A wacky inventor, his camera-crazy best friend and a madcap monkey make a massive mistake when let loose in a mad scientist’s laboratory. With lotions and potions spilling everywhere, the troublesome trio accidentally creates Franc, the product of a reaction between a common flea and one of the scientist’s mystery concoctions. What they fail to realize, however, is that this ‘monster’ is actually a soft-centered soul with an astounding talent for music.
With the help of an enchanting nightclub singer Lucille, Franc becomes the talk of the town, just as stories of Paris’s newest monster attract the attention of the egotistical police commissioner, hell bent on securing a big prize to help his battle to become mayor. The unwitting scientists and the singer must team up to protect Franc, a monster with more than a musical career to protect!
My Husband’s Thoughts on the Film…
I loved this movie.
It did so many things right. The setting is Paris, 1910, and has many of the times trappings, yet is very anachronistic. Many mannerisms and situations are very much modern. However, since the whole movie is this way, and in a line or two they hang a lantern on it, it works out great.
The plot makes sense and has well-planned foreshadowing, so none of the plot points come from nowhere. Even the comedic relief has foreshadowed elements. Details like this make the movie shine.
The characters all have motivations and reasons for acting the way they do. The antagonists has clear reasons for doing what he is doing as opposed to just being bad for the sake of being a bad guy.
The story had clear themes and lessons to learn, but they were not called out. There was no ‘you see Timmy’ moment. I love it when a movie treats the audience as intelligent and not wasting time rehashing what they just showed me.
The animation and voice acting is of consistent and good quality.
There are a few little areas that weren’t perfect, but they are all minor little things, like a bus moving on flat streets with no one pressing the gas, and they don’t break anything. I liked the movie so much it far overshadows a couple little things and so many other little details were well thought out.
A Monster in Paris does so many things right that many other movies miss or do wrong. Put this on you “Watch as soon as possible” list.
I, like my husband loved A Monster In Paris. I was delightfully surprised in every which of the way and that doesn’t happen too often. The soundtrack is one I’ll be wanting to pick up pretty soon. The artwork stunning and very impressive in accuracy and style. My kids age 4 and 2 years old both sat glued to the TV when this one was on. I love seeing them captivated by such a fine film.
The story was fun, the characters all interesting in their own ways. It was a stirring film that displayed acceptance, misunderstanding, love, and adventure. We highly recommend it as a must see movie and if not now, save it for a movie night during the Summer season! You won’t be disappointed.
Want it? You can pre-order a A Monster In Paris on Amazon.com right now. It’s available as a DVD or you can get it as a Blu-Ray + 3-D Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Copy pack! It hits the streets April 16th!
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