Movie Review-A Cat in Paris

Special Features
“The Many Lives of a Cat” Video Flipbook
“Extinction of the Sabre-Toothed Housecat” Bonus Short Film
Alternate Original French Audio Track with English Subtitles
U.S. Trailer
The Secret of Kells U.S. Trailer

A Cat in Paris is a 62 minute hand drawn old school animation film set in the alleyways of Paris. Dino is a cat who leads a double life, yes you read this right a cat who leads a double life. By day he lives with his owner Zoe, whose mom is a detective with the Parisian police. At night, Dino sneaks out the window to work with Nico who is a sly little cat burglar with good intentions, who always seems to get away unscathed. Set to a jazz influenced soundtrack by Billie Holiday. This Academy Award nominated animated film is perfect for young kids and adults as it offers something for everyone. For the American version which I am reviewing the voices are done by Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston and Matthew Modine among others. This is a very small production compared to what you would expect from an animated film, and that is part of the charm of the film. While the plot of the film deals with a cat who steals and another who has a double life, it is the location of Paris and the backdrop it provides that is the true star of this film. The rooftop chases I would assume were very reminiscent of To Catch a Thief, and will keep the kids happy with the cartoon aspect and the parents happy with how fun this film really is.

As you can guess being that the cat is on one side of the law, and Zoe’s mom is the other side of the law, they will both eventually close in on each other. Harden voices the mother who is out to find out who is responsible for her husband’s death and put them to justice. The film does touch on death a few times in the film, as Zoe is saddened by her dad’s death and the cat becomes very close to her. As you can guess the people responsible for the death are also on a collision course with the cats and as you can guess the cats are going to try and play the heroes. This film from beginning to end was just a fun film, that really kept my attention and had me laughing and at times really into the story. I just wish it was longer. The blu ray also comes with a short Extinction of the Sabre-Toothed Housecat which was fun and also makes this a high recommendation for all of you to seek out.

8 out of 10