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Un Monstre a Paris - Angel in Disguise by Sakalah Un Monstre a Paris - Angel in Disguise by Sakalah
Notice: Please refrain from reposting my art. But if you must, then always link back here. Thank you.

I fell in love with this French animated movie rather fast. It all started when I saw these breathtakingly beautiful visual development images for the movie floating about on the webs. Curious and drawn to what I saw, I later watched the English version.

What I love the most is the colourful scenery and playful designs. One can tell a lot of love went into the creation of this movie. The characters are all lovable, and the animation is great (not quite Pixar standard, but still). On top of it all is a sublime soundtrack with catchy songs - best enjoyed in French with –M- voicing the title character.

After further inspecting the storyline, one can find a lot of flaws. There’s hardly any character development going on, and some characters seem very flat. The storyline itself could have been rearranged and extended to make room for development. Sadly, the animation studio ran out of funds for that.
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Un Monstre á Paris (A Monster in Paris) is meant for family entertainment, but if you just look a little deeper, this adorable tale about acceptance could have turned into a dark thriller really fast. Admittedly, I kind of fancy that idea.

Not only has the story some clear Beauty & the Beast elements, but also similarities to The Phantom of the Opera - a musical which has a special place in my heart since my early teenage years. Obviously I'm not the first one to notice this connection.
        In order to mesh these different styles and ideas into this painting, I used the Phantom movie poster as an inspiration. The struggle was great to get angles and poses right, but the efforts paid off. So... Enjoy a less obviously benevolent Francoeur and some obscure symbolism. 

For all of you romantics; imagine them singing "All I Ask of You", but with switched lines. (Personally I see their relationship as either close friends or mother/adopted child.) 

Lastly, I would recommend seeing this movie if you don't mind a more relaxed pace and want something to brighten your day :la: 


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Un Monstre á Paris ©  EuropaCorp

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Many thanks to my dear friend Shaiyeh for lending a critical eye and for all the support she's given :heart:

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SundsArt Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
"this adorable tale about acceptance could have turned into a dark horror drama really fast"

Yes, really, really fast!

Fleas have mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and a tough body able to withstand
great pressure and their diet consists solely of fresh blood. Now imagined the big monster version!
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Black-pearl23 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful!
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SisterStories Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Misc Emoji-13 (Heart) [V1]  LUV IT!! More people need to see this movie! Francoeur is sooo adorable!! :happybounce: OMG! I can't contain my excitement! :squee: 
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fennelwink Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Oh!  I love how his two outfits transition from one to another, I didn't catch that a first!  Very clever.  And the background as well!  It's like his entire journey through the movie in one image.  With her drawing him out of the dark into the light, or the limelight as it were.  And yes, Francoeur's French voice is much superior to his English one.  I bought the Canadian DVD just so I could have both French and English options!  
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Sierryberry Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Filmographer
Love! This needs more views... haha
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Dream-Angel-Artista Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
incroiyablement facination amazing progress animation and all details wooooow! francoeur look verry scare real monster and miss Lucille very splendity:rose:
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ShadowLillium Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Filmographer
LOOOOOOVELY!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH
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nikopul Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well done job creating contrast between characters and the amount of details makes this interesting, nice! :D
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FlamiatheDemon Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student General Artist
What a beautiful painting! I love how you use colors and light, and the composition makes it!
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Melstrife Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Wow! Amazing work! So pretty!
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RainbowStr8ghtJacket Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This...makes me think of Phantom of the Opera
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Zaellrin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
EXCELLENT MOVIE! EXCELLENT FANART! Love! :heart:
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amam2217 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Holy crap this is stunningly gorgeous! I love this! Wow!
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AbelsLover Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Gorgeous. Jake crying plz 
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Lil-Banshee Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm absolutely speechless at this! My new favorite AMIP piece! You captured Franceour perfectly, which is not an easy feat! Bravo! 
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fantasygirl2000 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I Loved 
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DC-Fat-Gorillas Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Lol. Perv face detected on Francoeur.
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MiniMonster767 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful!
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ks-claw Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh my gosh this is so lovely <3 and yes, A Monster in Paris is a gorgeous movie!
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PiuPiu-Littlebird Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sakalah strikes again, with yet another amazing piece... :iconclapplz:
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Shaiyeh Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, it really turned out fantastic! And now I'm mad at my screen for not showing its true vibrance >-< Beautiful work :heart:
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
HOW.
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Ayej Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
lol same xDD 
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InterNutter Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
I'm in love.
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pyro-the-dragon13 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
I adore both versions of the movie, although I agree that the french versions of the songs are much more enjoyable. It's rare to see fanart these days of such an endearing movie, and I love the sinister air that Franceour exudes in contrast to the kinder and naive personality he has that others have depicted. The symmetry/mirroring in this piece is also really fascinating.
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Candied-Cyanide Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My little sister showed me this, and I immediately fell in love with the flea, but I'm sad that his voice isn't deep and smooth, like his face suggests. x"D
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