Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night Dino 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. Rife with film references (from Reservoir Dogs to Goodfellas to The Night of the Hunter) A Cat in Paris is a warm and humorous love letter to classic noir and American gangster films, with a jazz soundtrack featuring Billie Holiday. (France, 2011, 70 min., color, Blu-ray, In English – Directors/Writers: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol Featuring the voices of Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River), Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston (The Royal Tenenbaums) and Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket). The film is rated PG for mild action and violence, and some thematic material.
“WONDERFUL, SOPHISTICATED FUN!
Take kids on the adventure of a lifetime!”
- San Francisco Chronicle
“CHARMING! BEAUTIFULLY ANIMATED!
- Animation Magazine
With its graceful fluidity and feline swiftness, A Cat in Paris is a symphony of music and colors!”
- Le Monde
A Cat in Paris is a gem, a treat not to be missed by children or their parents (or animation-loving adults without kids). The graphic style is crisp, flat, and bright, their characters rendered with linework recalling the Matisse and Picasso of ’30s Paris. Lonely little Zoe has an affectionate pet cat named Dino. When she goes to bed at night, Dino bounds across the moonlit rooftops, leading the honorable, rubbery-armed burglar Nico to the loot. One such outing leads to a nest of gangsters – more comic than truly scary – connected with the death of Zoe’s father. But no more plot: The almond eyes, the sailor pants and tiny feet, the sun-washed checkerboard kitchen floors, the soundtrack strains of Billie and Django – all create a storybook Paris of the imagination, of the artist’s easel.”
- Seattle Weekly
“A CAT IN PARIS HAS A JAZZY, RELAXED BEAUTY
It’s old-school, hand-drawn animation, and you can sense the fun the artists were having…It all ends before we want it to; a nighttime adventure disappearing before daylight, as if it were all just a colorful dream.”
- Seattle Times
An enjoyable amuse-bouche that employs all the standards of the cats-in-Paris meme: Billie Holiday warbling on the soundtrack, a dashingly heroic antihero who scales the rooftops as if he studied parkour under Spider-Man, and the titular untamable black cat who serves as his partner in crime. Complete with a climactic Hitchcockian set piece on the rooftops of Notre Dame Cathedral, A Cat in Paris has a refreshingly angular and graphic, almost cubist, feel.”
- San Francisco Bay Guardian
“THE CITY OF LIGHTS HAS RARELY LOOKED AS BEAUTIFUL ON THE BIG SCREEN AS IT DOES HERE!”
A thoroughly charming film with genuine heart and just enough attitude! The hand-drawn A Cat in Paris is a wonderful antidote for the mass-produced computer animation constantly dumped into multiplexes. If Toulouse Lautrec were resurrected to craft an animated film, he would probably look up Gagnol and Felicioli. Though produced with young viewers in mind, the romantic urban backdrops, the hat-tips to film noir, and the jazz-influenced soundtrack will keep adults quite engaged.”
- The Epoch Times
“THE CITY OF LIGHT AS YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT!
Part serious noir, part silly crime caper and part classic children’s animated tale, it’s as wily as the furry cat at its center.”
- The Examiner