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A Cat in Paris
By day, a pet... By night, a thief!
A thrilling mystery that unfurls in the alleys and on the rooftops of the French capital, Paris, over the course of one adventurous evening.
A Cat in Paris has all of the makings of a truly fantastic and mighty nifty 10 minute long animated short. An appropriately jazzy soundtrack, interesting and inspired (enough anyway) animation and a simplistic but engaging enough story (for 10 minutes), all give off a nice atmosphere and provide for some fun entertainment. Sadly, A Cat in Paris overextends, mercilessly draws out, and blandly makes all charm nullified by struggling out 10 minutes worth of charm into a tedious, grown-inducing and seemingly unending seventy minutes.
The film is a painfully drab 70 minute watch at that, full of repetition, unending scenes and awkward cuts (I'll leave the English voice-over work out of the equation entirely). It feels like nothing but…
Despite being nominated for an Oscar (in a particularly poor year for animated feature films), A Cat in Paris is undeserving of such attention. Although the film’s charcoal picture book aesthetic is quite charming, if not particularly slick, the art direction is undermined by a truly clunky story that lacks excitement, peril or anything for an audience over the age of five.
Even at 60 minutes the film feels stretched beyond its meagre means. This could have been a sweet little short film but when expanded to feature length it constantly tries the patience thanks to such a simple story that is crudely delivered. The characters are as flat as the animation whilst the English dub is offensive to the ears. Disappointing.
This Academy award nominated animated feature was pretty good. It's a crime story so it probably won't interest a lot of kids, but my 3 year old sat and watched the whole thing because he loves cats. It's only an hour and ten minutes long so it's definitely worth the time.
A whimsical and breezy jaunt through a night of adventure on the rooftops of Paris, with a wry feline as our guide. I often feel that animated film is, in a sense, the purest cinema. It's not real life doctored or staged to produce an artificial image: it's purely artificial image, and because of that, seems to connect effortlessly to our most primal urges for storytelling. I guess I can extrapolate at length about the psychological underpinnings of film, animation, narrative and myth, but the simple fact is, this is short, very enjoyable, and on Netflix streaming. Watch it!
At a brisk 64 minute runtime, A Cat in Paris flies by as a tightly paced and fun animated mystery thriller through the rooftops of Paris in the moonlight. While containing some watered down adult oriented subject matter and violence, this is still a child friendly film that could be enjoyed by the whole family.
Fair warning though that the plot is extremely generic and in some moments cringe worthy. I noticed this and perhaps would have rated it lower if it were not for the other brilliant qualities of the film that held its appeal. The film begins as a tale of two stories, both having a connecting component with the titular cat. As the plot progresses or more…
Entertaining enough, but I wasn't a fan of the animation and I think after watching so much good animation recently I wasn't that interested. A thrilling story and a slow start, I think this would have been better subtitled instead of dubbed to give it a more French feel as I think that was lacking!
Looks great, and kudos to the dubbing team, but it's also slight and fairly inconsequential.
What I Learned:
The rooftops of France are easily traversed
Voice Acting: ★★★★
A sweet story about the secret life of a cat. Featuring a noir plot.
Bechdel-Wallace test: pass
Such lovely animation and a completely charming little story. One of those movies that I'm really happy received an Oscar nomination just so that more people would get to see it. Including me.
Movie #10 in Scavenger Hunt #5.
Task #22: Something that has been rotting on your watchlist or Netflix queue
A sweet and fun animated movie.
It is fast paced, which unfortunately means that it doesn't go that much in depth with it characters. But it is sweet and entertaining.
I really liked the animation style.
Stunning animation, very cute plot and characters. Very nostalgic.
The art style is odd, but the story is entertaining and fast paced. Read full review.
Gorgeously animated and charming enough to overcome its undeniable shortcomings in the way of plot, A Cat in Paris is an entertaining (if inessential) little film with something for children and adults alike.
I read the web-publication Filmmaker Magazine regularly. They publish each month a VOD-calendar with their picks and I have used…