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The Rabbi's Cat

Le chat du rabbin

Action/Adventure / Animation

Cristal Globe at the Annecy Film Festival 2011. Cesar Award 2012 for Best Animated Film and European Film Awards 2011.

the famous bestselling graphic novels

Directed by

Antoine Delesvaux

Joann Sfar


Autochenille Production

2010 / Original language: French / Color / 1.85 / Dolby SR - SRD / available in hd & 2k

Algiers, 1920s. Rabbi Sfar has more than one problem. His beautiful daughter is becoming a teenager and above all, his parrot-killing cat has just started talking!
The delivery of a box from Russia further complicates things when a painter is discovered inside, more dead than alive. He is on a quest for a hidden tribe and its mythical city in Africa. Convinced that the city exists, he sets off on an incredible adventure, taking with him the Rabbi, his cat, a wise old Arab Sheikh and an eccentric Russian millionaire.
Sfar’s style and vision carries a universal message of tolerance, in this highly original, beautifully crafted film, celebrating a joyful and multi-colorful return to hand-drawn 2D.


Cesar Awards (2012)
Best Animated Film

Annecy International Animation Film Festival (2011)
Cristal for Best Feature

European Film Awards (2011)

Taormina Film Festival (2011)
Special Jury Award

41st New Directors / New Films Festival (2012)
In Official Selection

Annie Awards (2013)
Nomination for Best Animated Feature Film


"This gorgeously animated affair showcases the artist’s freewheeling style and colorful arabesque imagery.
Clever and fresh!"
The Hollywood Reporter

"Colorful, witty and inspired"

"Subversive and funny"

"Brilliant humor"
"A universal message delivered with playfully malicious wit and fun."
Studio Cinelive

"You'll love it!"

"Lively, vibrant, colorful and poetic, this modern Orientalist tale in 3D animation will surely enchant... ages 7 to 77."
Le Figaro

"Beautiful and stylized"
"Brilliant dialogue!"

"You purr with pleasure during the entire projection.
A delightful tale that recreates the biting humor and visual enchantment of the graphic novel."
"Intelligent use of depth adds to the charm of an equally philosophical and aesthetic whole."
Rolling Stone

"This outrageous animated film draws us into a funny and humanist epic tale."

"Colorful, ebullient and impertinent, the adaptation of Joann Sfar’s comic book is a success."

"That “Cat” is hilarious."
Le Parisien

"Entertainment that entertains, educates and makes you think."
Les Inrockuptibles

“The Rabbi’s Cat” is a unique philosophical exercise that seduces with its wit as well as its vision."
Télé Ciné Obs

"A little wonder for kids age 7 to 77."
Le Point

"Joann Sfar gives us a philosophical tale on the theme of religion as funny as it is smart."
20 Minutes

"Joann Sfar signs an animated film as beautiful as it is intelligent."
La Tribune

"The animation is subtle and fluid and the voice cast is top of the line."

"A real success."
Science et Vie Junior

"An irresistible animated film."
Be Magazine

"Totally beautiful graphic design and a captivating soundtrack."
Télé 7 Jours

"A warm and colorful story that makes you feel good."
Télé Poche

"An extremely successful adaptation."
Télé Star

"We love the outrageous humor of that cat."
Journal du Dimanche

"It moves you. It makes you laugh. A delight."
Femme Actuelle

"Sweet, warmly altruist and generous in spirit."
Jeune Afrique

"A wonderful animated film, hilarious and poetic."
Marie France

"Visually magnificent."


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Neutral Spanish