Western Animation: A Cat in Paris

A Cat in Paris (French: Une Vie de Chat) is a 2010 traditionally animated film. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Zoe, a young girl, has no idea that her beloved cat Dino sneaks out every night to play accomplice to a Classy Cat-Burglar named Nico, and neither does her detective mother, Jeanne. But when a notorious gangster rears his head in the city, these unlikely characters must find a way to stop his plot and gain friendship along the way.

Originally in French it received an English dub with Marcia Gay Harden as Jeanne, Steven Blum as Nico, JB Blanc as Costa and Anjelica Huston as Claudine.

  • Adult Fear: Jeanne goes through a parent's worse nightmare when she thinks that Nico tried to kidnap her daughter. And gets another fear bomb when she realizes that it was actually Claudine who had her child. Imagine how Jeanne must have felt when she harshly discovers she laced her daughter's life in the hands of a cold hearted criminal.
    • Having your husband cop killed and knowing the man who did it. And not only that, but also having your child know who murdered his/her father.
  • Big Bad: Victor Costa.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Claudine.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nico warns Jeanne and Lucas that he wasn't kidnapping Zoe, he was only trying to help her. And after seeing Claudine (who's in her nice lady fašade,) he tried to tell the cop partners that Claudine is the one trying to hurt Zoe. This is justified since Nico is a thief and thieves usually do lie.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Jeanne catches Nico as he falls from well over 20 feet by his bag, and this enables him to swing effortlessly and land with no problem on a gargoyle.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Claudine's rancid perfume allows Dino and Nico to find where she and Costa's gang are holding Zoe.
  • The Chew Toy: Zoe's mother's partner.
    Lucas: Ten years on the force and she's got me following cat pawprints.
  • City of Adventure: Paris becomes this to Nico and Dino when they go out thieving.
  • Classy Cat-Burglar: Nico. Bonus points for having an actual cat for a sidekick!
  • Curse Cut Short: A security guard in the beginning when he spots Nico: "You sneaky, son of a—"
  • Cute Mute: Zoe, though it's implied that it started with the death of her father. She gets better.
  • Damsel in Distress: Though she's somewhat resourceful, Zoe is about as useful as an average young girl.
  • Dark Chick: Claudine.
  • Disney Villain Death: Costa falls from a crane after he hallucinates that a giant is there to catch him... It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Disappeared Dad: He was a police officer that was killed by Costa.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Dino, Nico, Jeanne, and Zoe are now a family.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: The Trope Namer is shown, and the climax of the film takes place on top of Notre Dame de Paris.
  • Evil Brit: Costa, in the English dub, has a wicked Cockney accent.
  • Fair Cop: Jeanne.
  • Foreshadowing: Claudine using a vacuum to get rid of Dino while she's cleaning is a huge hint that she's an accomplice of Costa.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The giant statue called The Colossus of Nairobi. If you look further south of the statue there's something that might be mistaken for something it's not supposed to be.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Jeanne and her partner, Lucas, have shades of this.
  • The Heist: What Costa and his gang are planning.
  • Held Gaze: Nico and Jeanne do this after everything is over.
  • Heroic BSOD: Both Zoe and her mother suffer from this to certain degrees. Zoe refuses to speak and Jeanne is shown breaking into sobs at work after being tormented by a demonic vision of Costa.
  • Hostage for MacGuffin: Costa plans to hold Zoe captive to force her mother to give him The Colossus of Nairobi.
  • It's Personal: Zoe's mother is partly intent on catching Costa because he killed her husband, a fellow cop, on his last heist.
  • Karma Houdini: Nico seems to escape judgement for stealing millions of dollars worth of jewelry.
  • MacGuffin: A giant statue called The Colossus of Nairobi.
  • Mama Bear: Jeanne.
  • Minions With An F In Evil: Costa's gang. The only one who's competent is Claudine.
  • The Mole: Claudine.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Costa vs. Zoe's mother in the finale.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Dino the cat, both to Zoe and Nico.
  • Noodle Incident: The heist that ended in Jeanne's husband, Zoe's father, and a fellow cop being murdered.
  • Not Listening to Me, Are You?: Zoe asks this after she catches Nico and Jeanne paying more attention to each other than her story.
  • Only One Name: Except for Costa, we don't know the full names of the cast.
  • Perma Stubble: Almost off the male characters shown have this.
  • Police Are Useless: The two guards at the beginning are effortlessly outsmarted by Nico and Dino.
  • The Precarious Ledge: Nico makes a career of walking along incredibly thin ledges. At some point, he even saves a potted plant from falling off a window sill without so much as a stumble.
  • Red Right Hand: Claudine's perfume functions roughly as this.
  • The Reveal: Claudine is working for Victor Costa.
  • Running Gag: Dino bothering Rufus, the small and very yappy dog.
  • Sanity Slippage: Costa suffers this when he imagines the Colossus statue arriving to save him.
  • Shown Their Work: In the English version, Jeanne correctly refers to Dino as a "tomcat" which means a male cat.
  • Sleepwalking: Nico almost runs into one when he's stealing another priceless piece of art.
  • Stop Drowning and Stand Up: One of Costa's henchman almost manages to drown in three feet of water — until his boss yanks him up by the collar.
  • Snow Means Love: At the end of the film, Paris is coated in a lovely layer of snow as Zoe, Jeanne, Dino, and Nico, presumably married to Jeanne, celebrate a merry Christmas.
  • Tap on the Head: Thoroughly averted. Costa has his head bashed against a steel crane a few times, and promptly begins laughing madly and hallucinating.
  • Teeth Flying: Downplayed. Dino only loses one tooth during his brawl with Costa.
  • Women Are Wiser: Costa explicitly states that Claudine is the only one he can depend on.

Alternative Title(s):

A Cat In Paris