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A Monster In Paris (2011)

Adam Goldberg , Vanessa Paradis , Bibo Bergeron  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adam Goldberg, Vanessa Paradis, Bob Balaban
  • Directors: Bibo Bergeron
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AWHDFLW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,817 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This international animated CGI musical proves you don’t need Disney to deliver funny, colorful pop cartoons. --MOVIEFONE, April 2013

It’s not hard to imagine John Lennon really digging the animated musical movie A Monster in Paris, and not just because the famous Beatle’s son Sean Lennon voices a 7-foot singing flea in the film. --USA TODAY, April 2013

Product Description

Paris, 1910. Panic sweeps the city as floodwaters rise and a monster is on the loose!


Meanwhile a wacky inventor, his camera-crazy best friend, and a madcap monkey are on a mission to protect the beast, Franc, as he holds a rare and special talent. With the help of the beautiful but feisty singer Lucille, the team harbors the monster to keep him from the ghastly wannabe Mayor, Commissioner Maynott, who has a plan to capture Franc and reveal him to be nothing more than a monstrous danger to the people of Paris.


From Bibo Bergeron, the director of Shark Tale, and starring Adam Goldberg, Jay Harrington, Bob Balaban, Sean Lennon, Vanessa Paradis, Danny Huston and Catherine O’Hara, A Monster In Paris is spectacular fun for the whole family.

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116 of 124 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars -M- FANS BEWARE: NO FRENCH LANGUAGE TRACK April 16, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
A Monster In Paris (Un Monstre à Paris) is a 2011 French animated film by former DreamWorks animator Bibo Bergeron (director of Road to El Dorado, and more embarrassingly, SharkTale). Yes, that's right, 2011. The film first released theatrically in France in October 2011, and then in the United Kingdom with the English dub in January 2012.
In April of 2013, OVER 16 MONTHS LATER, the United States is just now receiving an official release.

Which is utterly baffling, considering that even before the film's French release, A Monster In Paris went viral and gathered a cult following on the internet, with a large percentage of these fans American (myself included), due to the film's beautiful animation and music.
The music in this film is by Matthieu Chedid, better known by his stage name -M-. I became a fan of -M- and his music through A Monster In Paris. I now own three of -M-'s albums, having imported the CDs from France.

So you can imagine my disappointment when after over a year of waiting, I finally receive my official American release of A Monster In Paris on Blu-Ray/DVD, only to discover the original French language track is not included.
While I have nothing against the English dub, in fact the English versions of the songs are quite well done, the English songs swap out -M- for Sean Lennon.
Again, nothing against Sean Lennon, he does a fine job with performing the songs in English, but having become a fan of -M-'s music through this film I want to watch the version with -M- performing.

I ideally hoped to be able to watch this film in its original French with English subtitles, which I expect is how many others will want to view the film as well.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An adorable animated movie with stunning music January 23, 2013
Format:DVD
When I first saw clips of this movie on YouTube, including the by-now-famous song "La Siene," I was so impressed that I immediately began scouring the Internet for a US release date for the movie. When I learned there were no plans for a US release, I was rather disappointed, but I wouldn't let that deter me from seeing this movie. In the end, I splurged and purchased two copies of the DVD (one for myself, one for our local library) from Amazon's Canadian store.

Now seeing that there's an upcoming US DVD release, I'm kicking myself for not being more patient, but I don't regret having purchased this. It's a beautiful movie, and while maybe not quite Pixar quality it's adorable and charming in its own right.

"A Monster In Paris" takes place in 1910 Paris, during the flooding of the Siene river, and focuses on a short, shy theater worker named Emile and his eccentric, bombastic friend Raoul, a delivery man who fancies himself an inventor. While dropping off a package at a scientist's home, the two break into his laboratory and accidentally create the titular monster -- a seven-foot-tall, anthromorphic flea who can only communicate via singing. Said "monster" is taken in by Lucille, a nightclub singer who names him Francoer and disguises him as a musician, and soon it falls on her, Emile, and Raoul to protect him from a ruthless comissioner who will stop at nothing to rid Paris of the creature.

While the animation of "A Monster In Paris" isn't quite Pixar quality, I would put it on par with a Dreamworks movie, and it's certainly a cut above the animation of "Ice Age" and "Despicable Me." The scenery shots of early 20th century Paris are gorgeous, and I never once saw a lapse in animation quality that was significant enough to jar me out of the story.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the music. December 28, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am a French teacher and I can't wait to use this movie as a culmination of our study of Paris (I teach younger children). Vanessa Paradis has an angelic quality to her singing that fits this role perfectly. I appreciate the innocent storyline, there are no adult references or innuendo as there are in so many Disney movies.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animated and beautifull music....what else do you want January 31, 2013
Format:DVD
The story is good, the animation is good but the Music will melt your heart.
This little movie will make the big studios very jealous. Who knew that the story about a giant singing , guitar playing FLEA would be good. Its not perfect, but by the end of the movie you will be satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ♥♥♥Lucille♥♥♥ January 23, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Why don't more people know about this movie?!? I didn't know what to expect when I first heard about it. A movie about a singing giant flea in Paris? Not exactly a crowd bringer that's for sure. But if Pixar has thought me anything, it's to not underestimate a seemingly ridiculous concept. Plus I love animation and fell in love with the design of the female lead ♥Lucille♥, so I gave it a shot.

The movie is fun to watch and an absolute joy to listen to. The music is phenomenal, mixing both the english and french languages. The animation is on par with anything from Dreamworks or Pixar and the characters, specifically ♥Lucille♥ and Francoeur (the flea) are cute and at times mesmerizing.

If you're hunting for a new animated movie that's very easy on the eyes (and ears), give this one a go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Overlooked Pearl June 5, 2013
Format:DVD
When buying videos for your children, it is wise to be cautious,...

if only because you may end up having to watch anything you buy for them over and Over and OVER! ("The horror! The horror!") Movies you've all seen and enjoyed before are easiest.

Movies you have never seen before, cannot recall being shown (or shown very long) in theaters, and (especially) have NEVER HEARD OF before should sound alarm bells. Such was the initial case for A Monster in Paris with me, but a local retailer was recently playing it on all the TVs in their TV department, and I stopped to watch a bit...

and found myself utterly surprised and enchanted into buying it. In retrospect this film SHOULD have had an extensive US theatrical release because I believe it would have done very well.

In a 1910 Paris experiencing record flooding (even the Eiffel Tower is approachable only by boat) four friends/acquaintances/potential future lovers are about to experience an extraordinary adventure. Emile Petit, a movie theater projectionist, is too shy to confess his feelings for Maud, the ticket taker, despite the encouragement of Raoul, his friend who is in the delivery business. Raoul imagines himself quite the lady's man (he isn't) and a brilliant inventor as well, largely based upon his home built delivery van Catherine, which is chock full of remote controlled features.

One night while making a delivery to the Botanical Gardens accompanied by Emile, to an out of town Professor who has trained a remarkably intelligent (unrealistically, he communicates with written cards in a running gag reminiscent of the only funny bit in the otherwise awful
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Non spanish idiom
Non spanish idiom, no where says that, i couldn't watch it with my daughter. The sound is diferent, not normal, it's like some kind of eco.
Published 1 day ago by Andrés
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE
LOVE this movie! I first watched it in my French class and I loved it so
Much that I had to buy it! LOVE THIS MOVIE
Published 2 days ago by Emma May
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Download expires 4/16/2014
The digital download slip that came with the disks expires 16 April 2014. My android copy is great. There were 2 disks, not three - a 3D/2D combined and a DVD. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Keith R
3.0 out of 5 stars dvd skipping and freezing in less than a month
Awesome movie, but in less than a month the dvd is freezing in sections and skipping in others, which is drag.
Published 16 days ago by Maya Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster in Paris
This movie is very very enjoyable. The amount of details put into the buildings within the city of Paris and the reactions of the characters in the movie are extremely well done. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Winsome Tenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise!
We originally picked up this movie from red box for our kids as they had seen every other well known movie. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Janelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Flick
Both the kids and us really liked the movie. I know they watched it MANY times. Great music and animation. Wayne
Published 23 days ago by Wayne Ilger
5.0 out of 5 stars un grande monstier
I watched this film on an obscure movie channel one morning, home sick from work,
and ended up discovering a little gem. Read more
Published 24 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flick
This is a wonderful movie with wonderful music. Its a shame that the advertising for it was so weak. This could have done very well.
Published 1 month ago by G. Stapleton
5.0 out of 5 stars adorable monster movie!
Thie music for this is really nice and the you fall in love with the "monster".The 3D was fun to watch too! a good movie for kids and those that love good animation.
Published 1 month ago by J. Deitrick
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