“A Monster in Paris” Out on DVD Today in the U.S.

Bibo Bergeron’s A Monster in Paris is releasing on DVD today in the United States through Shout! Factory. The 2011 French animated feature was unable to secure theatrical distribution in the competitive U.S. market, but Bergeron’s earlier directorial efforts will no doubt be familiar to American viewers—DreamWorks’ The Road to El Dorado and Shark Tale. A blog featuring artwork from the A Monster in Paris can be viewed HERE.

Order A Monster in Paris for $10.49 on Amazon.com.


  • Greg Manwaring

    Support our own and buy this film!! Bibo and his team have done a tremendous job!

  • Nick Bruel

    8.99 on Barnes and Noble.com

    • JK Riki

      Thanks for the heads up! Good call.

  • JK Riki

    Nice! I loved El Dorado, and this film has always sparked my interest. Definitely checking it out, thanks for sharing the news!

  • jmahon

    I remember the year or so that separated the trailer and the release of the film. The first trailer, in French, spun this amazing looking story somewhere between Frankenstein and Beauty and the Beast, in which a tender and sweet friendship brings the big monster and the diminutive singer together as they both discover who they are and what they really want out of life, a truly unique French tale. It looked gorgeous, had beautiful music and colour direction, and I was so excited.

    The second trailer, in English, made the movie out to be this hilarious slapstick humourfest of a buddy comedy between two male protagonists, putting the singer and the monster at the back, and instead focusing on their silly attempts to capture the monster. If I had only seen that trailer, I would’ve never bothered to watch it- it looked extremely basic and I’ve seen the “bumbling comedy, western style” so many times over here that there didn’t seem to be anything new. What about the beautiful looking characters from the first trailer?? Is the movie really like this, was I mislead? Surely the original trailer in French must be more accurate than this misleading attempt at marketing to a wider audience?

    Spoiler- unfortunately, it turned out to be the latter. The moments featured in the French trailer that painted a picture of two characters needing eachother to grow beyond what they felt they were trapped in, full of romantic songs and beautiful choreography, was in the movie maybe once. The first third of it seemed to be right, but after that, we almost completely abandoned the singer and the monster, their storylines became background subplots needed to further the exploits of the two men leads, and there wasn’t another song the entire time, let alone any sort of character development for either of them. The girl was reduced to a stuck-up snobby princess for the roguish main character to win, and the monster was reduced almost entirely to a plot device. It was really… disappointing. I wanted to see the movie from the trailer, and I wish like I had just left it at that and never seen the film. Maybe it’s different in French, but I don’t know. Take a look at it if you want to see a french 3D animated movie, however- the animation is entertaining and bouncy and the color design is very moody and beautiful. I’d love to get my hands on an artbook.

    Sorry for the word wall- thought you guys would like to know what you’re getting into.

    • jhalpernkitcat

      I’ll admit, the French trailer was exactly what I was yearning for too, a Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Operaesque film between a singer and a friendly monster. That song drew me in, excited me. I was so disappointed that it wasn’t being mass released in theaters in the U.S.

      Then I learned that it’s apparently not as incredible as it looks–that it’s good, but not as good as it could have been.

      Nonetheless, I would love to at least rent this film and see how it really hold up for myself. Francour’s character design was a beautiful one.

  • Buck

    Looks like a certain animator doesn’t know how to play a guitar. ;( I hope France keeps on creating though!

  • z-k

    So as with 2-D, so too in CG: The subtler movements are the harder to pull off.

    Someone’s playing a Rickenbacker on that song.

    • jmahon

      having watched it there were a few parts that stuck out as obviously being mocap, as well.

  • cass

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  • KitKat

    It’s a shame the story isn’t good, because the visuals look beautiful. I’ll pick up a copy anyways for the eye candy.