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A Monster in Paris (2011)

Un monstre à Paris (original title)
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A 3D-animated movie set in Paris in the year 1910 and centered on a monster who lives in a garden and his love for a beautiful, young singer.

Director:

Bibo Bergeron

Writers:

Bibo Bergeron (screenplay), Bibo Bergeron (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Matthieu Chedid Matthieu Chedid ... Francoeur (voice) (as -M-)
Vanessa Paradis ... Lucille (voice)
Gad Elmaleh ... Raoul (voice)
François Cluzet ... Le préfet Maynott (voice)
Ludivine Sagnier ... Maud (voice)
Julie Ferrier ... Madame Carlotta (voice)
Bruno Salomone Bruno Salomone ... Albert (voice)
Sébastien Desjours Sébastien Desjours ... Emile (voice)
Philippe Peythieu Philippe Peythieu ... Pâté / Le narrateur (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Balaban ... Pâté (voice)
Paul Bandey ... Narrator / Newsman / Policeman / Journalist (voice)
Jodi Forrest Jodi Forrest ... Madame Omelette (voice) (as Jodie Forrest)
David Gasman ... Clerk (voice)
Adam Goldberg ... Raoul (voice)
Matthew Géczy ... Albert (voice)
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Storyline

Paris, 1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colorful inventor, find themselves embarked on the hunt for a monster terrorizing citizens. They join forces with Lucille, the big-hearted star of the Rare Bird cabaret, an eccentric scientist and his irascible monkey to save the monster, who turns out to be an over-sized but harmless flea, from the city's ruthlessly ambitious police chief. Written by The Film Catalogue

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some action violence involving gunplay, and mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

12 October 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Monster in Paris See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR25,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,511,538
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color | Black and White (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Franceur's black coat, hat and red scarf are based on the iconic Ambassadeurs Poster by Parisienne artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec See more »

Goofs

Although the story is set in 1910, the Mayor of Paris is featured. The office of Mayor of Paris was suppressed in 1871, after the 'Commune', and was not restored until 1977. See more »

Quotes

Lucille: He's not a monster.
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Connections

Referenced in The Wogglebug's Adventure in New York (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Funky Baiser
Written and arranged by M (Matthieu Chedid) and Cyril Atef
© 2012 Labo M Editions
(P) 2011 EuropaCorp
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User Reviews

 
Awkward concept that almost works.
2 February 2012 | by cahnd2bSee all my reviews

This is not quite Pixar, but not quite awful either. It goes for a polished look similar to what we've seen in mainstream American animation, with the soft-lit cartoonish CG similar to that of Dreamworks and Pixar, and comes very close to matching their visual flair despite a more modest budget. It's pretty clear that they're hoping for commercial appeal rather than art-house obscurity here, but the film wants to have it both ways, mixing clichéd humor and characters with artistic flourishes and occasional moments of brilliance. There should be more than enough here to appeal to kids.

It's a pleasant enough experience overall and ultimately it wins you over ... but at the same time in a lot of ways it doesn't quite make it. For starters the whole story concept is painfully contrived. But this much is clear even from the shortest synopsis, so I was prepared going in.

Among the highlights of the film are the many appealing visuals drawn from the period Parisian setting. Another highlight is the rich musical score. These almost make the film a cut above, were it not weighed down by some of the more mundane elements.

On the whole it's flawed, but it does have its moments, and is worth a look.


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