A Cat in Paris is a short, sweet little French animated film about a cat who is a girl’s companion by day and a thief’s accomplice by night. The creators combined a simple animation style with a clean story to entertain both kids and adults in their just hour long film.
Zoé (voiced by Oriane Zani in the French version), hasn’t spoken a word since her father was killed by one of the biggest crime lords in Paris–Victor Costa (Jean Benguigui). Her mother Jeanne (Dominique Blanc) is a police detective and is all encompassed by finding Costa. This leaves Zoé home with her outspoken nanny Claudine (Bernadette Lafont) and her cat, Dino. Once it is bed time, however, Dino is let out through the window to climb rooflines and fences to the night time cat burglar‘s house. Nico (Bruno Salomone), we will soon find, is an honorable thief who might just learn to care for Zoé as much as Dino before the film is up.
The animation is simple in a lot of ways. Just a few curved lines and a series of drawings pieced together to form a sort of cartoon. Certain things are off kilter a bit–feet are too small and supposedly stationary objects have movement. There is a brilliant bit when Nico turns off the lights in Costa’s hide out and all of a sudden people become inverted silhouettes, white on black.
I enjoyed the animation, but didn’t quite care for the story or the characters. The story was very simplistic and predictable, for the most part. There was very little mystery in it, and although the film was only an hour long, I got bored quickly. Most of the characters are also very simple. They are typecast a certain way and they do not change. Nico was the only surprise in this area. Once Zoé was in trouble, you forget almost instantly that Nico is a thief as he becomes the biggest hero of the film. Dino himself is also a cute and mischievous character who helped tie the story together.
All in all, I would say it was a cute film with interesting animation. If you are a cat lover, it might not be an hour wasted to seek out this film. Otherwise, I would rather find something else to do with my time.