturnal adventures - and falls

Oct 9, 2012


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A Cat in Paris is thrilling, and a thrilling example of traditional ink and paint cartooning.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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[It] glories in striking silhouettes, a slinky '50s beat, a bright storybook palette and an entrancing brand of make-believe that grown-ups can believe in.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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An animated delight, and certainly not just for kids.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
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"A Cat in Paris" has a jazzy, relaxed beauty; it's old-school, hand-drawn animation, and you sense the fun the artists were having.

July 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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At a little over an hour, it's a slight but visually charming adventure.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Like a cat nap, it gives us a brief, refreshing dream with little to remember.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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...has a delightfully idiosyncratic animated aesthetic - it's like an intermingling of Art Deco and Cubism - but the story is all odd angles

September 21, 2013 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

In this chase film, children's love of pursuit, of running and jumping and hiding and seeking, transforms the City of Lights into a playground where even a mother bounds along car roofs to reach her daughter. The story, though, lags behind the animation.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

This French import is a welcome (read: hand-drawn as opposed to CGI) movie that packs a lot of punch in its hour-long running time.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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It's a fun and exciting film that both kids and adults can enjoy.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

Come for the film, stay for the urban-mural visuals, leave vaguely satisfied.

August 25, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline

Twentysomething caped-crusader fans may get a warmer buzz of nostalgia here than they will at The Dark Knight Rises.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

While the fluid hand-drawn animation provides a pleasant stylistic alternative to the predominance of 3D computer animation in the marketplace, the story leaves a lot to be desired.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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Animated thriller's action makes it best for older kids.

July 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Imagine Disney's The Rescuers had it been directed by Alfred Hitchcock, and you're zeroing in on the tone of this Oscar-nominated charmer.

July 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Comment (1)

If you're an animation buff or a lover of Paris, you won't be disappointed.

June 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
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Although "A Cat in Paris" is new and was nominated for this year's animation Oscar, it already has the feel of a movie that will stand the test of time.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A Cat in Paris falters in the middle with too much farcical plot involving a clumsy, murderous gang, but it finds itself with a neat climax amidst the gargoyles atop the Notre Dame cathedral.

June 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
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Audience Reviews for A Cat in Paris

An original story and a nice one at that. The animation itself is very French, a bit old school and a welcome style in today's 3D staple. It's not as great as I'd hoped for though, it's not quite for kids and not quite for adults and at times it feels like it should have been a short but overall I enjoyed it.
July 29, 2013

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A cat burglar helps a policewoman find the mob boss who kidnapped her daughter.
Eminently forgettable, A Cat in Paris doesn't offer much. The plot is fairly basic, and the revenge fantasy is overbearing and lacking in any subtlety. The animation is neither realistic nor stylized.
Overall, this is a short film, but I can't say a lot about it because it doesn't say a lot for itself.
May 14, 2013
Jim Hunter

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It was a short and simple movie. Great movie to watch with the family. Great for the kids to be more specific.
June 28, 2012
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Une vie de chat, that was nominated for a Csar for Best Animated Film and was selected to te Berlinale, both in this year (2011), is a 2D love letter to film noir, crime films and, why not, comic superheroes, Hitchcock, the Pink Panther and maybe some more other things, all filled with a great soundtrack that "starts" with a vintage rendition of Billie Holiday's I wished on the moon and "finishes" with a delightful typical French song: "Java sous la neige" by Serge Besset. The opening credits (especially the song "Monte en l' air", also by Serge Besset) instantly reminded me of Spider-Man's, but someone pointed out that there are also similarities with Batman. Either way, the references to fantasy adventure films is also seen in the Colossus of Nairobi walking over Paris like King Kong does in New York.

All that said, Une vie de chat sounds to be a great film. The plot surrounds a cat that leads a double life: during the day he is Dino, the pet of the little Zoe whose mother is a police superintendent and whose dad was killed by the gangster Victor Costa, and at night he is the cat, who follows a nice burglar over the rooftops of Paris. Things get bad when Zoe decides to follow Dino and is caught by Costa and his men. Now Dino and Nico, the burglar, have to save Zoe.
Perhaps the film is able to keep kid's attention, but despite all the references* and the amazing gallery of "charming" and funny characters - the dumb night watchmens, the gang of gungsters, the big boss, the old lady neighbour, the little dog (a Yorkshire?)* - what started as a great promise, let me down.

I read somewhere that the drawings recall Matisse and Picasso. I have not thought about that, but they really do. Not being the biggest fan of neither Matisse nor Picasso, that can explain my discomfort with some characters' facial expressions. Speaking of the drawings, the amazing "scene in the dark" (my favourite) reminded me somehow of the Simon's Cat, with the difference that Jean-Loup Felicioli's lines are thinner, resulting in a more elegant outcome. (However, this elegance might be due to the white lines over the black screen). And speaking of the characters, I'd like to make just a small observation on how Nico and Zoey's nanny seem to have foreign origins. Being the immigration a major topic in France, nothing more natural than "bring it up" in a casual way.

* And the boat-rowing scene ... remember The Night of the Hunter? The argument in the car about food comes from Goodfellas.

** In the first scene where the dog appears barking, it's funny to note how its big shadow on the wall gives the idea of power to then, in the next moment, it be knocked down by a slipper.

May 11, 2012

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