Triplets of Belleville

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In this animated French film, a boy named Champion trains relentlessly for the Tour de France, with the help of his loyal grandmother and overweight dog, Bruno (who loves to bark at passing trains). When the big race comes, Champion and a few of his fellow racers are kidnapped by some box-shouldered thugs who spirit them off to Belleville (a surreal impression of 1930s-1950s Manhattan) where they are forced to pedal as part of a clandestine gambling operation. Bruno and Grandma set out across the sea in a paddle boat to rescue their boy, but once ashore they soon become lost, hungry and penniless--that is, until the frog-eating Triplets of Belleville, former scat-singing jazz prodigies turned experimental musicians, come to their rescue. <br> <br> Filled with inspired, twisted imagery, this nearly dialogue-free film is a crowd-pleaser of unusual power, with the strange, measured pacing of a dream, and a great soundtrack of bizarre, alternate-reality '30s jazz. It also offers a touching and believable ev...



Sylvain Chomet

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VHS1hr 21minSony Pictures Home EntertainmentMay 04, 2004PG-13 (MPAA)043396032248Sound Features: Stereo

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(04/01/2004, p.120, Cassie Whittell): "Comprised of nicotine-stained cells and very few words, BELLEVILLE RENDEZ-VOUS corkscrews the brain with a succession of super-skewed set-pieces...", (11/26/2003, p.3D, Claudia Puig): "[T]he slyly humorous Triplets of Belleville is artful, engrossing and oddly touching.", (11/26/2003, p.C14, Kenneth Turan): "...THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE delights in the dazzling eccentricity of its uninhibited imagination....A truly out-there piece of comic animation, the most outlandishly visual film of the year...", (11/26/2003, p.E1, A. O. Scott): "...A tour de force of ink-washed, crosshatched mischief and unlikely sublimity...", (11/27/2003, p.103, Peter Travers): "...[A] bracing blend of silliness and sophistication...", (12/01/2003, p.113, Stephen Farber): "...Chomet blends subtle wit, visual imagination and even a flair for suspense...", (12/05/2003, p.66, Lisa Schwarzbaum): "...Utterly original....Chomet and his team of animators hand-draw countless precise, funny, and sophisticated details...", (12/26/2003, p.42, Roger Ebert): "[I]t is creepy, eccentric, eerie, flaky, freaky, funky, grotesque, inscrutable, kinky, kooky, magical, oddball, spooky, uncanny, uncouth and unearthly."