A Cat in Paris (2010)
"Une vie de chat" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Crime, Family  |  15 December 2010 (France)
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In Paris, a cat who lives a secret life as a cat burglar's aide must come to the rescue of Zoe, the little girl he lives with, after she falls into a gangster's clutches.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne (voice)
Claudine (voice)
Bruno Salomone ...
Nico (voice)
Jean Benguigui ...
Victor Costa (voice)
Oriane Zani ...
Zoé (voice)
Bernard Bouillon ...
Lucas (voice)
Jacques Ramade ...
Monsieur Bébé (voice)
Jean-Pierre Yvars ...
Monsieur Hulot (voice)
Patrick Ridremont ...
Patrick Descamps ...
Monsieur Patate (voice)
Yves Barbaut ...
Garde 1 / Gardien Zoo (voice)
Line Wiblé ...
Vieille Dame (voice)
Victor Costa (voice)
Nico (voice)
Jeanne (voice)


Dino is a cat that leads a double life. By day, he lives with Zoe, a little girl whose mother, Jeanne, is a police officer. By night, he works with Nico, a burglar with a big heart. Zoe has plunged herself into silence following her father's murder at the hands of gangster Costa. One day, Dino the cat brings Zoe a very valuable bracelet. Lucas, Jeanne's second-in-command, notices this bracelet is part of a jewelery collection that has been stolen. One night, Zoe decides to follow Dino. On the way, she overhears some gangsters and discovers that her nanny is part of the gangsters' team. Written by Anonymous

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By Day Child's Pet, By Night Dangerous Thief.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence and action, and some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 December 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

En katt i Paris  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$34,554 (USA) (1 June 2012)


$287,709 (USA) (10 August 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film was one of a number of movies that were in competition at the 2012 Academy Awards that was related to France and French culture in some way. The films included The Artist (2011), Hugo (2011), Midnight in Paris (2011), The Adventures of Tintin (2011), Puss in Boots (2011) from the French fairy-tale by Charles Perrault, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) based on the novel by Pierre Boulle and A Cat in Paris (2010). Interestingly though, there was no French film nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012. See more »


Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: La Cosa (2011) See more »


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Another nice looking French animated feature
9 April 2012 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

French animation has a certain stylish aesthetic. From the Gallic influenced 'Pink Panther' and 'Inspector Clouseau' cartoons to the films of Sylvain Chomet such as Belleville Rendezvous and The Illusionist, French animation has a definite look and feel. A Cat in Paris very much fits into this category. Its appeal lies almost exclusively in its French aesthetic.

Its story has three plot strands: a single mum and her daughter, their cat and a burglar and a gang of crooks. All the stories ultimately converge. In all honesty the story and characters aren't especially interesting. This is the weakness of the film. However, its strength lies in its animation and look. It's an old-style cartoon done in the traditional way. It isn't CGI and this is to its benefit. It has lots more heart and soul than the slick computer generated stuff we mainly see nowadays. The characters are simply drawn, resembling some forms of primitive art. The Paris they inhabit is beautifully presented. This city is such a knockout that it always looks terrific when animated, it really seems ideal for the treatment. Here is no exception, with the buildings lovingly depicted and the night-time rooftops romantically illustrated. The atmosphere created by the animation is very appealing.

This is a good feature. It's not up to the standard of Sylvain Chomet's work but it is certainly operating from a similar place. If you appreciate traditional animation or more specifically French animation, then this is a feature well worth catching.

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