A CAT IN PARIS (Mongrel, 2010) D: Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol, w/ voices of Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston. Rating: NNN; DVD package: NNN Rating: NNN
Much of the enjoyment in A Cat In Paris comes from the hand-drawn look of its animation, its simplified characters and mix of cubism, surrealism and film noir. And it refuses to be cute or condescend to its young audience.
Dino the cat lives with mute little girl Zoe by day, but at night he prowls with Nico the cat burglar. One night, Zoe follows them, and all three stumble onto a nasty but bumbling gang of thieves intent on a big score. Lively pursuit, capture and escape ensue, mainly across moonlit Paris rooftops, with a weird climax atop Notre Dame Cathedral.
The pause button comes in handy for the making-of doc, The Many Lives Of A Cat Video Flipbook. It tells its story with sketches, storyboards and very little text.
EXTRAS Making-of doc, Extinction Of The Saber-Toothed Housecat short. English, French audio. English subtitles.