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Felidae (1994)

A cat must investigate brutal murders of other cats in a neighborhood he has moved into with his owner.


Michael Schaack


Akif Pirinçci (novel), Martin Kluger (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ulrich Tukur ... Francis (voice)
Mario Adorf ... Bluebeard (voice)
Helge Schneider Helge Schneider ... Jesaja (voice)
Wolfgang Hess Wolfgang Hess ... Kong (voice)
Gerhard Garbers Gerhard Garbers ... Preterius (voice)
Ulrich Wildgruber Ulrich Wildgruber ... Joker (voice)
Mona Seefried Mona Seefried ... Felicity (voice)
Manfred Steffen Manfred Steffen ... Gustav (voice)
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Archie (voice)
Michaela Amler Michaela Amler ... Nhozemphtekh (voice)
Christian Schneller Christian Schneller ... Mendel (voice)
Tobias Lelle Tobias Lelle ... Hermann 1 (voice)
Frank Röth ... Hermann 2 (voice)
Alexandra Mink Alexandra Mink ... Pepeline (voice) (as Alexandra Ludwig-Halm)
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Pascal / Claudandus (voice)


After his owner relocates, the cat Francis in involved in a series of cat murders in the new neighborhood. Francis tries to solve the murder cases with others - including Claudandus, a very knowledgable and old cat. Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

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Feline brilliance
7 July 2006 | by patroniseSee all my reviews

Isn't it always a shame that the best films are often the most unknown? I had to order my copy through eBay from a German seller to get my hands on the DVD of Felidae. Although there are no English subtitles, thankfully there is at least English dubbing, albeit in Dolby 2.0 as opposed to 5.1. Still, the English voice talent is quiet excellent and never irks, the way some foreign dubs can. Now, onto the actual film, Felidae is a feast for the eyes. What initially appears to be a typical animation with lavish colours, top art and high production values becomes much more. For one, there is animated violence that would shock an adult Japanese animation studio. We're talking gritty, horrid violence that makes this tale all the more real. Secondly, there are some brilliant dream sequences with incredibly surreal effects that just have to be seen. The most alluring aspect of this film is most definitely its noir feel. There's a murder mystery, thugs, grit and guts, femme fatales and a story that'll make your eyes pop. The story is arguably the most intriguing yet seen in animation. It covers cults, murder, ancient Egypt, animal experimentation, genetics and much more. It's definitely a film you need to see multiple times to soak it all up. Lastly, a word of warning. This is a feline noir film, so there's not only violence, but sex too. Yes, kitty porn. Well, not really, but it's definitely an unexpected event even for this animation. One of the best things you can do right now is to hope online to eBay or some other store and get yourself a copy of this excellent DVD. Here's hoping that someday there will be a re-release of this film with subtitles so that us non-Germans can watch the film in its original language, listen to the directors commentary and understand what's being said in the making of.

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Release Date:

3 November 1994 (Germany) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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