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Common Sense Media's Feel-Good DVD Gift Guide

'A Cat in Paris'

Age: 9+

Why Buy? This Oscar-nominated French film is grittier than most U.S. kiddie fare, with a story that mixes action, revenge, and more. But the lovely hand-drawn animation and sophisticated tone will appeal to tweens and teens who want something different.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that "A Cat in Paris" is a French animated drama that was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 and was subsequently dubbed in English. With its cops vs. robbers plot and several gripping action sequences -- not to mention a story that touches on grief, loneliness, moral ambiguity, betrayal, and revenge -- it's not ideal for preschoolers used to lighter cartoon fare. The violence includes gunfire, hallucinations, a man plunging to his death, and a woman who betrays a little girl's trust and then places her in harm's way. Some children will also be disturbed by the fact that Dino (the titular cat) routinely hunts and kills lizards. With a couple of exceptions, the characters are all flawed, and since the story is set in Paris, adults smoke and drink wine and Champagne. —Common Sense Media (Photo: New Video Group)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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