Triplets of Belleville

Triplets of Belleville

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Director: Sylvain Chomet

Cast: Sylvain Chomet, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Monica Vegas


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Those who may have missed director Sylvain Chomet's charming Oscar-nominated animated feature The Triplets of Belleville during its all-too-brief and limited theatrical run can now witness the inventive feature thanks to this release from Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is spotless in addition toSee more details below

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Those who may have missed director Sylvain Chomet's charming Oscar-nominated animated feature The Triplets of Belleville during its all-too-brief and limited theatrical run can now witness the inventive feature thanks to this release from Columbia/TriStar Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is spotless in addition to offering a great presentation of the film's varying color scheme. The only true argument that could be made against the transfer is the ugly intrusion of edge-enhancement. Though viewers with standard televisions won't notice the tell-tale glowing edges that, in addition to being entirely unnecessary, are impossible to ignore after one becomes aware of them, viewers with large, high-definition, anamorphic-friendly televisions will, no doubt, find this distracting. Audio is offered in a choice of English or Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, offering a clean reproduction of the wonderful sound scheme and a great vehicle for the infectious music featured in the film. Though played down somewhat on the packaging, the extra features provided on this release offer some great insight into the film's production. Commentaries are separated into three scene-specific segments: "Opening Sequence," "Restaurant Performance," and "Tuning the Wheel." Viewers are treated to a perfect mixture of technical and fun facts -- with the final segment offering a great showcase for the film's remarkable foley work. A featurette entitled "The Cartoon According to Sylvain Chomet" is a nice (albeit somewhat brief) learning tool for aspiring animators, and an appropriately surreal music video for "Bellville Rendez-Vous" will have Chomet and songwriter Benoît Charest's earworm title tune echoing in viewers' heads for days. A fun theatrical trailer rounds out the features nicely.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
A cartoon movie like no other, French animator Sylvain Chomet's The Triplets of Belleville manages to remain thoroughly original while evoking a sublime wealth of influences. The story itself is mildly off-the-wall: A roly-poly French grandma teams up with a trio of quirky, aging cabaret singers to save her grandson, a rail-thin Tour de France cyclist kidnapped by mobsters as part of a bizarre gambling scheme. The strange scenario's execution is more wildly imaginative than can be put into words, rendered in a jazzy, 1920s and '30s style that swings to Benoit Charestin's original score. The computer-free animation is at times deliciously crude, and the art is more expressionistic than anything -- frogs rain from the sky, a refrigerator and vacuum cleaner function as musical instruments, and a mâitre d' literally bends over backward. Ultimately, the imagery and physical comedy are so engrossing that the movie's total lack of dialogue goes unnoticed. Indeed, Triplets could play alongside Charlie Chaplin's silent comedies or Jacques Tati's beloved M. Hulot films (which are duly referenced), as it offers a symphony of movement and sight gags that makes for a viewing experience that leaves one spellbound and smiling.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The opening sequence of the The Triplets of Belleville is one of those crude, early black-and-white cartoons that might have played before the feature in a traditional movie palace. It not only sets the surreal tone for the film, it also introduces the wonderfully infectious title song. Inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, the jazz score (composed by Benoît Charest) is an important element because writer/director Sylvain Chomet has wisely chosen to refrain from using dialogue. Traversing through a non-standard adventure, the endearing main characters communicate through nonverbal behavior. Bruno is a loyal hound dog who barks at trains and occasionally drifts off into bizarre dream sequences. Matronly Madame Souza might walk with a limp, but she's a tough coach and a stickler for precision. Together, the humble team hobbles toward the big city of Belleville in order to rescue their beloved Champion. The city is an ink-washed masterpiece of strange proportions. Huge American tourists line the streets, while the villains are represented by symmetrical blocks of homogenous mobsters. The heroes quickly befriend a trio of elderly experimental musicians who live near a swamp and dine exclusively on frogs. If this all sounds too absurd, remember that the tale is told from the tender perspective of an old lady and her dog. The warm, nostalgic style borrows from the comedy of Jacques Tati and the design of '50s animation. The adventure moves at a slow, gentle pace leading up to a daring car chase and rescue sequence. Accept the ridiculous premise, because the simple joys are completely worth the suspension of disbelief.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Making of The Triplets of Bellville"; Featurette "The Cartoon According to Director Sylvain Chomet"; Select scenes with commentary: "Opening Sequence," "Restaurant Performance," and "Tuning the Wheel"; "Bellville Rendez-Vous" music video; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Claude Donda Voice Only
Michel Robin Voice Only
Monica Vegas Voice Only
Michele Caucheteux Voice Only

Technical Credits
Sylvain Chomet Director,Screenwriter
Didier Brunner Producer
Chantal Colibert Brunner Editor
Pauline Cadieux Associate Producer
Benoît Charest Score Composer
Cinebert Sound Mixer
Mathieu Cox Sound/Sound Designer
Eric de Vos Sound/Sound Designer
Regis Ghezelbash Associate Producer
Laurent Quaglio Sound/Sound Designer
Colin Rose Associate Producer
Evgeni Tomov Art Director
Pieter Van Houte Special Effects
Viviane Vanfleteren Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. "Bellville Rendezvous"
3. Champion & Madame Souza
4. Bruno
5. His Heart's Desire
6. Neither Sleet, Rain Nor Snow
7. Ironing Out the Kinks
8. Roberte Rivette
9. Tour De France
10. The Mysterious Men in Black
11. Kidnapped!
12. Hot on the Scent
13. Trans-Oceanic Crossing
14. Bellville
15. The French Mafia Chief
16. "Bellville Rendezvous" (Reprise)
17. At Home With the Triplets
18. Catch of the Day
19. Dinner Is Served
20. Honored Guests
21. Another Rigorous Training Process
22. Cabaret Hoover
23. Close Shave
24. A Night at the Races
25. Souza Incognito
26. Le Grande Escape
27. Pursued by the Mob
28. You Are Now Leaving Bellville


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