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A Cat in Paris

 

Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s A Cat in Paris is a slight but entertaining animated film about a cat who goes between two masters. The first is a young girl who refuses to talk since her dad was killed by an evil mastermind thief. Her mom is a police inspector who wants to get the man who killed her husband and has hired out a nanny to take care of the girl and isn’t what she seems. The cat’s other master is a thief of his own who specializes in high end burglaries with the help of the cat who likes to claw people. It’s a good strategy. The girl finds out what her cat is up to at night but also finds the bad guys at the same time. The thief with the heart of gold helps her and adventure ensues. The animation is pretty entertaining. The cat’s nose is a half-filled glass of wine, people’s feet are tiny triangles. The whole look is one of early 20th century abstract art. As should be the case in a children’s film, the laws of physics are not in play, but Notre Dame’s facade is very much in play to entertaining effect. I always worry about familiar voiceovers getting in the way of the action, but the work of Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston, and Matthew Modine for the English version of the film was solid. And if we’ve all seen a lot of theft capers in Paris before, the setting never gets old. Overall, a solid film.

 

7/10

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