Dino the gray tabby spends his lazy afternoons lounging on the lap of his owner, a girl named Zoé, who’s been rendered mute by the tragic loss of her father. After nightfall, however, this adventurous house cat slips out and accompanies a Parisian jewel thief (Steve Blum) on his pilfering rounds. The impending arrival of a rare African artifact stirs the interest of Dino’s partner in crime, as well as that of a notorious gangster, a shady maid (Anjelica Huston) and a police superintendent (Marcia Gay Harden)—and the latter just happens to be Zoé’s mom. Quicker than you can say “Irma Vep,” the youngster and her feline friend are zipping across rooftops throughout the City of Light, getting into all sorts of dangerous misadventures.
The first full-length feature from French animators Jean-Loup Felicoli and Alain Gagnol, A Cat in Paris looks like a gorgeous Rousseau painting come to life and plays like a disjointed series of vignettes, as if the duo simply stitched a handful of their old shorts together until they hit the 70-minute mark. It’s not to say that the various thrills, spills and chills—notably a climax involving a fistfight atop Notre Dame’s gargoyles—won’t keep the kids interested, or that adults won’t be impressed by the movie’s delicate handling of youthful grieving. Rather, Felicoli and Gagnol just haven’t purr-fected the long form quite yet.
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Cast and crew
|Director:||Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol|