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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)
Bernadette Lafont ...
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.

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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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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 »


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Surprisingly satisfying entertainment for a short film
17 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At 70 minutes, "A Cat in Paris" is the little film that could. The hand-drawn animated film packs a surprising amount of action and pathos into a children's cartoon and weaves a fairly rich back story that lends heft to the battle that unfolds between a cat burglar and the cat he shares with the local police chief versus the leader of a ring of art thieves. Leave it to the French to give the older child target audience some real narrative meat to chew on - although the action can be a little rough at times and some scenes will clearly scare younger viewers. The hand-drawn animation technique amplifies the scare factor but equally amplifies the warmth factor with scenes of the Dino the cat (and cat burglar)sinuously jumping from Parisian rooftop to rooftop approaching art. While the film is mostly beautiful to look at there are some plot problems such as the movie never stopping to explain how the older, puffy antagonist can keep up with our experienced cat burglar and his feline accomplice step-for-step across the Paris skyline. Also, action scenes too heavily dominate the run-time so at times it feels like Mel Gibson action movies from the 1990's. In short, the brief run time and a lack of memorable characters recommend it to a rental rather than a $12 a kid multiplex visit but it is a charming little film.

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