A cat with a nefarious night job, a recluse whose life is altered by a robotic pet, a friendship between a mouse and a bear: Animals play some of the starring roles in the Festival of French Animated Film, screening Dec. 4-5 at Mountain View's Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Hosted by the Alliance Francaise Silicon Valley, the festival will celebrate some classics of the genre (among them 2010's crime-themed "A Cat in Paris" and 2013's Academy Award-winning animated short, "Mr. Hublot") as well as introducing audiences to some new faces of French cinema, including Eric Montchaud, director of 2014's "Anatole's Little Saucepan," which features a boy who's reluctant to part with his cooking pot.
The festival kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. with a welcome from the Alliance's director and from Mickael Coedel, lead animator at George Lucas' San Francisco-based motion picture company, Industrial Light and Magic. The event continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20. Go to goo.gl/qx1wlT or call 650-903-3000. For more about the Alliance, go to afscv.org.