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, CA : Sony Pictures Classics : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2004.
Edition: Widescreen.
ISBN: 9781404948570
1404948570
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Belleville rendez-vous

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Nursebob
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.

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MichelleBees
Jan 14, 2015

delightful and engrossing. easy to watch over and over.

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.

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3reading4stem2011
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.

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Sanrin
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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ms_mustard
Jan 07, 2013

wonderfully weird and strange.

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Richood
Dec 11, 2010

Spectacular to look at, great music, funny, and pretty strange. Check out the extra feature where the composer plays a vacuum cleaner! You have to pay attention to follow the story, and there's virtually no dialogue, so it may not be a great choice for younger children. But it might also be captivating. It's a must-see for adult fans of animation.

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