“A Monster In Paris” going direct-to-DVD

One of the most interesting looking French theatrical animated features still unreleased in the U.S. is finally coming out here – straight to video. On April 16th, Shout Factory will release the English dub of Bibo Bergeron’s A Monster in Paris on DVD and blu-ray.

Check out the trailer above, featuring voice cast including Catherine O’Hara, Bob Balaban, Sean Lennon, Adam Goldberg, Jay Harrington, and Danny Huston – it film certainly looks commercial enough to have earned a theatrical release. Certainly more that Escape From Planet Earth

Here’s the Shout Factory press release:

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 Lennon, Catherine 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.

SYNOPSIS
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!

EXCLUSIVE TO TWO-DISC BLU-RAY™ 3D COMBO PACK
Movie presentation on Blu-ray 3D and 2D, DVD and a Digital Copy of the film

Technical Information – BLU-RAY™ 3D COMBO PACK
Street Date: April 16, 2013
Running Time: 1 Hour, 27 Minutes
Layers: (BD25)
Aspect Ratio: 1080p 1.78
Language/ Subtitle: English / English SDH
Sound: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

ON DVD

Technical Information – DVD
Street Date: April 16, 2013
Running Time: 1 Hour, 27 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Language/ Subtitle: English / English SDH
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1


  • http://www.bigscreenanimation.com Mike Bastoli

    It’s actually not an “English dub”. It was animated to the English voice cast. The French release (“Un monstre à Paris”) was the dub.

    Very enjoyable, by the way; I saw it at TIFF ’11.

  • droosan

    I got to see this charming movie last summer at an animation festival in L.A. It’s too bad it never got a wider theatrical U.S. release, or even just an ‘Oscar-qualifying’ run; it certainly could have been a contender for this year.

    It’s also a pity that it seems there will be no available french-language dialogue track on this Shout Factory video release .. but I do look forward to having this movie in 1080p, at least.

  • Mike Kenny

    It is a shame that this film won’t be earning a theatrical release because it looked promising. Luckily, Shout Factory does terrific work so their treatment of this film will please fans no doubt.

  • Silver

    I was lucky enough to watch it at a movie theatre last year. I really liked this film and I tried spreading the word about it among my friends. Glad to see a wider release!

  • Moonie

    Hmmm, I liked it well enough, but it was really hyped on Tumblr so I ended up being let down. The visuals and songs were as nice as expected, on the other hand.

    Too bad about the lack of theatrical release and French audio on the film, though.

  • Alberto

    I’ll have to be the voice of dissent here, but I thought the film was a complete mess. I couldn’t watch it all the way through.
    The storytelling was all over the place, and all the characters moved (acted?) in exactly the same way.
    I was really looking forward to this movie, but I was extremely disappointed. My wife who is generally more forgiving than I am loathed it.
    But then again, that is just my opinion.

  • jeans

    I don’t know what movie droosan and Silver saw, but it it definitely was not a movie that worked. I had a chance to see the movie in New Zealand at a film festival. Other than looking pretty, this movie was incredibly clunky all through out. It definitely would NOT make an oscar contender because it was just a mess of a film. I have no problem with story cliches as long as the filmmakers really run something good with it. This was just a cliche-laden film with nothing to say in the end. There is a reason it’s not getting a theatrical release in the U.S.

  • http://animatie.blog.nl Seppe

    I still don’t get why they would want the spoil the identity of the ‘monster’ so early in the synopsis and various trailers out there – espescially since there’s not much unpredictable stuff in the story. Very good animation, though. Great songs, too (go ahead and youtube ‘monster in paris La Seine’).

  • Kendall

    What no french language with english subs!? Gerrr, I like the english cast but I also enjoy listening to it in french. Is there nothing that can be done? … I’m just happy that it will finally be released in the United States.

  • http://www.borishiestand.com Boris Hiestand

    Jerry, do you think a film has to “look commercial” for it to warrant a theatrical release?

  • Mr. James

    FINALLY! I’ve been watching this film’s development for over 5 years and then when it was released in the states with it’s limited run it wasn’t playing anywhere near me! I bought the soundtrack but that was as close to experiencing this little gem as I could get. I’ve already pre-ordered my Blu-Ray copy!

    Whoohoo!

  • http://thatfellowinthecoat.com Stefan

    This was released on DVD in Canada last year. I thought it had some interesting designs, but the story was rather unremarkable. Even if its chances were low, I’m surprised it wasn’t given a theatrical release for Oscar consideration.

    • J

      I was disappointed… I waited for ages, after seeing the french trailer, to see a beautiful and poingniant french story akin to Beauty and the Beast or similar, but it wound up being mostly hijinks between the two male (human) protagonists with the girl and the monster in there purely for plot purposes, with relatively small development. In the end it didn’t seem like the movie I was promised after seeing the trailers and the beautifully animated dancing/singing sequence.

      To be perfectly honest I don’t believe this movie would’ve done well in theaters, it didn’t seem very deep to me. It’s very much a direct-to-DVD level movie.

  • Dave, GKIDS

    I like A Monster in Paris a lot, but the lack of theatrical release is because it looks like a big, pretty commercial film – the type that gets a 1,000+ theater release, not a little release. It’s a common trap films of this budget fall in, so the big studios get gun shy following some high-profile flops, and it’s actually easier to justify direct to video, even though the film was built for mainstream success, theatrical or otherwise.

  • http://kellytindall.com Kelly Tindall

    It’s already on Netflix (at least in Canada). Can’t wait to check it out!

  • droosan

    It sounds like expectations might’ve been ‘overly high’ for some, based on the trailers. -_-;

    As for my ‘Oscar contender’ comment: no, I don’t necessarily expect this film could’ve won .. but certainly, it was deserving of consideration among this year’s nominees; for instance, I felt A MONSTER IN PARIS had the same sense of playful anachronistic humor as THE PIRATES!: BAND OF MISFITS (they even shared the ‘smart monkey’ gag) — along with a similar sense of gorgeous ‘classic storybook’ production design.

    And IMO, MONSTER actually has a bit of an edge over PIRATES! with its musical segments .. I was actually a bit disappointed that Aardman’s film didn’t have songs (considering that Pirate Captain brags a few times that people “love his shanties”).

  • http://www.animatorisland.com JK Riki

    Certainly on my to-buy list! Wish I could see it on the big screen as intended, though. Shucks.

  • ShyGuy

    I can’t believe it’s not released in the U.S yet! In Montreal I’ve seen it in the $10.00 dvd bin at Walmart! It seems to have gone under the radar in Canada as well unfortunately.

  • Glowworm

    It’s about damn time. Regardless of how the movie actually is, I’ve been wanting to see it ever since CartoonBrew first reported it. It really didn’t help that Deviantart had tons of fanatics–before the movie even came out in France.

  • Glowworm

    Most likely, I’ll get my boyfriend to rent out this one, rather than actually purchase it.

  • SKent.

    I saw it in a near empty theatre.

    It has it’s flaws, I enjoyed the setting, but the characters and the writing didn’t really work for me. In a few spots it grated.

    On the plus side, it has some of the best music of any animated film.

  • http://clxcool.deviantart.com Chris Leonido

    I can only guess why this didn’t get released theatrically in America. The people who owned the film didn’t know what the hell to do with the movie after it was released in France.

    At least this looks better than Pirates: band of misfits(which was a complete disappointment). I’ll see it when it comes to DVD.

  • Puddlez Craig

    In my opinion this film was lovely. Some of the music I more enjoyed in French, but overall I was pleased. I’m buying it as soon as I am able.

  • Rick Dolishny

    Saw it on Netflix in Canada… or should I say saw about 3/4 of it. Abysmal story and voice acting. However, the animator they obviously brought in to do the woman singing at the cabaret was so much more talented then all the others. Those performances did stand out.

  • http://twitter.com/MakeItAqua Drea

    Seems like they tried to make a comedy out of Phantom of the Opera. Blah.

  • Elisa

    I recently watched it. I like it! The lip sync was a little bit odd (I saw it in french) like the character was saying: Hi (sound) but the lips were Ho (lips moving). The story was very simple, characters were… Well, french! If you have french friends or lived in Frane, you’ll get it. It had something that pleased me.
    The next movie will be better, i know it! Keep it coming France! <3