A Cat in Paris (2010)

A Cat in Paris (2010) movie poster

directors Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
viewed: 11/17/2012

This stylized French 2-D traditional cel animation feature came a went pretty fast.  It’s most notable aspect was being up for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards, along with a couple of other fairly obscure entries.  I queued it up, as we missed its theatrical run, and thought to give it a go.

The design is very stylized, with backgrounds drawn in crayon and characters with odd characteristics, not really like anything in particular.

It’s an unusual story of a cat who lives with a girl and her mother by day and who runs with a cat burglar by night.  In Paris.

Actually, the story is quite convoluted considering how slim it is.  I don’t think I’m giving too much away by saying that the girl’s mom is a detective, her husband was also a cop, killed by local mafia bad guy, who she is now hunting.  And he’s trying to get his hands on some priceless artifact.  His moll is also the girl’s nanny.  The whole thing is kinda trite in my book.  Enjoyable enough, but trite.

That said, the kids really liked it.  Felix thought it was one of the best ones we’d seen recently.  Clara liked every aspect of it (not unusual for her).  So, in the long run of things, that tempers my opinion a tad.  I won’t grouse about something that they liked so well.

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