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A Monster In Paris Review

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3D animation set in Paris in 1910 tells the story of friends, Emile (Jay Harrington) and Raoul (Adam Goldberg) who unintentionally set a monster loose on the streets of Paris resulting in mass hysteria. It is only after Lucille (Vanessa Paradis) takes the monster in that you realise he has just been misunderstood.

★★★★★

This french-made 3D CG toon has to get over a first-reel hump, coping with a couple of not-that-funny fin-de-siècle Parisian slacker buddies, but improves considerably when the monster shows up. Francoeur (Sean Lennon), a mutated giant flea, is credibly fearsome in terrorising-the-city scenes until he gets a makeover from a cabaret singer (Vanessa Paradis) into a phantom-masked guitar hero. Following Hugo and Adèle Blanc-Sec, this evokes the fantastical Paris of Georges Méliès and Gaston Leroux, with strong period detail and visual invention — though the knockabout comedy is a bit sub-Aardman and only one song (a hymn to the Seine) lets Paradis show off her pipes.

3D fun for all the family with impressive visuals and some catchy tunes.