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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.
Oscar nominated Best Animated Film in 2010. With computer animated movies everywhere these days, it was refreshing to watch a hand drawn animated movie. Story is about a cat thief, a cat, a little girl that does not speak since her dad died, a mom/cop trying to catch the man that killed her husband and a crime lord would killed the husband/dad. Probably a little too intense for my 4 year old...but the 7 year old liked it just fine. Running time of only 62 minutes.
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.
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…
I noticed that Une Vie de Chat got a lot of mediocre ratings over here at Letterboxd. That surprised me, as I found it a very charming film. I fell totally in love with the beautifully stylized artwork, reminding me of the atmospheric work of Jacques de Loustal and Lorenzo Mattotti.
Ok, the plot is reasonably old-fashioned and somewhat predictable, but that didn't matter to me, as my eyes were constantly spoilt by all the beautiful imagery, including some delightfully creative visual storytelling, such as a perfume cloud depicted as a wavy, snake-like reflection of the woman who wears the perfume. Also, the scenes with the barking dog made me laugh out loud.
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A Cat in Paris was the required "weird foreign film no one has heard of" nominee for best animated feature in the 2012 Oscars, losing to Rango. For a good reason too, it's not the best.
Granted as far as animated movies go, A Cat in Paris is far from being insulting. It has quite a pretty and unique style to it, and it does a good job of capturing what I assume Paris feels like, I've never been there.
Unfortunately, plot-wise, it is somehow simultaneously too childish to be aimed for adults but too mature to be a family-friendly movie. The first part builds up the main villain as being an evil person who killed our mute child main…
still love this movie !! the good shit
Like the idea of an animated caper and applaud the hand-drawn creativity, but its Cubist-inspired character designs never transcend their underlying oddness.
I love finding animated movies that have there on unique style and work with more adult themes like this film does. It also has fun characters and a fun storyline involving a cat, a cat burglar, a mob boss, and a police woman that all are related in various ways. It's good, not great, enjoyable for most the time
What an amazing film
(Originally posted on my website, December 12th, 2015)
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That’s right, viewers, we are back in Paris. However, we are not seeing A Monster in Paris, but we are reviewing A Cat in Paris. This 65-minute French-animated film was directed by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, and was produced by Folimage. If this company sounds familiar to foreign animated film buffs, this is the same studio that made Raining Cats and Frogs, and Mia and the Migoo, another distinctive-looking animated film. I decided to talk about this film…
I wanted to see the animated film "Boy and the World" directed by Brazilian Alê Abreu this weekend in theaters, but I was already late to the movie so I had to settle for another. I decided to watch a different film distributed by the same company (GKids) on Netflix to get a feel of their distinctive uniqueness I've read so much about. (GKids is the same distribution company of films like Ernest and Celestine, Song of The Sea, and When Marine Was There, all nominated for best picture Academy Awards.)
A classic "good-guys" vs "bad-guys" adventure tale about a cat who lives a double life of being a house pet for a little girl named Zoe, and a burglar's…
Got this one for Rosie because international animated films are a big hit around our house, and though this one is way too adult (or at least meant for older kids), it has become a big hit. The animation is fantastic, and though the story is a bit ho hum, it's visually compelling throughout.
Watched for Scavenger Hunt 17 - August 2016
Film #16, Task #22: A movie about or featuring a single mom!
This was a lovely little film that packs a lot of charm, action, and style into a svelte 70 minute frame. Definitely not just for kids. I fully enjoyed it, as did my 8-year-old son who watched it with me. He was so excited, I had to keep asking him to sit down and stop jumping because I couldn't see the screen.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
Excluding films based on anime TV series, due to how common they are.