Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…
A Monster in Paris
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 Bird of Paradise cabaret, an eccentric scientist and his irascible monkey to save the monster, who turns out to be an oversized but harmless flea, from the city's ruthlessly ambitious police chief.
The trailers for this looked quite good and it got hardly any press on its release here in Blighty. It seemed to be in the cinema and then gone. When the blu ray came through the post I was looking forward to it. I was not let down.
The animation is seriously some of the best I have seen. So stylised and unique. I loved it. The characters are extremely well rounded and each bring something different but similarly each is as memorable as the next. It's such a different story too with some great moments.
What makes this a five star film then? The music is one. Rarely do the films visuals and tone get such perfect accompaniment. But…
A wonderfully delightful animated film.
Imagine Cronenberg's The Fly. Animated.
With musical numbers.
With no Goldblum.
If you're thinking what the f**k?(as you should be) then don't bother with this bizarre animated movie.
Recommended?: only if you want to see a film which features mutant singing fleas that are wonderfully talented tap dancers
A hybrid crossing "Mimic" with "Moulin Rouge" and with the aesthetic value of Luc Besson's "Les Aventures extraordinaires d'Adèle Blanc-Sec".
It is easy to confuse this 2011 beautifully animated feature with the 2012 Academy Award nominated "A Cat in Paris" but I supposed the mesmerizing French capital played a key role in both films.
Directed and written by a native Bibo Bergeron, there was an authenticity of bringing the city (circa 1920s-1930s) to the forefront and with the character of Emile, expressed his love for the art of cinema.
Generally the plot might not be ground breaking and the flow of the story was riddled with hiccups; there is still ample charm with the setting, characters and a bit of…
Very cute movie. I loved it very much!!!
Brilliant A hidden gem.
A very nice animation, great characters, some very catchy songs, funny moments and a whole lot of fun that left me with a smile.
This movie is about an oversized bug is caught up in a most unexpected adventure in this animated comedy. It's 1910, and Raoul is a Parisian delivery man by day and scientist by night who is determined to brainstorm an important new invention. With the help of his friend Emile, a cinema projectionist with women on the brain, Raoul attempts an experiment in a greenhouse that has an unexpected side effect -- a tiny flea has suddenly expanded until it's seven feet tall. The enormous flea gets loose and it's not long before word is out that a monstrous bug is haunting Paris. This is the movie that I avoided every since I saw it's advertisement back in 2012, I…
This is a very sweet, charming film that kind of came out of nowhere. Well, it originally came out of France and was dubbed into English. It's basically like Phantom of the Opera meets Beauty and the Beast. To get the negative out of the way, the first half of the movie feels a bit disjointed and strangely paced with a few different stories happening at the same time. There doesn't seem to be a clear main character nor much of a plot. So for the first 30 minutes or so, it doesn't really feel as if the movie is going anywhere. But it's merely all setup. Once the film gets going, the last hour or so is engaging enough…
It's charming enough in a fairytale way that I will let it go with nary a comment about the biological impossibilities (we don't question how a glass shoe can bend without breaking, after all). The characters are charming, the aesthetics is charming (not gorgeous --I'm a bit spoiled by Dreamworks, as a reference point). The ending is very Shakespearian - 3 different pairs end up together (a bit heteronormative, but then nothing to complain about if we view this with an eye toward classical fairytales). CUTE.
Having seen early 1900's Paris portrayed wonderfully in the Martin Scorsese film Hugo, we now get to enter this mesmerizing city again in animated form.
Driving around the flooded city in Raoul's oil run van, Catherine, the city landscape loses nothing of its grandeur and beauty. The players are brilliantly brought to life as the animators use all of their abilities to extenuate their characteristics in their physical forms. Raoul's John Cleese-esque legs and Bruce Forsythe chin make him look ridiculous, but when he dances it all makes sense!
After the flea's transformation in the lab accident he escapes on to the rooftops of Paris and fleeting sightings by terrified Parisians give rise to a plan the city's pompous and…
Nope. Nice style, but nope. As soon as I heard the "banter" between a few characters I was done.
A cute story, nice characters and a gorgeous setting.
A Monster in Paris is a cute, feel-good animation movie set in the beautifully recreated Paris of 1910.
It's a rather slow but pleasant movie to watch, though in my opinion the story lacked something to make it a truly great film. It's a simple story that all in all is not very memorable.
However it's great to sit back and relax whilst enjoying the pretty animations and the songs, of which La Seine turned out to be quite the earwurm.
I can't believe this is directed by the same guy that did Shark Tale.
A Monster in Paris hits all the emotional notes just about when you expect them to, but in a very satisfying way. There are a bunch of fun twists and permutations of the formula that keeps the 1 1/2 hour time fun, sweet, heartwarming, funny, and exciting. Also, that first song - basically the only song performed entirely - is remarkably catchy.
The characters are delightful, the animation is technically competent, and the art direction isn't terribly distinctive, but it's definitely not a re-hash or anything. Fun little thing.
This was a real surprise and treat.
It is an animated film set in 1910 Paris. A flea is doused with a scientist's formula and becomes human-sized, creating a panic in the city. There is a "Phantom of the Opera" vibe to this story, because the flea is musically gifted.
There are echoes of classic Hollywood animation here. A "Pepe Le Pew" aspect to the setting, and the plot is somewhat reminiscent of "The Whale Who Wanted to Sing Opera." However, there is no one hero, but an ensemble. The songs are in a different key too. The title song is quite lovely and sad. And there is plenty of action and great chase sequences to keep children happy.
Really, this is a delightful gem of a film, and I'm very glad I found it.
- The King and the Mockingbird
- When the Wind Blows
- The Hand
- The Cat With Hands
- Mind Game
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Take Shelter
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
- Project Nim
This list will be of no real interest to anybody else but it helps me keep an easier track of…
- 5 Centimeters Per Second
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Treasure Planet
- How to Train Your Dragon
- The Croods
My favorite animated films, 2D and 3D. Pixar, Disney, Ghibli, and everyone else caught in the mix :D