With a visual style that recalls Matisse and a flair for suspense reminiscent of Hitchcock, Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s exhilarating handdrawn animated film tells the story of a cat with not nine but two lives. During the day, kitty Dino lives with Zoe, a mute little girl whose mother works as a detective for the Parisian police. At night, Dino becomes the accomplice of Nico, a good-hearted burglar who leaps from rooftop to rooftop with balletic grace. The sly cat’s double life is exposed when Zoe decides to see what her beloved feline does after dark—an escapade that leads her into the clutches of the gangster who murdered her father. Dino and Nico—the cat and the cat burglar—join forces to save the young girl, a heroic act that culminates at the top of Notre Dame. A Cat in Paris is a delightful homage to French policiers, with a four-legged star destined to be remembered as one of cinema’s most charismatic felines.
“Animators Jean-Loup Felicioni and Alain Gagnol draw inspiration from Expressionist painters to give their short but not-too-sweet animation its distinctive fluid style, with its light and shade perfectly matching the night-time skyline where much of the action is set. Movement is everywhere, from the shadows playing on the characters’ faces to the grace with which they move through the city of Paris.”
Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film.
Jean-Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol
Alain Gagnol & Jacques-Rémy Girerd
Jeanne: Dominique Blanc
Nico: Bruno Salomone
Victor Costa: Jean Benguigui
Zoé’s Nanny: Bernadette Lafont
Zoé: Oriane Zani
RUNNING TIME 70’
PRODUCTION France, 2010
RATING Not Rated
FORMAT(S) DCP, HDCam, Blu-ray, DVD