A giant flea nurtures a passion for music in Bibo Bergeron’s computer-animated fable A Monster in Paris.
The year is 1910 and Paris has been ravaged by floods, leading to the construction of rickety wooden bridges to allow the city’s denizens to traverse the bloated Seine.
Cinema projectionist Emile (voiced by Jay Harrington) agrees to help truck driver Raoul (Adam Goldberg) make a delivery to a gargantuan greenhouse owned by a scientist.
Raoul forces his way inside and begins fooling around with test tubes of strange liquid. There is a massive explosion and the resulting cloud of gases causes a flea to mutate to hulking proportions.
The insect bounds across the city until it finds an unlikely ally and musical companion in cabaret chanteuse Lucille (Vanessa Paradis) at the L’Oiseau Rare nightclub.
Together, Lucille and the heavily disguised insect, who is christened Franc (Sean Lennon), become the talk of the French capital with their infectious renditions.
When bumbling police commissioner Maynott (Danny Huston), who hopes to win Lucille’s affections, discovers his rival is a monstrous insect, he decides to secure his re-election by slaying the beast.
A Monster In Paris is showing at the Odeon Kettering today at 2pm and 6.30pm in 3D and at 4.15pm in 2D.