Thursday, 5 April 2012
A Cat in Paris ★★★☆☆
At a time when 3D 'experiences' are being used to fleece a few extra pence of generous parents and numerous sequels and spin-offs of CGI family films are saturating cinema listings, it comes as a welcome breath of fresh air to see there are still films like Academy Award nominee A Cat in Paris (2010) being made. Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol's children's animation is a lovingly hand-crafted piece of escapism which shows that today's discerning child audiences don't have to be hand fed pristine prints of outlandish adventures to be entertained.
Dino is a cat living a double life. By day he's the caring companion of Zoe - a little girl who since losing her father to the hands of a notorious gangster has become mute and unable to construct a true bond with her police detective mother. At night Dino takes to the rooftops of Paris as an accomplice to Nico - a burglar with a heart almost as large as his swag bag. However, an unusual twist of fate brings Dino's two worlds together, with this fearless feline finding himself in a perilous situation with his two closest companion's lives in danger.