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'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.
There are moments where the action drags, but ultimately, A Monster in Paris is worth seeing for the beautiful animation and songs alone.
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.
It's quaint, a little rustic but magical in its own way.
French monster movie encourages looking past the surface.
proves there is life beyond the Hollywood hit machine and the omnipresent House of Mouse
Lovely French animated period comedy offers a monster story with a charming difference... A flighty, enjoyable confection and very pretty to look at.
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.
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.
Above all it's just plain fun, and the songs are catchy, too.
Bibo Bergeron's charmingly animated but fiendishly plotted feature is up for an Oscar and just about deserves the compliment for originality, if not for its storyline.
Solidly staged and charmingly quirky, but be prepared for a few longueurs.
This is very sweet and beautifully animated, not sure why it was so under the radar...
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.
Loved this animation. Really recommend everyone to watch. Great movie to watch with your family.
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.
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