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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.
Excellent, short animated film. Good for kids too(8 & 6)
What are you looking for in an animation film? 'A Cat in Paris' is a decent alternative for its different, refreshing graphic and a mysterious heist. Bonus: A cat (especially for cat lovers) and Paris! (enough said).
The relationship between human and animal captured in an audiovisual always leaves me nothing but admiration. The attachment and the emotion among them are not merely features you could recently relate, but also past stories to remember 😁. It's personal. A good one.
The art style is fascinating, but the two alternating stories are a little disjointed.
I hadn't heard of this film, but it showed up on Amazon Prime recently, so we checked it out. We love cats, and we love mid-century mystery-suspense-action movies, so this seemed like it would be a winner. We watched the English dub, which was what Prime offered; if it were up to us, we would've chosen the original French, with subtitles.
The movie is pretty good. I like the jazzy, mid-century vibe, with some very stylish artwork in the city skyline and silhouettes. It's fun to think of a domestic cat heading out in the evenings for a life of crime and adventure. I also like the slight ambiguity in the characters. For example, we never really learn why the…
A little disappointed since this is a film I sought out believing it was true Oscar caliber. The animation is beautiful and the main trio is very likeable. The story though a simple one is fun and kinda dark for a kids film. I'm a sucker for cats, so this was an easy watch.
it was such a treat getting to rewatch this movie and talk with alain gagnol about the animation process
Neat visually. Great music. Storyline ok.
I wish I'd watched the original French version of this. The English dub was goddamn awful. The voice acting was so bad I wanted to pour concrete in my ears and set fire to my head. The actual plot was decent, but the animation is what matters most and it was sublime. Every scene was bursting with life due to the shading of the characters. It's forever moving, jumping across the models and it gives a real sense of movement.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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…
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Excluding films based on anime TV series, due to how common they are.