Family Movie Night: A Monster in Paris Blu-Ray Review

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If you are looking for a new family-friendly movie, you may want to check out “A Monster In Paris.” After very good reviews in France, Shout Factory has just released the movie in America, on 3D, Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital Media, April 16th. We recently received a copy for review and this charming film was a surprising hit with our family. 

It’s 1910 Paris and the Seine is flooded and two unlikely heroes are about to have an adventure that will change their lives! Movie projectionist, Emile, and his eccentric friend, Raoul, “accidentally” have a mishap while delivering one of Raoul’s orders to a vacationing scientist’s lab. When a few drops here and there go wrong, they inadvertently create a “Monster” the likes of which you have never seen before!

When the media and Commissioner Maynott blow the monster sightings out of proportion without hard evidence (as they are likely to do), the Monster finds itself scared and alone. Beautiful cabaret singer Lucille, played by French actress and singer, Vanessa Paradis, befriends the creature, whom she names Franc, when she realizes he means no harm and has a beautiful singing voice along with extraordinary musical talent.

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Together with Emile, Raoul, an adorable monkey and even Maud (Emile’s dream girl), Lucille helps to stop Commissioner Maynott’s mad scheme to kill Franc and promote himself as a hero of Paris, all the while showing that he is in fact the only monster to be found in this film.

All in all, I thought this movie had a great flow. The first few minutes started off a bit slow and my daughter and I looked at each other wondering if we would enjoy the movie at all. But things quickly picked and you cannot help but love the muted colors of the era, low-key atmosphere and distinct personalities of the characters. The city of Paris is depicted so beautifully and the soundtrack is amazing and I can only imagine that, could I understand it, the whole movie would be simply awesome in its native French version.

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When you do sit down to watch with your family, be sure to watch through the credits as there are several fun scenes to finish off the movie. We truly enjoyed this enchanting tale and will be watching it again many times over!


Featuring All Star Voice Cast of Vanessa Paradis, Catherine O’Hara, Bob Balaban, Sean Lennon, Adam Goldberg, Jay Harrington, Danny Huston 






Venture into the delightful Parisian cityscapes 1910s and spellbound by the visually opulent family adventure of A MONSTER IN PARIS, directed and written by Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) and produced by world renowned filmmaker Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and Bergeron’s Bibo Films. With an exceptional English-language voice cast of French singing sensation Vanessa Paradis, singer/song writer Sean LennonCatherine  O’Hara (Penelope), Adam Goldberg (A Beautiful Mind), Bob Balaban(For Your Consideration), Danny Huston (Hitchcock) and Jay Harrington (Private Practice), A MONSTER IN PARIS harkens back to the classic tale of beauty and the beast, and delivers vibrant storyline packed with elegant characters, unforgettable song-and-dance musical numbers and beautiful CG animation that the whole family will enjoy! This critically acclaimed international major motion picture also features enchanting, honey-toned vocals by Vanessa Paradis and Sean Lennon, with music score by popular French singer/songwriter Matthieu Chedid (aka M) and Patrice Renson.

On April 16, 2013, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with EuropaCorp, invites kids and families across America to a whimsical world of Parisian adventure and fantasy when Shout! Factory, in collaboration with EuropaCorp, unleash A MONSTER IN PARIS on DVD and on two-disc Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack.  The Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack allows viewers to enjoy A MONSTER IN PARIS on the platform of their choice and includes spectacular movie presentation on Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and a digital copy of the movie compatible with PC, MAC, iTunes, iPhone and AppleTV.


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!

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About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras.  Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations.  In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America.  Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records and HighTone Records. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention.  Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit

Product information and complimentary review product were provided by Click Communications, all thoughts and opinions are genuine and 100% my own.


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  1. 1

    I think this looks so cute, I’d like to see it. Bet the kids will too, the younger ones anyway. ;)

  2. 2

    This movie looks really cute. I bet a million dollars my boys would love it.

  3. 3

    me and my family are suckers for animated movies.. This one does look promising to me. Will watch it for sure!

  4. 4

    I’m pretty sure Gavyn would love this. Zoe is my fussy movie girl. Thanks for hte review!

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