By Don Simpson | November 10, 2012
Directors: Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol
Writers: Alain Gagnol (dialogue, screenplay), Jacques-Rémy Girerd (dialogue), Michael Sinterniklaas (english adaptation)
Starring: Dominique Blanc, Bernadette Lafont, Bruno Salomone, Jean Benguigui, Oriane Zani, Bernard Bouillon, Jacques Ramade, Jean-Pierre Yvars, Patrick Ridremont, Patrick Descamps
Young Zoé (voice: Oriane Zani) has gone mute following the death of her father at the hands of a diabolical mob boss (voice: Jean Benguigui). Zoe’s mother (voice: Dominique Blanc) is a police superintendent whose one and only goal is to capture the man who murdered her husband. Unfortunately, that task monopolizes her thoughts and distracts her from paying attention to Zoé.
On one fateful night, Zoe sneaks out of her bed to follow her cat as he goes on a nightly prowl around Paris. This is when Zoe discovers that her cat is the loyal sidekick to a nimble cat burglar (voice: Bruno Salomone). Unfortunately, she finds herself smack dab in the middle of a hornets’ nest and she is left having to decide precisely whom she can trust.
Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s A Cat in Paris is a kids’ flick that stuffy adult film critics have found to be too predictable or not suspenseful enough. That is because A Cat in Paris takes a very classic approach to visualizing its story, avoiding the over-stimulation of Pixar and Disney animation. Even the luscious jazz score (composed by Serge Besset) seems to be ripped straight from the soundtrack of an early 1960s thriller. Sure, A Cat in Paris might be a bit light on plot and we can see the ending coming from a mile away; that said, the ending plays in sharp opposition to the way Hollywood would have wrapped things up. Hollywood is much too uptight about punishing its bad guys, no matter how nice they are.