The Rabbi's Cat Reviews

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½ October 26, 2013
The adventures of a talking cat owned by an Algerian rabbi, who innocently blasphemes, wants to be bar mitzvahed, and tags along on a quest to find the black Jews of Africa. Unique, witty, and brilliant at times, but patchy; the story, adapted from a series of graphic novels, loses coherence as it tries to fit too many plotlines into 90 minutes. Your kid won't be interested in this unless he or she is a student of the Torah.
Fredrik S ½ August 2, 2014
I liked this movie, but as I simply adore the art and stories of Joann Sfar, I think I was expecting more. It felt like a summation of the album series which it is based on, keeping a very high pace, never really letting down. It could easily have been 15-20 minutes longer, adding more contemplative parts. The animation is beautiful, though a bit sleek, again compared to Sfar's original drawings. I see the need for this, as animation is not comics art, but the few times where Sfar's more expressive way of depicting the world shone through, made me wish that the film had been more in that vein.
Ricardo C ½ July 15, 2014
Uma animação francesa que reflecte de forma excelente como a temática da religião molda o ser humano e como este reage quando confrontado com argumentos contrários, assim como aborda também outros assuntos como o racismo e a tradição. Vários estilos de animação cuidada populam este filme que graças a personagens agradáveis e diálogos ricos consegue transmitir a sua mensagem de forma leve e atractiva.
Christian C November 3, 2013
An film that's really weird and isn't afraid to take risks, all the whilemaintaining a very pleasent and adventurous mood
Gus C ½ January 20, 2014
Poorly paced, but an excellent and challenging ending really throws this thing into sharp relief.
Ed C November 23, 2013
One line summary: Lovely, funny, clever, and beautiful.


Set in Algiers initially, then many places in Africa around 1920.

A cat adopts a rabbi and his daughter. The cat, after eating a talking parrot, gains the ability to speak and read. He helps the rabbi with his professional development test. In doing so he invokes God's name; the rabbi passes, but the cat temporarily loses his ability to speak French.

A large box of books from Russia; the box also contains a body. Only the cat recognizes that the body is still alive. When the cat awakens the Russian, he finds the prince can understand him (in Russian) even though the others cannot understand him in French.

They look for a person in Algiers who speaks both Russian and French. The rabbi finds him and recruits him to translate for the prince.

There are a number of philosophical discussions and talks about the politics of the area in 1920. As a side effect of all this, a quest is started to find black Jews in Africa. Getting there was hilarious. It is also revealed that the prince wants to paint all sorts of subjects throughout Africa.

The rabbi, the prince, the cat, the rabbi's Arab Muslim friend and his talking donkey set out to find this city. There are lots of changes along the way. The cat regains his ability to speak French. The prince finds his wife. Eventually the prince and his new bride find the city. The humour is outstanding.


Art/Animation: 10/10 The style is pen and ink, with minimal shading. This is rather well executed in great detail.

Sound: 10/10 Always good.

Screenplay: 10/10 Brilliant writing for an ensemble of clever characters. The story is humorous and moves right along, from beginning to middle to happy ending. The comedy of manners aspect is deftly handled.
Nathan B ½ November 3, 2013
A really fun tale that brings out plenty of laughs. The really high points in this movie come from Rabbi's talking cat. When ever the movie appears to be slowing down the cat will keep you engaged with his witty comments and hilarious monologues.
Gavel Down. Gavel Down. August 2, 2013
Great! I just wish it was longer!
Kimberly J ½ May 27, 2013
Funny movie. Interesting animation and witty dialog. Plus I feel like I learned something about Algeria in the 1930s... You may need a strange since of humor to properly enjoy it.
ray ray May 16, 2013
Die europäische Animationsszene beweist einmal mehr wie sehr sie der amerikanischen überlegen ist.
Technischer Firlefanz Hin oder Her, das amerikanische Popcornspektakel mit seinen farblosen Helden und immer gleichen Plots findet seinen Meister in Le Chat du Rabbin".

Ich denke, Le Chat du Rabbin" ist auch ein guter Kinderfilm, auch wenn gemordet und philosophiert wird, die rasanten Actionszenen eines Dreamworksfilms sind da auch nicht nervenschonender. Vor allem aber ist Le Chat" weitaus bekömmlicher für alle erwachsenen Kinogänger.

Ein kurzer Umriss, um was es geht. Eine Katze im Algier der 20er Jahre frisst einen Papagei und kann daraufhin sprechen. Ihr Besitzer ist Rabbi der kleinen jüdischen Gemeinde in Algier und bekommt eine Lieferung an Gebetsbüchern der verfolgten Ashkenazi aus Russland. In ihr befindet sich auch ein russisch-jüdischer Maler. Mit Hilfe eines anderen in Algier ansässigen Russen, eines zaristischen Aristokraten im Exil, machen sie sich auf eine Expedition zum sagenumwobenen Neuen Jerusalem" irgendwo in der Wüste Äthiopiens, wo alle Völker in Einklang Leben, ohne Rassismus und Diskriminierung.

In einem alten Halbkettenfahrzeug des reichen Russen, gabeln sie zunächst noch den Imam-Cousin des Rabbis und dessen Esel auf und machen sich auf den Weg. Dieser Weg bietet viele Abenteuer und gefährliche Begegnungen (u.a. mit mordslustigen Tuareg) und eine geniale Cameo von Tim und Struppi.

Eine Ansammlung so vieler Konfessionen kann aber auch nur bedeuten, dass über Gott und die Welt philosophiert wird - und das tun sie - ausgiebig.
Dass es nie langweilig wird, verdankt der Film wohl seinen wohlgezeichneten Charakteren. Viele Animationsfilme würden den Fehler begehen sich schon nach kurzer Zeit ins Abenteuer zu stürzen, wohingegen Le Chat" die erste Hälfte des Films in Algier verbringt und dort seine Charaktere entwickelt. Dabei lernen wir auch die Tochter des Rabbis und seinen Cousin Malka kennen, die leider später total irrelevant werden. Der Film schreit geradezu nach noch mehr Abenteuern und einer Fortsetzung (man darf befürchten, dass es nie soweit kommen wird).

Zuletzt, zum Animationsstil. Soweit ich das beurteilen kann, war der Film handgezeichnet. Nicht im Stile Disneys jedoch, sondern etwas eigenwillig, im Stile von Sfars Graphic Novels. Wie auch immer, eine religions- und gesellschaftskritische Satire, die mit einer Katze als Katalysator arbeitet, der fast alles erlaubt ist zu sagen kann auch ohne atemberaubende Animation auskommen.
Tyler G. Tyler G. May 10, 2013
In the beginning, there was only darkness.
Only thoughts and dreams floating through the vast emptiness that was.
Until, like that of a beautiful sunrise, our glorious lord and savior, the almighty ogre, Shrek, was born of these thoughts and dreams, of those whom had not yet come to be.
Shrek is infinitely knowledgeable, and the all powerful ruler of the universe.
For several thousand years, Shrek would pleasure himself in solitude, and he would dream about what could be, and what will be.

Until, he grow so tired of masturbating, that he decided to try anal fisting.
So large was his fist, so intense was the struggle.
The shit that he shat was so glorious, that it flew across the emptiness, and so strong was his passion, that most of his shit was set aflame.
After one huge push, his stomach was empty, and the Earth was formed from the last piece of shit that came from his rectum.
And from his anus flowed blood,
like that of a forest stream on a summer day, and this blood formed the oceans on earth.
Shrek was so pleased with the outcome, that he created the Dinosaurs, with which he lived with for many years. He would pleasure himself with the large reptilian beasts, until one day he let out such a fart that he wiped them out.

For many years again, Shrek was lonely, until from the ashes of the dinosaurs came mankind, a new race of intelligent beings. Shrek now used them to please his desires, and those remained loyal to Shrek, and those who were worthy of him, would sometimes receive a visit from the burly ogre. But unfortunately from the race of mankind came the everlasting evil that is Farquaad, who despised ogres, and swore to defeat our lord. Shrek and Farquaad still clash to this day, and Shrek will forever protect us.

And from here we tell of the exciting adventures of our lord Shrek, and his sub-deities, Puss and Donkey.
dan e. dan e. May 10, 2013
This movie understands the one thing most movies this day and age, seem to forget about, and that is a good, well rounded, story. The story revolves around two loveable scamps who get into mischief one day, when principal Skinfloot gets them in trouble. Then they get high, for almost an hour and a half, while a talking joint guides us through the movie.
Sarfaraz Abbasi Sarfaraz Abbasi February 5, 2013
The Rabbi's Cat (Le Chat du rabbin) French animated film directed by Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux. The film is based on volume Sfar's one, two and five s comics series of same name. Voice artists: François Morel, Hafsia Herzi.

Set in 1920s Algeria. A cat in Algiers swallows a parrot and it can speak its mind.
The plot focus cat's relationships with his open-minded sensual mistress, and her father, who is rabbi. The cat suspects about being Jewish himself to roam around the mistress and thus wants to go through circumcision and bar mitzvah - A Russian packed in a coffin-like box claiming to be Jew and plans to head to Ethiopia - ultimately all set out to take him to Ethiopia, including the Cat, the rabbi, a donkey, a big-mouthed Jew.

Charming. colorful and at some instances hilarious. Though unsuitable for the young children, film takes unbound indecent references.

Most of the people in the west; wrongly refer/mean 'Arabs' as being Muslims. Arabs can be Muslims/Christians/Jews. Christian doesn't mean to have been born in the US, UK, Italy or France, or Jew doesn't mean to have been born in Israel or Italy - All three religions have their foundation in Middle-East. If the people in the world were to refer Muslims comparatively as Arabs, due to combined population of most of Muslim countries in one region, then all three countries of South-Asia namely Pakistan, India, Bangladesh make up the far greater population than all Muslim countries of Middle-East - Hence, it's embarrassing on account of filmmakers and the people to keep repeating this mistake. Indonesia is the largest Muslim populated country in the world.
Jorge D January 23, 2013
It is quite original in content and form, this French animation that part of a surreal idea with the cat of the title winning the ability to speak, to address several issues fairly current, mainly the war between religions.

Making use of a protagonist animal, which even questioned why humans all the time, "The Rabbi's Cat" works more as a reflection on the great philosophical and religious issues, than as a conventional story.

The work ends up being quite satisfactory, especially for those looking for a more entertainment-oriented real-life issues, where the visual beautiful, a colorful fascinating and fantastic content, serve as a touch of creativity and lightness in treating problems of considerable complexity today.

David L ½ January 19, 2013
It has interesting retro animation and a very promising beginning, but The Rabbi's Cat is incoherent as a whole, it has too many characters which are therefore underdeveloped, the protagonist, which is very amusing, should have been given more screen time and the film is trying to tackle too many subjects making it an episodic and a somehow chaotic film.
Collin R November 17, 2012
Le Chat du Rabbin is humorous and equal parts reverent and irreverent look at religion, race and sexuality. The artwork and animation is gorgeous and the characters are vivid. However, the story meanders at times under the weight of its own musings and the audience longs for the wit of "le chat".
Mark K ½ December 7, 2012
Visually striking and a very unique animated feature in it's own right. While the organic animation is a joy to watch throughout, it's a same that its filmmakers didn't allow the images to speak more then the characters did. The characters are well rounded but they don't seem to keep their mouths shut for longer then five seconds, which can make you feel smothered in the constant exposition. The story doesn't seem to take any breathing space for itself either, as it seems to keep throwing a lot at the audience without letting much of it sink in. Cluttered plot aside, this is still well worth watching.
Cathy Morris A December 7, 2012
This looks like a fun movie for all
Mindy D December 7, 2012
It's not one of those movies with a stale plot. I'm not usually a fan of animated movies, but this one has pulled me in.
Virginie D December 1, 2012
Very clever! and funny...
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