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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've recently fallen in love with this little French animated movie (directed by Bibo Bergeron). 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. And oh my goodness! The colourful scenery makes my heart flutter, the characters are well-made and lovable, and the animation is expressive and fluent. On top of it all is a sublime soundtrack with catchy songs - best enjoyed in French. The story and acting may seem cheesy at first,
and the plot has flaws and holes, but that won't stop me from enjoying it.

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 horror drama 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: 

UMAP-progress-animation by Sakalah
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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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