From Folimage, the animation studio behind Mia & the Migoo and Raining Cats and Frogs, comes a beautifully hand-drawn caper set in the shadow-drenched alleyways of Paris. Dino is a pet cat that leads a double life. By day he lives with Zoe, a little mute girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a detective in the Parisian police force. But at night he sneaks out the window to work with Nico - a slinky cat burglar with a big heart, whose fluid movements are poetry in motion - as he evades captors and slips and swishes from rooftop to rooftop across the Paris skyline. The cat's two worlds collide when young Zoe decides to follow Dino on his nocturnal adventures – and falls into the hands of Victor Costa, a blustery gangster planning the theft of a rare statue. Now cat and cat burglar must team up to save Zoe from the bumbling thieves, leading to a thrilling acrobatic finale on top of Notre Dame. A Cat in Paris is a warm and richly humorous love letter to classic noir films and the stylized wit of the Pink Panther cartoons – and Dino, the literal cat burglar, manages to steal the show with little more than a subtle swish of the tail and quiet mew.
||February 24th, 2012 (Limited) by Mongrel Media, released as A Cat in Paris (Canada)
June 1st, 2012 (Limited) by GKIDS, released as A Cat in Paris
||October 9th, 2012 by New Video Group|
||PG for mild violence and action, and some thematic material.|
(Rating bulletin 2223, 5/16/2012)
||Police Procedural, Young Child Dealing with the Death of a Parent, Organized Crime, Animal Lead, Mute|
|Production Method:||Hand Animation|
|Creative Type:||Kids Fiction|
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