French Cats and Spanish Bolero Make Up European Animation Noms

Cartoons "The Rabbi's Cat," "Chico & Rita" and "A Cat in Paris" nominated for 24th European Film Awards.

COLOGNE, Germany - Two French cats and a bolero-flavored Spanish toon are this year's European Film nominees for the Best Animated Feature. The Rabbi's Cat and A Cat in Paris, both French productions, will go up against Chico and Rita , from Oscar-winning Spanish director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque). All three are traditional, hand-drawn animation but are worlds apart in terms of aesthetic and narrative style.

The Rabbi's Cat, from Antoine Delesvaux and Joann Sfar, based on Sfar's comic book, is set in Algeria in the 1920s and focuses on the titular rabbi's cat, who swallows a parrot, learns to speak and tells his owner he wants to convert to Judaism. 1940s Havana, New York and Hollywood are the settings for Chico & Rita, which is a crossed-stars love story played out to the music of the traditional Latin ballad, the bolero. And A Cat in Paris is a mystery tale played out on the rooftops of modern-day Paris.

The 2,500 members of the European Film Academy will pick the Animated Feature winner, which will be announced at the 24th European Film Awards in Berlin Dec. 3.

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