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.