“The Rabbi’s Cat” opening on the West Coast

The Annie Award nominated The Rabbi’s Cat is getting its “real” LA, SF and San Diego theatrical release this month. I urge you all to see it (especially in 3D). It’s a beautiful adaptation of an acclaimed graphic novel by Joann Sfar.

The film will will be playing at multiple theaters, with one 3D option for the die-hards, starting January 18th. In San Francisco it will be at the Landmark Embarcadero and the Smith Rafael Film Center. In San Diego the film will play at the Landmark Hillcrest. In Los Angeles The Rabbi’s Cat opens at the Downtown Independent (in 3D), the Laemmle Music Hall (on Wilshire), Laemmle Playhouse in Pasadena and Laemmle’s Town Center in Encino.

The Rabbi’s Cat tells the story of a rabbi and his talking cat – “a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor and a less than pure love for the rabbi’s voluptuous teenage daughter. Set in Algeria in the 1930s, an intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture.” Co-Director Joann Sfar is an award winning filmmaker and one of France’s most celebrated comic artists.


  • FrenchGuy

    I was wondering why you encourage to see the movie in 3D when it was a 2d made movie, and then post converted to 3d (which created a year delay in the release and some production issues as far as I know). It’s a great movie by the way, but the 3d it’s not a great feature in that one. You must consider to not wear goggles and watch the nice colors and ambiances of the movie instead :)
    The movie is funny, very meaningful, so I hope North America will enjoy it ! Cheers.

    • http://www.cartoonbrew.com/author/jerry Jerry Beck

      I urged seeing it in 3D because I saw it that way and thought the 3D version was excellent. It may be a conversion, but it was very well done – and I love the “Viewmaster effect” that hand drawn animation achieves in that format. It’s cool.

      • Matthew Koh

        “Viewmaster effect”? I thought it was “looking through a multiplane camera”.

      • SKent.

        as much as 3d is a bit of a gimmick, there are times when I love it.

        If they can add volume and depth, and get beyond the flat card effect, I’ll be thrilled.

        I feel there’s something more creative about bringing a drawing into stereo, than converting flat live-action.

      • Eric Graf

        I must disagree – strenuously – with Jerry regarding the 3D. In this movie it’s a huge distraction. It adds nothing but an artificial layering effect, it’s riddled with mistakes, and worst of all, it constantly clashes with the subtitles.

        Of course I was never all that impressed with the hand-drawn Viewmaster slides either ….

  • Richard Gadd

    Really hope this gets some sort of release in Blighty

  • Arran

    I’m really hoping to see this in the cinema in the UK, or have I missed that already?

  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    Don’t miss this.
    It’s a riot!

  • Nic

    This looks unexpectedly hilarious. Hopefully it makes rounds in areas other than the coasts.

  • M.R. Horhager

    Had the chance to see this at a festival in Toronto. The designs were beautiful and the story was very entertaining! If you have the chance to check it out, do so. We gotta support indie animated features. The more we do, the more successful they are, the more they’ll make…

  • http://oneeyedrobot.com Yoram Benz

    Love this movie! I wish there were films like this coming out of the US instead of the usual suspects. I especially loved the soundtrack and that last song at the credits performed by Enrico Macias!

  • http://www.animatorisland.com JK Riki

    I’m willing to drive hours and hours for a new 2D animation in theaters, but even I have to have my limits and “across the entire country” is one of them. Come on, why is this ONLY in CA? How silly, at least spread the theaters out across the country! How about one in CA, one in NY, and one smack dab in the center of the nation? Then those of us willing to be insane and drive 10 hours (I would) CAN.

    • Anne

      I saw it in D.C. last night, through a showing at the Alliance Francaise, and I loved it!

  • http://mattjonezanimation.blogspot.com/ Matt Jones

    Go see it America! Check out Sfar’s previous film too- live action piece on the colourful life of French crooner Serge Gainsbourg. It has an animated intro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYc9Vydw4K0

  • http://www.rubberhousestudio.com Ivan Dixon

    Been wanting to see this for a long time. The trailer is hilarious! Hoping it gets a release in Australia.

  • http://milesthompsonportfolio.blogspot.com/ Miles Thompson

    That looks incredible Jerry, I will try to catch it !

  • Hal

    This is astounding, it looks like Moebius crossed with Herge come to life by way of Umberto Eco. Thank God I’m in Los Angeles…

  • JM WALTER

    I don´t want to live in a world where this film doesn´t get nom for an Oscar!.

  • Tom T.

    Darn it, I’m *this* close to finishing my own version of the English subtitles!

  • dan

    The characters design is pretty racist..
    Some Jews drawn with a giant nose.

    • Kelly Toon

      Some Jews have large noses. it’s called caricature.

    • Noiryaguara

      Joann Sfar explores very seriously his jewish heritage, you should read the Rabbi´s Cat and Klezmer.

  • Lorikeet

    Just got back from seeing this in San Francisco. As it was a midday showing on a weekday, the audience was pretty much just me and a few retired folks. That being said, I thought the movie was really good; if it had been up to me, this movie would have been nominated for Best Animated Feature. The dialogue was funny, the visual style was quite refreshing, and the music was awesome throughout. It did have one of those “wait, that’s all?” kind of endings, but I can forgive that. Now I’ll see if I can track down the original books. =)

  • Noiryaguara

    I really want to see it, the comic is one of my favorites.