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'A Cat in Paris' Aims for Families with New English Language Cast: Harden, Huston, Modine, Blum

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 15, 2012 at 11:53AM

Some of the best animation in the world comes from overseas, but that doesn't mean mainstream family audiences flock to see it. Disney/Pixar John Lasseter has been trying to build an audience beyond the art house for years for the great Hayao Miyazaki, nominated for two Oscars and winner for "Spirited Away."
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A Cat in Paris

Some of the best animation in the world comes from overseas, but that doesn't mean mainstream family audiences flock to see it. Disney/Pixar John Lasseter has been trying to build an audience beyond the art house for years for the great Hayao Miyazaki, nominated for two Oscars and winner for "Spirited Away."

So GKIDS is releasing a new English-language version of last year's French cat burglar caper "A Cat in Paris," starring Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston, Matthew Modine and Steve Blum. The stlyish Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol family film was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2012, along with GKIDS' jazzy "Chigo & Rita"; their Celtic fable "Secret of Kells" was nominated in 2010. "A Cat in Paris" hits theaters on June 1. 

The French trailer is below.

This article is related to: Animation, News, CASTING WATCH


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.