After his owner relocates, the cat Francis in involved in a series of cat murders in the new neighborhood. Francis tries to solve the murder cases with others – including Claudandus, a very knowledgable and old cat.
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Great plot that revolves around a murder mistery that its actually very detailed and interesting. Violent, haunting nightmare sequences, great animation and a really mature and dark themed animated film. Not only great as an animated movie, but as a thriller in general as well. Do you still think that animation is just for kids? Think again after watching Francis solving this gruesome case. Check it out, great film.
It's a fresh movie. This simple adult detective story with this animation in the world of cats, is absolutely refreshing. SPOILER Is it me, or the main drive of the antagonist is an echo to world war two master race ?
I read some comments on a thread linked to the film saying, "Not so much for kids, there are few scenes that might seem bit upsetting for some parents. But in my opinion, it is nothing really to worry about." -- What?! There's a dream sequence of dead kitties being jiggled like puppets on strings with their innards hanging-out! I'm glad I saw when I was old enough not to have nightmares about eviscerated cats.
A nice subversion of the Disney anthropomorphic talking animal formula. More unnerving than even the more harrowing moments in 'Watership Down', because the cats are given more outright human characteristics than the rabbits in that other film. There are some moments in this one that will stay with you.
Disturbing imagery echos the likes of "Watership Down" and "Plague Dogs". But this one is not nearly as devastating as those films. It functions as a murder mystery mashed together with occultism and science. It sounds a lot more interesting than it really is. Unique and bold approach is overshadowed with the plot that becomes more and more tedious as it develops. So it's equally worthy of respect and indifference.
A sexually violent spree killer leaves their victims on display with their heads decapitated, their innards unraveled, their blood splattered. A dark cult honors a deceased prophet, their motives unclear. A secret, underground mass grave only complicates the matter. There is only one fearless soul who traverses this hellscape to get to the answer. Oh, also they're all animated cats. Bizarrely entertaining.