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A very cute film
Alliennor1 March 2012
I saw this movie yesterday. I was not expecting anything ; my boyfriend and I love cartoons, he chose it, I hat no idea what it was.

The beginning and exposition are a little slow, granted. But it is worth it, it allows you to enter peacefully in the story.

And as it goes on, the story gets more original as we see the monsters are not necessarily who we think.

I did not expect it to be a musical, too, and really, that's not it. But the story revolves around a singer, so she sings (and I stop here so as not to spoil). In french, she is voiced by Vanessa Paradis (yes, Jonnhy Depp's Vanessa) who is a pretty good singer and actress. The songs are pretty good, the other singer (pretty famous in France, too) add some poetry to the thing, but the music is not too much. There is no singing for no reason like in the Disney cartoons.

The rendering of Paris, during the great flood of 1910 (true story) in very well done and the atmosphere is beautiful.

There are a few situation jokes ; you don't explode with laughter but it's funny and you can see that the writers prepared them carefully (the thief joke, for instance). Plus, in the french version, there a plenty of little allusions and puns that are really fun.

All in all, a very enjoyable experience for kids or adults.
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Quite an enjoyable movie
Guy Schellens4 February 2012
I was browsing through IMDb when I stumbled upon the reviews of this movie. As a matter of fact, 6 months ago, I saw the Dutch dubbed version with 3 kids (one 6y, 2 10y).

I have to say, everybody enjoyed it. The 6y old even asked me to buy it on DVD. I wonder if the person who gave this a "1" even bothered to look at the movie at all...

Because I like Paris, I enjoyed the little details the French animators put in it. It really captures the Parisian atmosphere. The animation is in the same league as Megamind, Despicable Me etc. It's not as good as the Pixar/Dreamworks movies, but it was still very well done.

Some jokes worked, others didn't, but all in all I found it well worth the money.
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Beautiful film. Tres bonne!
elroy_geronimo17 February 2012
A very enjoyable kids' movie which pays homage to other 'monster'-classics like Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera and King Kong. A feast for the eyes and a classic story with a twist in which losers become heroes, heroes become villains and a monster turns out quite different to what we expect. Well not really, because all monsters are misunderstood gentle souls and greedy ambitious people always turn out to be the real monsters. The story is accompanied by beautiful songs. I regret to have seen the English version because I just know the original French chansons must be even better. My 4 year old daughter, 11 year old son and I loved it and my wife quite enjoyed as well. Certainly not a waste of money like some of the other reviewers said.
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Monster in Paris is story telling that children and adults will truly enjoy
My_Opinion-245-92080120 February 2012
A Monster in Paris is a unique uplifting kid's movie. My niece and nephew loved it. It seems the female lead character dressed as an angel is funny and beautiful, my nieces words. Now my nephew on the other hand was more interested in the monster in the film. This is one of those films that you can watch with your young ones and still be amused yourself. The melody's that we were treated to, were both exceptional and catchy. At one point my niece commented that she loved the way the little angel lady was singing. Now, she wants to be an angel/ballerina who sings. Very good movie, which had a strong underlying message to young ones a must see with the kiddies.
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Cute, charming, beautifully animated, musically rich, lovely atmosphere- a very good film for the family
TheLittleSongbird23 March 2012
I will admit at first when I first saw the trailer I wasn't entirely drawn in. But since being a fan of animation and learning from films like Lilo and Stitch, Galaxy Quest, Tangled and Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame(all examples of movies that had trailers that either didn't appeal or were misleading, but the actual film I enjoyed or was blown away by) that you shouldn't judge a movie by their trailer. I really liked A Monster in Paris, the beginning may take a little too much time to get going and like the concept there are one or two bits that seem a teensy- bit contrived. However, the way the film is written, ensures that it is all very light-hearted, with a sense of fun, a lot of charm and a big heart at its centre. The characters are still engaging, who doesn't love Franceur, and the voice acting is very dynamic. The humour is nothing absolutely extraordinary, but I was still amused by it. What I did like too were the references to early horror movies, looking at the Monster's disguise you immediately think of the Invisible Man, there are some exciting chase scenes and there is nothing overly-sentimental. There were three things though that stood out. One was the atmosphere, A Monster in Paris has such a lovely and nostalgic feel to it, seeing as that is exactly the feeling I got when I went to Paris I felt the film evoked this very well. It is a very rich film musically, with songs that completely bewitch you with their simplicity and beauty and a score that is enchanting in melody and like the atmosphere gives a sense of nostalgia. And the animation is stunning, the characters are all well-modelled and there is a clean and bright colour palette but the stars were the city landmarks, which I loved spotting, and the period setting. Overall, a very good film, not completely perfect, but better than the rating it's got at the moment and one of the more pleasant animated films of the year. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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Awkward concept that almost works.
cahnd2b2 February 2012
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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Truly remarkable, there is no other word for it
Alex Vojacek14 May 2012
When I started watching this movie with my kids, the first thing I notice was how simply the rendering really was, comparing this with Kung Fu Panda 2 is like comparing a 3D movie with a 2D movie. When the movie started developing it's characters and story it completely transformed my view of the movie.

Just in the first 30 minutes, this movie completely surpassed Hollywood craps like Kung Fu panda 2 that only relies on spectacular FX to get away with not presenting creative ideas.

This movie is simply stunning, so much detailed and heart was put into developing it's characters and their relations to their way of life. This movie is more about our human nature than it is about monsters, truly remarkable accomplishment.

When you think you're watching a simply kid's movie you're actually watching a multi-layered work of art and art is what truly excels at this one!

The movie truly shines in the art and visual styles, as much as it shines in the music department.

If there is something worth mentioning about it's negative side is that there's not enough music in the movie, the "monster" which is a music artist really was asking for a lot more presence on scene showing his talents, rather than running away from people but, this is the way movie is developed and it is for a reason.

A monster in Paris reflects our inner fears with what we perceived as "different" and how each one behaves in the presence of something different, some people will try to take advantage of the situation for personal gain and some will put their prejudices aside and show their unconditional love.

Ultimately, this movie is adorable, the only thing I would change is the last pursuit scene, it's too long for my taste but it's not easily predictable and that accounts for the superb tension that it's created, hopefully the movie ends in a right note.

This nice animated movie will surely touch your heart and is a remarkable work of art with a sense of justice and a lot of courage to show exactly how humans behave and what kind of traits we have in our hearts. A movie about values, friendship, music, art and with much heart in it.

Once again, the rest of the world shows Hollywood that movies CAN be made with a nice script and characters we care for instead of bombarding our senses with FX, FX and more FX.

A sure bet to all the family, 8 out of 10.
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Wonderful and everything has a purpose!
Priscilla Jensen24 February 2012
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When I saw the artwork for this film when it was still in production, needless to say that I was excited. The colors were beautiful and I loved the designs of the characters. The music in the trailer was also very beautiful. I'm not usually one for that kind of music, but this made me want to get up and just sing and dance with it. I had been curious if it had come out in English, so I did some poking around and found it!

The very beginning of the movie confused me at first because I had expected it to all be animated and this was some footage from that time period, but it actually pertained to the movie and helped to explain what what going on with everyone. That's one thing that I really liked about this movie. Everything that was shown had a purpose. There wasn't anything that happened that didn't help in some way with progressing the movie. The clip of film, the fertilized seed, the necklace breaking. I could go on with the list of things that happened that helped with the plot. The animation and colors were very good too! I would have to say that the style very much reminded me of "Corpse Bride" that I saw a while back. The music even seemed similar.

Some of the things that I thought could have been done better would be that with the leading female I wanted to see more with her. She's a performer, I would have liked to have seen a couple different costumes while she was singing. I would have also liked to have heard more than three songs. Maybe one or two more would have been nice. Also, some of the animation just seemed a bit awkward. Mainly with the children characters where they're running. I found the ending scene with the main male and female to be a bit awkward and could have been integrated better into the story.

Overall, I loved this movie and I would gladly purchase for myself if it makes its way over to the U.S. The music and artwork were stunning, and I thought that the plot was cute too.
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The film which I expected to hate...
Pjtaylor-96-1380442 February 2012
Okay, so I wanted to go to the cinema with my little brother, the only problem was that i'd seen most of the films that were on at the time. So we decided to see 'a monster in Paris'. I admit, I didn't expect much from this movie, but I was surprised. Sure, the jokes are not funny and there are some continuity errors, but it was actually a pretty decent movie. It had solid animation, great voice acting and it knocked a couple of hours of my dull day. I found it a little strange how the 'monster' Franceur could sing. This film is certainly better than other foreign animations that made the swap into English, e.g 'Animals united'. You could certainly be dragged to the cinema with a younger family member to much worse films. Plus the singing sections fit in with the movie and were not annoying as hell. In most kid's musical animations the singing is random and the songs are terrible and cheesy. this film has characters that connect with you, even though there's not many. Overall, this film is a great one to watch with the kids, it wouldn't be a bad idea to wait for the DVD though.
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A Fun, Wild Romp!
EruzaBlue19 September 2011
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So, I was lucky enough to catch this movie at TIFF this month and all I can say is...

IT WAS AWESOME!! Not quite what I expected, but a fun wild romp all the same and the "monster" Francoeur was SO ADORABLE! It was a lot more fast-paced than I expected and there was far more focus on Raoul and Emile, but they turned out to be pretty fun characters. Trust me, you won't hate Raoul and certainly not Emile; he's adorable, too.

Francoeur was just as adorable as I expected and Sean Lennon did a FANTASTIC job as his beautiful singing voice. Lucille was awesome, too. The characters are all lively and lovable, and the songs are fun and very memorable, especially the cabaret song "La Seine" and the title song "A Monster in Paris" is very emotionally-charged. I also thought the score was very good, very French, and very enjoyable. It sets the tone and scenes very nicely.

The plot was good, but like I said, very fast-paced. It flies by pretty quick, but it doesn't feel too rushed. It's quite light-hearted, but there are also some very well-done, intense moments.

Now... some people who expect a Beauty and the Beast story will be a bit disappointed by the ending, but there is still hope for the "Monster". Plus, it's all good in the end. The romance they went with did feel a tad bit forced... but that's probably just me.

Anyway, I can't say much more without spoiling some things. All in all, a good movie and I'd love to see it again.
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