Saturday, June 16, 2012
"A Cat in Paris" (France 2010)
"A Cat in Paris" is a gem, a treat not to be missed by children or their parents, (or animation-loving adults without kids). The graphic style of Jean Louis Felici and Alain Gaynol is crisp and bright, their characters rendered with line-work, recalling the Matisse and Picasso of 1930's Paris.
Lonely little Zoe has an affectionate pet cat named Dino. When she goes to bed at night, Dino bounds across the moonlit rooftops, leading the honorable, rubbery-armed burglar Nico to the loot. One such outing leads to a nest of mobsters--connected with the death of Zoe's father.
The almond eyes, the sailor pants and tiny feet and the Billy Holiday soundtrack--all create a storybook Paris of the imagination.