A Monster in Paris


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 before word is out that a monstrous bug is haunting Paris. However, while mean-spirited politician Victor tries to snare some publicity by making people afraid of the bug before he catches it, Lucille, a pretty nightclub performer, makes a surprising discovery -- the big flea is not only gentle and friendly, he's a gifted guitar player, and decked out in a suit and a hat, he's soon impressing patrons as part of her act. Un Monstre a Paris (aka A Monster In Paris) was written and directed by Bibo Bergeron, returning to France after directing several successful features in the United States. The original French voice cast includes Gad Elmaleh, Sebastien Desjours, Ludivine Sagnier and Francois Cluzet, while the English language version features Adam Goldberg, Jay Harrington, Catherine O'Hara and Danny Huston; Vanessa Paradis voices Lucille in both versions. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for A Monster in Paris

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (2)

The film has something of Hugo's Hunchback of Notre Dame, and indeed King Kong, but has an eccentric style of its own: a decent children's film.

Jan 26, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

'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.

Jan 24, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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There are moments where the action drags, but ultimately, A Monster in Paris is worth seeing for the beautiful animation and songs alone.

Aug 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is almost more for adults than children, who may not appreciate the richly coloured animation, the lovely period-style music or the gentle storyline that relies on warm humour rather than out-and-out laughs.

Nov 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's quaint, a little rustic but magical in its own way.

Sep 28, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

French monster movie encourages looking past the surface.

Apr 26, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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
Julie B

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I think I liked this movie far more than the rating implies. It's a movie that wear its influences on its sleeve, from the silent film influences to old monster movies. I think the movie pays fitting tribute to the movies that influenced it, while still creating its own entertaining little story. I do think the movie does have some inconsistencies as far as its comedy goes but I think it is a heartfelt and sweet film. I think there's also some problems with the presentation of some of the characters. I think the movie could've spent a little more time developing its characters rather than just thrusting them right into the 'story' right from the start. But still, that's a minor complaint, because I do think the movie overcomes that because it is so lively and it has an entertaining tone. And, much unlike The Hole, this film can also be entertaining to adults and not just the kids, especially the film buffs that are into silent and old monster films. Of course the animation isn't outstanding, it doesn't have that polish that most people are used to, but I still think it's very good given the budget. Especially the animation for the musical performances, the dancing and whatnot, does look excellent. The voice acting is more than solid, if not particularly outstanding. So yes, I really liked this movie a lot. It doesn't get a better rating because it does lack a little extra something, but it's a 'very good' good movie. This is a fun family film.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

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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
Luke Baldock

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