Another original French animation quickly after my last venture into that a week or two ago with The Suicide Shop! (Click HERE if you’d like to check it out). A Cat in Paris was one of my awesome buys in Target and it was one that I’d been searching for. My best friend and I decided to pop in another animation to start off our Sunday while we ate our “breakfast” of dumplings at 9:30am… So lets check it out! Just a note, we watched this in its original French version and not the English one 🙂
Dino is a pet cat of a little girl called Zoe (Oriane Zani/Lauren Weintraub). Zoe and her police investigator mom, Jeanne (Dominique Blanc/Marcia Gay Harden) has just lost her father/her husband to the largest criminal thief in Paris, Victor Costa (Jean Benguigui/JB Blanc). However, Dino leads a secret life at night. He becomes the accomplice/aide to a burglar, Nico (Bruno Salomone/Steven Blum). After her father’s death, Zoe has suddenly stopped talking. As Jeanne is trying to find a way to capture her husband’s murderer, Victor Costa is planning to steal his most beloved antique treasure of his life with his minions. Its at this same time that through certain circumstances, Zoe ends up caught by Victor Costa. Dino must now find a way to save Zoe.
A Cat in Paris is not as unique as The Suicide Shop. However, its strength is the animation style that it uses. Its very much like watching a painting in motion. The characters are illustrated in the way you’d see a French portrait painting. Its refreshing to watch this when most of the animations we see nowadays are made with CGI. CGI isn’t a bad element and it usually makes it feel more real and detail-oriented. Sometimes though, I do enjoy the elements of a traditional animation. It brings back a sort of surrealism adapted in an urban environment. The visuals really were stunning and it was what kept me interested especially in one scene where it was illustrated in black and white. If you’ve seen this movie, you would know which part I’m talking about. I felt it was possibly the most awesome part because it was not only simple but effective in keeping the audience captivated and entertained 🙂
This was definitely an enjoyable watch when there was dialogue and interaction between the characters. The ending also was pretty entertaining to watch as there was a bit more action. My one issue that I had with it was that it suffered from being slow-paced. Maybe its not supposed to be something that we turn on in the morning. Especially when its actually quite short in time with only 62 minutes of running length, at 30 minutes, we started wondering if something was eventually going to happen. Maybe its because the storyline wasn’t particularly new but rather something a bit more predictable.
Sometimes slow-paced isn’t completely an issue when we have some memorable characters. This was like a criminal comedy where as much as there was a touching story on the side, the villain and his minions provided a lot of laughs from doing silly things. Nico and Dino also have a very nice vibe working together to get their tasks done. On that note, I really think the illustration of Dino was extremely beautiful. Nico also lit up the screen with his smooth and sneaky acrobatic moves. What added perfectly to the sequence was also its jazzy and stylish music in the background.
Rotten Tomatoes has this certified Fresh and I can see why. I think its a personal preference as to whether its slow or acceptable for others. No doubt its worth a viewing just for the beautiful visuals and animation style paired up with a very nice soundtrack chosen to bring this story to life.
Which type of animations tend to draw you in?