A Cat In Paris

June 25, 2012 at 8:22 am | Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment

I suppose I shouldn’t expect much from a 70 minute animated film about a cat, but it was nominated for an Oscar (though, god knows why).  This slow moving caper about a cat that doubles as a cat burglar’s side-kick plods along when it should be skipping.  It seems to want to have fun but doesn’t know how.  There are clearly moments when the audience is supposed to laugh (and I even did, once or twice), but most fall flat.  There are moments of peril that have as much believability, and so about as much peril, as a Roadrunner skit.  The artwork is sketchy and flat and, while the movements are sometimes graceful, the facial expressions are not.  Dialogue seems to be an afterthought and is almost entirely expository; to paraphrase one of the cops, “move along.  Just some plot here.  Nothing to see.”  At brief moments, there was real whimsy and the potential for a more human film broke through but, in the end, the rest of the film was as flat as its animation.

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