The triplets of Belleville

The triplets of Belleville

DVD - 2004 | French
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A bicyclist is kidnapped from the Tour de France by mysterious gangsters; his grandmother travels to the city of Belleville (which has a sardonic version of the Statue of Liberty in its harbor), where she tracks him down with the help of a musical trio gone to seed, the Belleville Triplets.
Publisher: [Culver City, Calif.] : Sony Pictures Classics : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, [2004], c2003.
ISBN: 9781404948570
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Triplets
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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JCLLizW Jan 08, 2018

This was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 76th Academy Awards and its song "Belleville Rendez-vous" was nominated for Best Original Song that year. This film is a little weird, but it is beautiful in its strangeness.

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Dec 09, 2019

Not for children -- though some may enjoy it. I remember watching this at home with my husband. It ended. We sat there for a minute. "What the heck was that?!", we both said. And then we watched it again. Go for it. Weirdly compelling.

Mar 03, 2018

Dang, Sylvain Chomet really knows how to make animated caricatures charming.
I like the vast variety of character designs in this film. The grandson's almost equine physique and profile. His grandmother's uneven legs, likely the result of polio. The triplets who may be wearing the exact same outfits they had while on vaudeville. The French Mafia, where the uniform hitmen stand firmly rectangular and can meld together to work as a single unit.

It's all pretty dang good.

The best part is how little dialog is actually spoken, but there is so much to take from this movie. With this approach, the animation has to accomplish what's usually done with words, the details of the settings have to have purpose. It's difficult to do, and this movie nails it.

LiztheLibrarian Jan 25, 2018

Despite being animated, this is NOT a movie for children, but grownups will enjoy it immensely!

Jul 25, 2016

Nominated for two Oscars, writer/director Sylvain Chomet’s oddball animated feature is a sheer delight of exaggerated eccentricities and scathing satirical barbs presented with only a few intelligible words of dialogue amidst a whole lot of stylized gibberish. Grandmother’s got a clubfoot and goggle glasses, her grandson is all horse teeth and oversized calves, the gangsters are moustachioed imps guarded by block-shaped henchmen, and the triplets themselves are an engaging mass of straggly hair, sagging wrinkles, and cackling grins. But it is the sly jabs at Americana which get the most laughs with a corpulent Lady Liberty hoisting a cheeseburger above a wobbling population of heavyweights and, in one particularly nasty scene, an unflushed poop bears an uncanny resemblance to a certain cartoon mouse. Outrageous, catty, and decked out in bright storybook colours, "Triplets" combines the raw edginess of old school animation with some truly beautiful artwork to deliver a guilty treat for adults.

d2013 Jan 02, 2015

Unique, funny with great animation!

Chapel_Hill_DavidG Nov 04, 2014

Beautiful, fun, funny, clever, and delightful. I want to find more movies just like it.

Jul 14, 2014

In my estimation this story is okay. I think that the animation was pretty good . This Dvd is French in origin which I think in some ways explains why everything is either Tall or Narrow. I especially enjoyed the Chase scene . I thought it was funny how one of the Sisters(the Triplets) would grab a pole on the street corners to cause a right or left turn of the odd wheeled contraption that a certain character was pedaling.

May 05, 2014

Sometimes a bit anarchic, particularly at the beginning, when the film's opening resembles the animation of the 1930's, complete with "degraded" film stock and some recognizable characters (Josephine Baker, Fred Astaire). The film is amazingly as much about sound as it is about visuals. The titular triplets make music with ordinary objects -- a newspaper, a vacuum cleaner, fridge grates. It is even more amazing when, in one of the DVD extras, it's revealed that those objects were actually used. There's a version dubbed in English, although there's little dialogue, and no subtitles. It took me a bit of concentration to puzzle out the plot (what does the French mafia want with Tour de France cyclists?), but the animation and the sound/music is original and captivating.

hania4987 Jul 10, 2013

strange ... funny ... and oddly compelling ... wonderful animation

dgr May 13, 2013

This is a beautiful film with a lot of heart and humor. Loaded with supercreativity.

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