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.
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
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