A Monster in Paris (2011)




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An oversized bug is caught up in a most unexpected adventure in this animated comedy. It's 1910, and Raoul is a Parisian delivery man by day and scientist by night who is determined to brainstorm an important new invention. With the help of his friend Emile, a cinema projectionist with women on the brain, Raoul attempts an experiment in a greenhouse that has an unexpected side effect -- a tiny flea has suddenly expanded until it's seven feet tall. The enormous flea gets loose and it's not long … More

Rating: PG (for some action violence involving gunplay, and mild rude humor)
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Bibo Bergeron, Stéphane Kazandjian
On DVD: Apr 16, 2013
Europa Corporation


as Francoeur

as Madame Carlotta

as Maynott
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Critic Reviews for A Monster in Paris

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (1)

'A Monster in Paris' borrows some of its tics from silent cinema, but it also reaches out to films such as 'Frankenstein', 'Phantom of the Opera', 'The Fly' and 'King Kong' for inspiration.

Full Review… | January 24, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

French monster movie encourages looking past the surface.

Full Review… | April 26, 2013
Common Sense Media

proves there is life beyond the Hollywood hit machine and the omnipresent House of Mouse

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Film Racket

Lovely French animated period comedy offers a monster story with a charming difference... A flighty, enjoyable confection and very pretty to look at.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012

A heady, intoxicating blend of the romantic majesty and rich culture of the City of Lights and the legacy provided by a century of great animation from both sides of the Atlantic courses through this beautiful film's DNA.

Full Review… | August 19, 2012

From its curiously light opening to its emotive climax, the best thing about this animation is that it gets better and better as you grow into its own little world.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
Birmingham Mail

Audience Reviews for A Monster in Paris

This is very sweet and beautifully animated, not sure why it was so under the radar...

Julie B

Super Reviewer


Loved this animation. Really recommend everyone to watch. Great movie to watch with your family.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

There's always something fun about watching an animation that doesn't come from a big studio. A Monster in Paris is a charming little CGI animation that mixes the traditional Disney fairytale formula with romantic French gothic literature such as Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Dame. Two bungling friends make a delivery to a scientist who is out of town, his ape butler invites them in and they start messing with his formulas. They accidentally create a large Flea monster that escapes into the night. As people begin to fear the monster, a young singer discovers he is gentle and has an exquisite singing voice. But the police commissioner is already on the trail, hoping the slaying of he monster will bring him fame and fortune. The animation is wonderful, if sometimes a little stiff, and the character designs are very enjoyable. I was also very impressed with how the film mixes bright colourful daytime scenes, and then hints at darker horror with fog filled nights. The relationships between characters are built up nicely, and there is more going on than in your usual animated family film. Towards the end it shrugs off the darker tones for more family friendly slapstick, and exciting action adventure chases. This is where it kind of betrays those tragic love stories, but I understand this is for kids.The songs range in styles and quality. It was fun to hear the voice of Sean Lennon as the monstrous flea. He has a very distinctive style, far removed from his late father's. It's one of those films where all involved should be proud, but may wish to take some greater risks in the future.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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