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By Day Child's Pet, By Night Dangerous Thief.
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Dominique Blanc ... 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 ... Monsieur Grenouille (voice)
Patrick Descamps ... Monsieur Patate (voice)
Yves Barbaut ... Garde 1 / Gardien Zoo (voice)
Line Wiblé ... Vieille Dame (voice)

JB Blanc ... Victor Costa (voice: English version)

Steve Blum ... Nico (voice: English version)

Marcia Gay Harden ... Jeanne (voice: English version)

Anjelica Huston ... Claudine (voice: English version)

Matthew Modine ... Lucas (voice: English version)
Lauren Weintraub ... Zoe (voice: English version)

Mike Pollock ... Mister Baby / Zookeeper / Additional Voices (voice: English version)
Philippe Hartmann ... Mister Hulot (voice: English version)

Gregory Cupoli ... Mister Frog (voice: English version)
Marc Thompson ... Mister Potato / Frank (voice: English version)
Eric Bauza ... Dom / Dog Owner / Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Barbara Goodson ... Old Lady / Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Kristen Rutherford ... Additional Voices (voice: English version)

Directed by
Jean-Loup Felicioli 
Alain Gagnol 
Writing credits
Alain Gagnol (screenplay)

Jacques-Rémy Girerd (dialogue) &
Alain Gagnol (dialogue)

Michael Sinterniklaas (english adaptation)

Produced by
Eric Beckman .... producer: English language version
Emmanuel Bernard .... executive producer
Annemie Degryse .... producer: Belgium
Arnaud Demuynck .... producer: Belgium
Jacques-Rémy Girerd .... producer: France
David Jesteadt .... producer: English language version
Michael Sinterniklaas .... producer: English language version
Artelle Zylberberg .... co-producer: RTBF - Télévision Belge
Original Music by
Serge Besset 
Film Editing by
Hervé Guichard 
Production Management
Catherine Blanc-Maurizi .... production manager
Patrick Tallaron .... technical production manager
Art Department
Jean-Loup Felicioli .... graphic designer
Jean-Loup Felicioli .... storyboard artist
Alain Gagnol .... pre-storyboard artist
Sound Department
Laurent Barral .... trainee sound
Samuel Billot .... sound recording and editing assistant
Didier Bouchet .... trainee sound
Rainier Buidin .... sound mixer assistant
Loïc Burckhardt .... sound designer
Loïc Burckhardt .... sound editor
Loïc Burckhardt .... sound effects
Loïc Burckhardt .... sound recordist
Nicolas Ecoubeyrou .... trainee sound
David Gillain .... foley recordist
Marie Guesnier .... sound library
Hervé Guichard .... voice editor
David Guillaume .... trainee sound
Olivier Guillien .... trainee sound
Eric Henche .... trainee sound
Wyckmans Marie-Jeanne .... foley artist
Pierre Martens .... sound library
Gaspard Panfiloff .... sound recording and editing assistant
Axel Reynaud .... trainee sound
Pascal Serme .... sound recording and editing assistant
Michael Sinterniklaas .... adr director: English version
Michael Sinterniklaas .... sound mixer: English version
Christine Sirotti .... voice decoding
Luc Thomas .... sound mixer
Flavien van Haezevelde .... sound recording and editing assistant
Marie-Jeanne Wyckmans .... foley artist
Rainier Buidin .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dariusz Kowalczyk .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Elias Vervecken .... foley artist assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Izu Troin .... special effects (as Izù Troin)
Visual Effects by
Benjamin Bourreau .... digital corrections: backgrounds
Théo Ciret .... digital line-tests
Izu Troin .... compositing (as Izù Troin)
Animation Department
Christophe Barrett .... inbetweener: France
Constantin Beine .... animator: Belgium
Yasmina Bouachrine .... animator: trace and coloring
Pierre Bouvier .... inbetweener: France
Gaël Brisou .... background artist
Aude Carpentier .... inbetweener: France
Emmanuel Corrado .... animator: trace and coloring
Emmanuel Corrado .... inbetweener: France
Xavier Cruz .... animator: France
Cristelle Dupuy .... inbetweener: France
Cristelle Dupuy .... layout assistant
Rémi Durin .... animator: Belgium
Jean-Loup Felicioli .... artistic director
Jean-Loup Felicioli .... background artist: preparation
Jean-Loup Felicioli .... background director
Jean-Loup Felicioli .... character designer
Amandine Fredon .... animator: trace and coloring
Amandine Fredon .... inbetweener: France
Alain Gagnol .... animator: France
Alain Gagnol .... artistic director
Alain Gagnol .... layout artist
Maya Gouby .... inbetweener: Belgium
Myriam Gras .... animator: trace and coloring
Emmanuelle Grivet .... inbetweener: France
Emmanyelle Grivet .... animator: trace and coloring
Carol Guénault-Valladarès .... animator: trace and coloring (as Carol Guénault)
Marie-Pierre Hauwelle .... animator: trace and coloring
Paul Jadoul .... animator: Belgium
Éliette Jafflin-Gasquet .... inbetweener: France
Antoine Lanciaux .... animator: France
Rémy Leboissetier .... inbetweener: France
Frédérique Lecront .... animator: trace and coloring
Crapette Liétar .... animator: trace and coloring (as Crapette Lietar)
Sylvie Léonard .... animator: France
Sylvie Léonard .... layout artist
Olivier Martigne .... inbetweener: France
Jérémie Mazurek .... animator: Belgium
Emilie Mercier .... background artist
Fabien Péault .... animator: trace and coloring
Fabien Péault .... inbetweener: France
Laurent Repiton .... animator: France
Morten Riisberg Hansen .... animator: France
Morten Riisberg Hansen .... animator: trace and coloring
Marc Robinet .... animator: France
Gaël Rousseau .... animator: trace and coloring
Pieter Samyn .... animator: Belgium
Mylène Seignobos .... animator: trace and coloring
Yacine Talabi .... background artist
Iouri Tcherenkov .... animator: France
Zoia Trofimova .... background artist (as Zoïa Trofimova)
Maryse Tuzi .... animator: color models
Maryse Tuzi .... color supervisor
Mathias Varin .... animator: trace and coloring
Pascal Vermeersch .... animator: Belgium
Hermien Verstraete .... inbetweener: Belgium
Casting Department
Stephanie Sheh .... casting director: English version
Editorial Department
Benjamin Bourreau .... data transmission processing
Marie-Pierre Hauwelle .... data transmission processing
Mike Joris .... color grader
Dewy Noiry .... data transmission processing
Aldo Mulone .... assistant colorist (uncredited)
Lieven Vanhove .... digital film mastering (uncredited)
Music Department
Andy Barron .... musician: percussion
Vincent Beer-Demander .... musician: mandolin
Vladislav Boyadjiev .... assistant sound recordist: The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Vincent Cathalo .... music recordist: additional instruments
Stéphane Cortial .... conductor: The Bulgarian Symphonic Orchestra - SIF 309
Stéphane Cortial .... conductor: The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Nina Djidrova .... music production manager: The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Drevet .... musician: trumpet
Marieta Geneva .... music production manager: The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Elena Ghouchkova .... orchestra manager: The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra
Didier Lizé .... music mixer
Didier Lizé .... music recordist
Jean-Marc Michel .... musician: accordion, musical workshop
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309 .... musicians (as The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra)
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309 .... orchestra (as The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra - SIF 309)
Alain Territo .... musician: double bass
Other crew
Yves Barbaut .... animatic voice: French
Emmanuel Bernard .... financial manager
Jason Chan .... production assistant
Eve Commenge .... production assistant: Belgium
Veerle Creve .... press officer: Benlux
Els De Clerco .... accountant: Belgium
Sofie De Clerco .... production assistant: Belgium
Juliette Delfau .... animatic voice: French
Catherine Detry .... production assistant: Belgium
Monica Donati .... press officer
Provost Frédéric .... accountant: France
Françoise Gandrillon .... accountant: France
Vincent Garanger .... animatic voice: French
Emmeline Gay .... production assistant: France
Frédérique Larmagnac .... production assistant: Belgium
Tim Martens .... production assistant: Belgium, RTBF
Jayne Pilling .... translator: French
Catherine Poels .... press officer: RTBF
Flore Poinsard .... production assistant: France
Walter Provo .... english dialogue: Tekst + Uitleg
Walter Provo .... translator: Tekst + Uitleg
David Spilleboudt .... accountant: Belgium
Izù Troin .... titles
Nikolaas Vandeputte .... accountant: Belgium
Christophe Vidal .... financial logictics: Coficine
Line Wiblé .... animatic voice: French
Jean-Pierre Yvars .... animatic voice: French

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Also Known As:
"Une vie de chat" - France (original title)
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Rated PG for mild violence and action, and some thematic material
70 min
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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/I), 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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36 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Sur les Toits de Paris, 16 October 2011
Author: Igenlode Wordsmith from England

I thoroughly enjoyed this film: in one sense it's an animated spoof of a classic thriller genre, in another it's a charming entertainment -- and it contains a very well observed cat! Like the B-movies to which it nods, it packs a vast amount of action into its 65-minute running time, leavening action with humour (the splatted dog is a classic cartoon gag -- but it's a tribute to the emotional realism of the film that later on the audience was actually worried that it had come to serious harm) and parody with genuine feeling: the gangsters discussing food are a homage to Quentin Tarantino, but the bereaved Jeanne's battles with the cartoon-Costa of her imagination put a quiver in my stiff upper lip. And the clambering up and down the face of Notre-Dame is a pure paean to Paris... and to the Hunchback!

There are two apparently separate stories going at the start: the little girl with a workaholic single mother, plus the night-time adventures of her cat. But neither of them is quite what it seems -- the neglectful mother in particular is a much more sympathetic character than we initially assume -- and both strands rapidly intertwine with a gangster thriller plot. This may be an animated adventure, but it has more than enough depth for adults as well as children: in fact, I suspect the tension may be a little too much for small children. One little boy in the row in front of me had to be carried out howling that he wanted to go home.

The style of animation is -- deliberately -- extremely crude: characters are drawn in the simplest of outlines, although I noticed that the cat movement and postures, for all the crudity of the shapes, were extremely well done. (Take the scene, for example, when the cat is sprawled in Nico's room -- or when it disdainfully opens just one slit of an eye as Claudine rages at it!) And almost all the action takes place at night or by artificial lighting, heightening the child's storybook appearance of the art. This is clearly a consciously retro aesthetic: I was amused to note that the brand of paper used in making all the drawings got its own entry in the credit listing at the end of the film.

What really grated on me, for some reason, was the depiction of the feet (I had the same problem with DreamWorks' Sinbad animation). The characters in this film have incredibly tiny triangular feet which seem always to be drawn from the same angle no matter which way the rest of the body is pointing, and I found it visually disturbing to have the perspective so obviously all wrong...

A bonus feature was the fluent idiomatic English translation in the subtitles, at least in the London Film Festival version: it makes a welcome change from translations obviously aimed at the American market. (And it's always fun to back-translate the insults: within the limits of my vocabulary of French vituperation, some pretty apt equivalents seemed to have been chosen!)

I'm tempted to rate this at 9 out of ten, but I don't think it has quite enough depth for that level: I'll compromise and knock a point off for the annoyance of the feet, leaving it at a very solid 8.

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