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Not suitable under 9; parental guidance to 12 (violence, scary scenes, themes)
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|Children under 9||Not suitable due to themes, scary scenes and violence.|
|Children aged 9–12||Parental guidance recommended due to themes, scary scenes and violence.|
|Children over the age of 12||Ok for this age group.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||A Cat in Paris|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild Themes and Violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
A Cat in Paris (English version) is a short movie from French animation studio Folimage. It tells the story of a big old tom cat living a double life in Paris. By day he is Dino, the loyal pet of a little girl called Zoe (voice of Lauren Weintraub) but by night he is Mr. Cat - slinking off to join local cat burglar and art thief, the suave and acrobatic Nico (voice of Steve Blum). Zoe lives with her mother (voice of Marcia Gay Harden), a busy police officer, and their nanny Claudine (voice of Anjelica Huston). Zoe is having a hard time dealing with grief over losing her father. He was also a police officer and was tragically murdered by notorious gangster, Victor Costa (voice of JB Blanc). Zoe hasn’t spoken a word since her father died. Her mother wants to connect with Zoe but is also caught up in her own grief and has become obsessed with tracking down her husband’s killer and putting Costa behind bars. One day Zoe decides to find out exactly where Dino goes every night and follows him across the rooftops. The evening takes a dangerous turn for the worse when she accidently falls upon Victor Costa and his gang– they recognise her and capture her, thinking she’ll make a good hostage. Thankfully, cat burglar Nico and Zoe’s loyal cat Dino come to her rescue, helping her outrun the gangsters. Things become even more dangerous and thrilling when Nico is arrested for theft and Zoe falls once again into the clutches of the villains. Nico and Dino must do their best to save Zoe and bring Victor Costa to justice.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Death of a parent; Organised Crime; Grief; Kidnapping; Art; Animation; Paris; Pets.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Nothing further of concern.
There are some mild sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
A Cat in Paris is a Hitchcock-esque crime caper that gives us a stylised and atmospheric slice of Paris put together with a jazzy music score and some beautiful hand drawn animation. The film has a dark undercurrent and some dangerous moments, so this is not for children under 9 and older children would benefit from parental guidance. A great film for children with an interest in animation, art or design.
The main messages from this movie are that people are not always as they seem, and that grief can be overcome.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
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