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If you miss the days of good old hand-drawn animated movies, you’ll really enjoy A Cat in Paris, a beautiful noir children’s film. It's party mystery and part comedy. This French movie was nominated for a 2012 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
It tells the story of a cat that leads two lives: by day he’s curling up with a little girl named Zoe and by night he’s jumping across rooftops with Nico, a sneaky burgler (who’s actually a good guy). Zoe’s mom is a cop, and she’s deadset on capturing Costa, the man who killed her husband (also an officer). Everyone’s paths cross thanks to Dino the cat, guaranteeing lots of action and surprises.
This movie felt pretty sophisticated--its rich colors, stylishly drawn buildings, and moody classic jazz and classical music soundtrack made it stand out from most other kids movies coming out these days. The DVD is available for check out from the library and you have the option of watching the dubbed Englsh version or original French with Englsh subtitles.
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Karen Choy is the Youth Services Librarian in Half Moon Bay. She thanks Susan for recommending this movie to her!