This week in LA: “Redline” and “A Cat In Paris”

Two animated features opened quietly in Los Angeles this weekend. Both are well worth seeing in a theater and deserve our support. Both are hand drawn films – one from France, one from Japan – both offering a diversity of style, storytelling and substance not seen in the standard American studio product.

A Cat In Paris opened its Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles this weekend at the AMC Burbank Town Center 8 (201 E Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA), with shows daily at 4pm and 7:30pm. The film made its international premiere at 2011 Berlinale and has been nominated for a European Film Award in the Best Animated Feature category. It has garnered raves on the US and international festival circuit including appearances at San Francisco Int’l Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, London International Film Festival, and Annecy International Animated Film Festival.


Redline opened in limited release in Los Angeles this weekend at the Downtown Independent (The film opens in NYC on January 6th before hitting blu-ray & dvd on January 17). The screenings will alternate between dubbed English and original Japanese (with sub-titles). It’s one of the best anime features I’ve seen in a while – wildly imaginative and occasionally surreal – Speed Racer on acid would sum it up quite nicely. Advance tickets can be purchased here.


  • http://saturnome.blogspot.com/ Saturnome

    That trailer for Redline is a bit broken I think. This link is better : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9fhQVMzlC0&feature=related

    I want to see both!

    • Steve Ryder

      I love that trailer! REREREREREREREREDDDDLIIIIIINE!
      The Madhouse crew is insanely talented. It’s good to know that there are studios out there that bring an edge to the animation table.

  • beamish13

    Are they in 35mm? I’ll definitely go if they are. If not, I’ll pick up the blu-rays.

  • Brian Kidd

    REDLINE is a fantastically-designed and exciting piece of work. Even if you’re not typically a fan of Anime, it is well worth seeking out. I hate even saying “not a fan of Anime” as that’s as much a generalization as saying, “I don’t like colors”. There are as many styles of Anime as there are types of live-action films. In any case, the film is very “western-friendly”. See it on as large a screen with as good a sound system as possible. It is eye-candy of the best kind.

  • http://www.catinparis.com Eric at GKIDS

    @Beamish: Yes, Cat in Paris is 35mm

  • Mike

    Haha, You can see Kim Ki Duk’s influence in France is very strong.

    This may be off topic but for some reason, after seeing the two trailers, I keep thinking about what peter chung said.

    The fact that 2d animation is so heavily dependent on the act of drawing.. most of the attention is given to the image and not filmaking.

    Sure I can enjoy beautifully drawn 2d, like the style of Cat in Paris and the cool angular cloud animation in Redline. And that may be enough for regular moviegoers.

    But for filmakers at least, I think the most dynamic and exciting place is what the filmakers do with the medium of film. Maybe thats just me.

    • Upstanding Citizen

      Redline is a film that could not exist in any other medium, takes full advantage of the medium it utilizes, and does it a manner that’s distinctive, highly entertaining, and perfectly executed.

      If that’s not using the expressive properties of animation, I don’t know what is.

  • http://dana-draws.blogspot.com Dana T

    A Cat in Paris looks so good. Wish I was in LA right now ]:

  • http://www.jinhienlau.com jinnaboy

    I…..I’m shedding tears of appreciation while eating a slice of humble pie seeing all these love for Redline on the brew. i just can’t wait for the one HOHO ANIME IS SO LAZY comment to pop up but till then… *sniff*

  • ace

    I think Redline looks more like Wacky Racers on crack cocaine….

  • http://Www.cartoonsaloon.ie Tomm

    A cat in Paris is pure class

  • http://www.olivier-vuil.com Olivier Vuil

    Redline is unique, there are no other movies like this.

    If you haven’t seen Redline yet, go for it. I didn’t have the chance to see it in theater in my country but I would pay for it, even if I already watched it numerous times :

    • GW

      Dead Leaves and Tailenders.

      • http://www.olivier-vuil.com Olivier Vuil

        Yes and no at the same time for Dead Leaves : it’s crazy, full of action and has this “black-tint for shadows” (I don’t know the English terminology, sorry) but it’s REALLY crazy, while Redline tends to be more realistic in design, animation and situations, plus the romance story.

        I haven’t seen Tailenders yet so I can’t say anything about it, except it looks really inspired by Redline.

        Btw, Redline features the two main characters from Trava Fist Planet (Trava & Shinkai) which is made by Koike, too. The visual style is very familiar, too.

  • http://agoynamedjew.blogspot.com Anson J

    I love the look of A Cat in Paris. It just shows that there are so many different looks you can achieve in animation, but they just haven’t even begun to be explored in American films. Almost everything done here is just a minor variation on the classic Disney style.

  • Eric Graf

    You missed one. Alois Nebel is playing in Encino right now. 35MM. Very noir. Very artsy. Very slow-paced. Very difficult to follow. Read up on the characters and some of the historical background before going, or you’ll be as lost as I was.

    I saw Redline at the Los Angeles Animation Festival, and can vouch for it 120%. It is FANTASTIC. Visually striking, meticulously and fully animated, totally nuts, and well worth seeing even if you’re one of those people who usually hate Anime.

    I liked A Cat in Paris, but it’s fairly standard kid-and-cat-vs.-bad-guys stuff. If the trailer didn’t do it for you, then the movie won’t either. Go see Redline or Arthur Christmas instead.

  • Grace

    I wished I checked the site earlier. I’ve been wanting to watch A Cat in Paris for a while and I didn’t know there was going to be a special screening in Burbank. Is there any chance they might have it in theaters again?

    • Eric Graf

      You haven’t missed it yet. It’s not a “special screening” but an award qualification run. It plays through Thursday at the AMC inside Burbank Town Center. Check showtimes before you go, because there are only a couple per day.

  • andreas Wessel-Therhorn

    story and design was nice on cat in paris. character animation is rather limted

  • http://www.animationinsider.net/ Aaron B.

    It’s about time… REDLINE has been “scheduled” for release stateside for a year and a half.

  • Doug

    Is CAT English dubbed? And any ideas about age appropriateness?

    • Chris Webb

      It is not English dubbed. It is in french with subtitles.

      I don’t have kids, but I would say it is appropriate for anyone 8 and up.

      The only off color word is “cat piss” which is used once.

      It’s about a girl and her widowed mother. The girl’s cat leaves the house at night and has adventures which include accompanying a “cat burgler.” When a big exhibit comes to a museum in town, both the burgler and a local gangster decide to steal from it. Since the girl’s mother is also a police detective, everyone’s paths cross.

      It’s not as dramatic as Pocahontas or Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. The bad guys are funny, in sort of the same spirit as Lilo and Stitch. So it would be fine for most kids.

      I enjoyed it. Nice designs, and a it has a great color palette.

  • http://wingingitstudios.deviantart.com/ Alissa

    Redline looks awesome. Funny how I just finished playing Solatorobo (excellent Ds game by the way) Whose opening movies were also animated by Madhouse.

    I simply must pick this up on dvd, as there’s no chance I’ll get to see it in theaters. *pouts*