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A Monster In Paris (Blu-Ray + 3-D Blu-Ray + DVD)

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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 presented in stunning 3D for a spectacularly fun experience for the whole family.

The CGI/3-D animated film A Monster in Paris is a charming but slight musical comedy-adventure from France enlivened by an offbeat premise, some lovely songs, and an impressive visual style. A critical hit, if not a box-office champion in its native country, the film, directed by veteran animator Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale), has been redubbed for English-speaking audiences by a capable cast of American actors, though the speaking and singing voice of Vanessa Paradis has been ported over from the original French version. Set in a romanticized Paris circa 1910, Monster follows a pair of hapless heroes (voiced by Jay Harrington and Adam Goldberg) who accidentally transform a common house flea into a 7-foot-tall, anthropoid being with a marvelous singing voice (provided by Sean Lennon in the English dub). With the help of cabaret singer Lucille (Paradis), the creature develops a following as a nightclub performer (!) while avoiding the machinations of the local police commissioner (Danny Huston).

The unusual subject matter, combined with a slower pace and less technically extravagant animation than most stateside animated efforts, might be a stumbling block for younger viewers (though the concluding chase, which culminates at the top of the Eiffel Tower, injects an agreeable amount of thrills). But Monster is also less frantic and in-your-face than its American cousins, which may come as a great relief to some parents; they will likely also appreciate the gentler tone, wistful musical numbers (penned by French singer/songwriter Matthieu Chedid, a.k.a. –M-, who also provided the monster's singing voice in the original Gallic version), and amusing turns by Goldberg and Harrington. The 3-D presentation on the Blu-ray is also decidedly mellow, focusing more on depth of field than things bursting from the screen. Unfortunately, extras are limited to an English-language trailer. --Paul Gaita

Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Balaban, Paul Bandey, Jodie Forrest, David Gasman, Adam Goldberg
  • Directors: Bibo Bergeron
  • Format: Anamorphic, Animated, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, 3D, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,619 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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180 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Tora Newton Y. on 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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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kenya Starflight on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Subject7 on 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andre Villemaire on 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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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Susan B. Shoup on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Vincent on April 28, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
My wife knows that I am a sucker for musicals, or at least that is what she sees based on the fact that I still pop in Aladdin or The Little Mermaid from time to time. Anyway, I had never heard of this movie and she only found it by chance and decided to surprise me with it.

The American release is through Shout Factory, not one of the big studios but the case is exactly what you expect from a 3D Blu-ray complete with slip case. Inside they even went the extra step in that the cover has an image printed on the reverse side which is visible through the case itself when opened. It's a little touch but I like it. Inside is the DVD copy, the Blu-Ray 3D, and the unlock code to get a digital download.

As for the content itself, the animation is smooth. Inevitably I end up comparing to a Pixar film and compared to modern Pixar the details are lacking slightly, the characters are simple especially the faces. These are not bad things, in effect just a different art style as the animation is also very smooth and entertaining. The film looks good and looks even better in 3D. The 3D in this film never wowed me, there were a few scenes where character point of view was used in order to give the rollercoster effect but they were few and far between. Overall though it was a nice background effect.

Characters save the villain were interesting to me. Other characters had depth, complex motivations, but the villain didn't fit as he was too single minded. I especially liked the titular monster, it's look and character made me wish they had spent more time on it's interactions.

As for the musical aspect of this film that made my wife pick it up for me.
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