Today’s review is the first one that has ever been requested of me.
The name of the requester is Jegsy Scarr, an often viewer of my blog. She is an ardent fan of “The Phantom of the Opera”, so much so as to even compose FanFiction about it. And being a fan of “The Phantom of the Opera”, she suggested that I review either “A Monster in Paris” or an animated version of “The Phantom of the Opera”.
Well, seeing as how I’ve not seen the former yet; the latter is the focus of this post!
“The Phantom of the Opera” is a novel written by the French author, Gaston Leroux.
It tells the story of a young singer named Christine Daaé
who hears a voice that gives her music lessons for a number of years. The voice then reveals itself to be that of a man named Erik, the so-called “Phantom of the Opera” who dwells beneath the opera house and wears a mask to cover his disfigured looks.
After a while, Christine seeks assistance from her love, Raoul, to escape the clutches of the obsessed Erik!
Oh, and there’s also a Persian Daroga called…umm…”the Persian”!
The book eventually became a hit spawning many film adaptations, an especially popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical,
and eventually this animated less-than-an-hour TV movie. You can watch it below (as long as it remains on Youtube).
So what did I think of this movie?
Well, let’s look at the pluses. First, this TV special captures your attention and interest from the very beginning. I’m not a huge “The Phantom of the Opera” fan (forgive me, Jegsy) and thought the book was “OK” at best; nevertheless as soon as this movie started, I was focusing all my concentration on it, so that’s good.
Secondly, it uses a lot of the original dialogue found in the book, or so online research has told me. And that always is an amazing thing to see in a film!
And thirdly, according to many “The Phantom of the Opera” experts (correct me if I’m wrong, Jegsy), this is one of the more faithful adaptations of the novel which pretty much sticks to the gist of the story.
Now, let’s look at the minuses. Well, there really is only one minus, but it’s a HUGE one; it’s the animation!
This has got to be the most low-budgeted limited recycled animation that I’ve ever seen in my life! The characters move like cardboard figures, the movie is filled with recycled animation over and over again, the characters’ mouths never mesh with the words, it’s just very annoying! Like I said, it’s the only problem I have with this TV movie, but it’s a huge one!
All in all, I’m glad to have watched it, but I don’t think I’ll watch it again, or at least not very soon. Now to rank this movie. I’ll compare it with other animated films involving outcasts/ugly characters.