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Rudolf the Black Cat

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Tender animated cat friendship tale has sad, scary parts.

Movie NR 2016 89 minutes
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This is a charming film with big-hearted animal characters, gorgeous Japanese scenery, and a sweet story about true friendship. The lead characters are cats, each a different type, and there's plenty of feline fun in their adventures, from snatching fresh fish to outsmarting the dogs. Humans are portrayed as largely loving toward the animals, putting food out for strays and caring deeply for pets.

But it's the relationship between the lost kitten Rudolf and gruff street cat Gottalot that makes Rudolf the Black Cat such a tender tale. Gottalot starts as annoyed caretaker, morphs into mentor and teacher, and then transforms into dear friend, a lasting role that ultimately makes him as vulnerable as Rudolf. The computer animation and soundtrack perfectly complement the touching storyline, bringing both the setting and the characters to life. You can't help but root for these pets as if they were people.

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