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''A Cat in Paris'' (French: ''Une Vie de Chat'') is a 2010 traditionally animated film. It was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward 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 ClassyCatBurglar 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 [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} French]] it received an English dub with Creator/MarciaGayHarden as Jeanne, Creator/SteveBlum as Nico, Creator/JBBlanc as Costa and Creator/AnjelicaHuston as Claudine.
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!!Tropes

* AdultFear:
** Jeanne goes through a parent's worse nightmare when she [[spoiler: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 placed her daughter's life in the hands of a cold hearted criminal]].
** For Zoe, being unable to talk is quite a handicap when your mother isn't paying attention to her, a thief [[spoiler: saves her and is mistaken for her kidnapper while her actual nanny is her kidnapper and takes her to Costa's place while the thief is arrested]]. Small wonder that her first word in the film is [[spoiler: "MAMA!"]]
** [[spoiler:Having your husband cop killed and knowing the man who did it. And not only that, but also having your child know who murdered their father.]]
** Again for Zoe, seeing her mother [[spoiler: strangled, and it's the first time she speaks in her mother's presence]].
* BigBad: Victor Costa.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler:Claudine.]]
* CassandraTruth: [[spoiler: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 [[BitchInSheepsClothing nice lady façade]],) 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, as Jeanne points out]].
* CatchAFallingStar: [[spoiler: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.]]
* CharacterTitle: The work is about Dino, the "cat" in the title of the movie.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Claudine's rancid perfume allows Dino and Nico to find where she and Costa's gang are holding Zoe.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Jeanne's prowess in martial arts. It allows her to [[spoiler: fend off Costa when he tries choking her]].
* TheChewToy: Zoe's mother's partner.
-->''Lucas'': Ten years on the force and she's got me following cat pawprints.
* CityOfAdventure: Paris becomes this to Nico and Dino when they go out thieving.
* ClassyCatBurglar: Nico. Bonus points for having an actual cat for a sidekick!
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Costa. Despite his flabby physique, he's able to [[spoiler: perform acts of parkour and hunt down Nico effortlessly, something even the police couldn't do]].
* CurseCutShort: A security guard in the beginning when he spots Nico: "You sneaky son of a--"
* CuteMute: Zoe, though it's implied that it started with [[spoiler:the death of her father]]. She gets better.
* DamselInDistress: Though she's somewhat resourceful, Zoe is about as useful as an average young girl prowling on the rooftops and running from criminals.
* DamselOutOfDistress: Jeanne when [[spoiler: Costa tries to strangle her. She kicks his ''butt'']].
* DarkChick: [[spoiler:Claudine.]]
* DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler:Costa]] falls from a crane after he hallucinates that a giant is there to catch him... ItMakesSenseInContext.
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:He was a police officer that was killed by Costa.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:Dino, Nico, Jeanne, and Zoe are now a family.]]
* EasilyForgiven: Justified in that Nico, a cat burglar [[spoiler: saves Zoe twice, which persuades Jeanne off-screen to prevent him from going to jail]].
* EiffelTowerEffect: The {{Trope Namer|s}} is shown, and the climax of the film takes place on top of Notre Dame de Paris.
* EtTuBrute: Averted when Jeanne finds out that her cat is helping a burglar, but played straight when Zoe sees [[spoiler:Claudine passing information to Costa]].
* EvilBrit: Costa, in the English dub, has a wicked Cockney accent.
* EvilDetectingDog: Cat in this case. Dino knows who is a threat to Zoe and who is a friend.
* EvilSmellsBad: [[spoiler:Claudine wears some rancid perfume]].
* FairCop: Jeanne. If his pictures are any indication, [[spoiler:her late husband]] was one too.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:Claudine using a vacuum to get rid of Dino while she's cleaning is a huge hint that she's an accomplice of Costa.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The giant statue called The Colossus of Nairobi. If you look further south of the statue there's [[GagPenis something that might be mistaken for something it's not supposed to be]].
* GoodCopBadCop: Jeanne and her partner, Lucas, have shades of this.
* TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil: Jeanne, Nico, and Costa, respectively.
* GroinAttack: [[spoiler:How Jeanne escapes Costa's chokehold]].
* HeelFaceTurn: Nico wasn't a ''bad'' guy per se in the beginning, but he did rob houses and museums without any scruples, and his first question is why a group of men, a girl, and [[spoiler: a woman]] are in his house. When he sees Zoe is in trouble, however, and that Dino knows her, he switches his motivation to saving her from Costa.
* TheHeist: What Costa and his gang are planning.
* HeKnowsTooMuch: This is initially why Costa's gang try to kidnap Zoe, since she accidentally listened on their heist plan and [[spoiler: saw her nanny was TheMole]]. Later on the plan changes to IHaveYourWife.
* HeldGaze: [[spoiler:Nico and Jeanne do this after everything is over.]]
* HeroicBSOD: Both Zoe and her mother suffer from this to certain degrees. Zoe [[CuteMute refuses to speak]] and Jeanne is shown breaking into sobs at work after being tormented by a demonic vision of Costa.
* HostageForMacGuffin: Costa plans to hold Zoe captive to force her mother to give him The Colossus of Nairobi.
* ItsPersonal: Zoe's mother is partly intent on catching Costa because he [[spoiler:killed her husband, a fellow cop, on his last heist]].
* KarmaHoudini: Nico seems to escape judgement for stealing millions of dollars worth of jewelry, although with the TimeSkip it's possible that Jeanne vouched for him to receive a pardon or a commuted sentence, and return all that he stole.
** {{Justified}} for Dino since he's a cat.
** {{Averted}} for Costa's gang and [[spoiler:Claudine]] who are arrested and go to jail.
* LeParkour: Justified since this is Paris. Nico, Dino, [[spoiler: Jeanne and Costa]] demonstrate this.
* MacGuffin: A giant statue called The Colossus of Nairobi.
* MamaBear: Jeanne. Do not threaten her daughter in her presence.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Costa's gang. The only one who's competent is [[spoiler:Claudine]].
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Claudine.]]
* MoralityPet: Zoe becomes one for [[spoiler: Nico]] and Dino, though ironically Dino is her literal pet. They spend the second half of the movie protecting her.
* MotiveDecay: At first Costa wants the Colossus of Nairobi, but he starts losing his mind [[spoiler: while chasing down Zoe all night and wants ''her'' instead and to murder Jeanne]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:Costa vs. Zoe's mother in the finale, although Jeanne returns the favor.]]
* NonHumanSidekick: Dino the cat, both to Zoe and Nico.
* NoodleIncident: [[spoiler:The heist that ended in Jeanne's husband, Zoe's father, and a fellow cop being murdered.]]
* NotListeningToMeAreYou: [[spoiler:Zoe asks this after she catches Nico and Jeanne paying more attention to each other than her story.]]
* NotNowKiddo: When Jeanne arrests [[spoiler: Nico on charges of kidnapping, she ignores Zoe tugging on her shirt and desperately trying to tell her the truth.]]
* OhCrap:
** Zoe when [[spoiler: Claudine catches her in Nico's house and grabs her]].
** Jeanne when she realizes that [[spoiler: Nico was telling the truth after finding Zoe's bed empty and that she left her daughter in the hands of a real kidnapper]].
** Nico when he starts to fall [[spoiler: off Notre Dame]].
* OnlyOneName: Except for Costa, we don't know the full names of the cast.
* PermaStubble: Almost off the male characters shown have this.
* PoliceAreUseless: The two guards at the beginning are effortlessly outsmarted by Nico and Dino. Averted with the actual police, who track down Nico and Dino with old-fashioned detective work.
* ThePrecariousLedge: 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.
* RescueRomance: Rather, [[spoiler: rescue my child romance]]. After Nico shows that he's been protecting Zoe, [[spoiler: Jeanne saves him and they start a relationship at the end of the movie]].
* RedRightHand: [[spoiler:Claudine's perfume]] functions roughly as this.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Claudine is working for Victor Costa.]]
* RunningGag: Dino bothering Rufus, the small and very yappy dog.
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler:Costa suffers this when he imagines the Colossus statue arriving to save him.]]
* SaveTheVillain: Jeanne tries to do this for [[spoiler: Costa]] and Nico helps, but [[spoiler: Costa is too heavy]] and suffers SanitySlippage.
* SayMyName: Rather, say [[spoiler: "MAMA!"]] after Jeanne drives away and leaves Zoe in [[spoiler: treacherous Claudine's hands]].
* ShownTheirWork: 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.
* SnowMeansLove: At the end of the film, Paris is coated in a lovely layer of snow as Zoe, Jeanne, Dino, and [[spoiler: Nico, presumably married to Jeanne,]] celebrate a merry Christmas.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Most of Costa's minions drag Zoe around like this when not carrying her. Justified since she is a young girl and they are adults.
* StopDrowningAndStandUp: One of Costa's henchman almost manages to drown in three feet of water -- until his boss yanks him up by the collar.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Aside from [[spoiler:Claudine]], Costa's minions really aren't all that bright.
* TapOnTheHead: Thoroughly averted. Costa [[spoiler:has his head bashed against a steel crane a few times, and promptly begins laughing madly and hallucinating]].
* TeethFlying: {{Downplayed}}. [[spoiler:Nico only loses one tooth during his brawl with Costa.]]
* ThatPoorCat: Claudine scares away Dino with a vacuum cleaner, and Costa tosses Dino [[spoiler: twice in the climax, though the first time Dino shows him why you ''shouldn't'' do that to a cat]].
* WomenAreWiser: [[spoiler:Costa explicitly states that Claudine is the only one he can depend on.]]

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