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A Monster In Paris (Blu-Ray + 3-D Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy) (2011)

Bob Balaban , Paul Bandey , Bibo Bergeron  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bob Balaban, Paul Bandey, Jodie Forrest, David Gasman, Adam Goldberg
  • Directors: Bibo Bergeron
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Animated, Color, NTSC, 3D, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AWHDF5S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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

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124 of 134 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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46 of 50 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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13 of 15 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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21 of 26 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Digital Download expires 4/16/2014 April 7, 2014
By Keith R
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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. The 3D movie looked great!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun family movies, songs that will be permanently burned into your...
I am pretty sure i have every song in the movies memorized now. My 2.5 year old loves this movie more than me I think.
Published 1 day ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Asome movie
Published 4 days ago by jonathan cintron
5.0 out of 5 stars New family favorite
Great new movie, my boy's loved it
Published 5 days ago by R. P
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Fun, charming and educational. My daughters and their husbands went to Paris during the Christmas holiday so I gave each a family a copy of this DVD. Read more
Published 5 days ago by MomMom P
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Beyond stupid.
Published 14 days ago by Pavlin Lange
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
I enjoyed the movie.It is a beautiful theme and the music is great. My niece loved this movie and we watch it together all the time.
Published 19 days ago by Peachy
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have to search, you won't be dissapionted. Just do it.
I liked this movie. This was a great romp into this world. It was well animated and well told. I just don't like that I had to search so deeply into the Amazon's inventory of... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Krank1960
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly worth owning
A really good animated movie.

I do not watch a ton of animated films, and at first i was reluctant on this since it has no bonus materials. It was a tough sell for me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Bartel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cute little movie and the grandkids adore it.
Published 1 month ago by Gregory C. Mortensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Truly wonderful piece,with an addictive soundtrack
Published 1 month ago by matt winkelmann
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