A Monster in Paris

  • U
  • Eric "Bibo" Bergeron (2011)
  • Fr
  • 86 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Paris in 1910 is flooded and gloomy, and to make matters worse there's a scary creature on the loose. But, as this charming fantasy from the director of Shark Tale reveals, he's more of a misunderstood musician than a savage beast. Cinema projectionist Emile (voiced by Jay Harrington) and his extrovert inventor pal Raoul (Adam Goldberg) inadvertently create the monster that promptly escapes over the rooftops and is taken in by sympathetic chanteuse Lucille (Vanessa Paradis), who discovers his sensitive side. Meanwhile, evil Commissioner Maynott (Danny Huston) has a dastardly plan in mind. Director Bibo Bergeron (who returned to his native France after making his name in Hollywood) has crafted a beautiful love letter to Paris - the city's landmarks are shown off to great effect, and there's a keen sense of period. He also cleverly references early horror movies, with the monster's disguise bearing a passing resemblance to that of the Invisible Man. While the attempts at humour occasionally fall flat, there's plenty of excitement in the chase scenes and a refreshing lack of sentiment, and the movie is topped by bewitchingly memorable songs.

Plot Summary

Animated musical fantasy featuring the voices of Adam Goldberg and Vanessa Paradis. Paris, 1910: after tinkering with a professor's lab equipment, a wannabe inventor accidentally causes a flea to grow to gigantic proportions, which then escapes into the city. Together with his cinema-projectionist friend - and an irritable monkey - the pair sets out to find the harmless, super-sized insect before an ambitious politician can use it for his own nefarious purposes.

Cast and crew

Cast

Raoul
Adam Goldberg
Lucille
Vanessa Paradis
Commissioner Maynott
Danny Huston
Emile
Jay Harrington
Francoeur
Sean Lennon
Pâté
Bob Balaban
Carlotta
Catherine O'Hara

Crew

Director
Eric "Bibo" Bergeron

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
EOne
3D
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 27 Jan 2012
Certificate U
Categories
Comedy
Childrens
Drama

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