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Triplets of Belleville

The Triplets of Belleville

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Director: Sylvain Chomet

Cast: 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 to


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.

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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Sony Pictures
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[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

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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4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
MattW More than 1 year ago
This little gem is a fantasic DVD to get -- the animation and soundtrack can't be beat! No worries if you don't speak French, there isn't much dialogue during the film and what dialogue there is, is in both French and English. The character actions and the plot are the key here. One to pick up if you want something different, funny, eye-opening, and gently suspenseful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Saw it twice, each time marveled at not just the animation but I'd buy the music on dvd.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was wonderfully funny and unique. The animation is beautiful but bizzare. I would highly recommend this movie but only if you are the type of person who doesn't mind to watch a movie with virtually no dialogue. The story is wonderful and the music is superb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely my favorite movie. I watch it almost everyday and the picture is so detailed, I noticed something different everytime I watch it. I wish the creator would make more like it because I can't get enough of this movie. I highly recommend it to anyone who's searching for a vividly creative and original movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the most unique films you will ever see. The movie is moved primarily by actions and unsaid dialogue (what is said by actions, events, reactions, facial expressions, the atomosphere, etc.). I would not reccomend this movie for anyone under 14, but the animation is unique, surreal, and breathtakingly beautiful. This undoubtedly is the best animated film this year, and one of the best movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As much as I enjoyed this movie, other around me just didn't understand why anyone would watch it. Make sure that if you plan on watching it with others, they enjoy the same thing. I will admit the first time I watched it I had a hard time keeping focused, but after watching again. I have to come to like the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Way at the top of the best of last year's films. Similar situation to another reviewer, I raved about the film but friends I recommended it to did not like at all.
MstrPBK More than 1 year ago
but what this movie really looks at is the absurdity of life. At first the absurdity is subtle and as this wonderful animation continues the absurdity becomes outrageously silly. Come follow a mothers devotion to her child. This movie is for young adults and adults; but not for young children. the levels of absurdity may confuse younger children. there are also social references which my seem strange to those who may not be aware of 1920 to 1960 values or opinions. As far as I know of there are no other movies quite like this.
Mariamosis More than 1 year ago
I am not going to say much about this movie since all the other reviews pretty much cover it. However, this is one of the best movies I have seen to date! Creative and Amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Les Triplets de Belleville" as it is in French, is amazing!!! I've rented it many times, and I'll soon have to buy it I love it so much. The animation is so beautiful, you don't see this animation anywhere! The music is so amazing too! The music is marvelous! The "Cabaret Opening" when the Triplets do the "Belleville-Rendevous" and the "Tour de France" is nice, even though you don't understand a word except: "Dispaire" which means disrepair, and that's the only word I understand. I like it when they're in the club and they do that musical number with the refrigerator, newspaper, and the vacuum. It's a shame that it didn't win an Academy Award, but I do know that it won other awards too. The story is excelent! About a grandmother who is looking after her grandson, and is trying to make his dreams come true. With the square-shouldered mafia henchmen, and that little man who is there leader, all the characters are so real.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was mesmorized by the animation, and the music is great. I'm going to watch it a few times, and wish there was a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exceptional animation about a grandmother's desires to help her grandson find his passion with mystery, sabotage, and obstacles along the way! The animation style is similar to original Pink Panther television series. Like Pink Panther there is little verbal banter yet the music and artful animation tell the story fluently!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is amazing! We watched it in English Class, and the creator put so much detail into the drawing and events, that I hardly noticed that there was almost no dialouge during the whole film. Simply Amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is great, the animation is true to life, it made me forget about life for over an hour and just allowed me savor the excellent blend of animation, sound, color, music, artistry, and a beautiful story... Sylvain... TRES BIEN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Triplets of Belleville is one of the finest movie made this year, or one of the greatest animations ever! I hope that this tops nemo at the oscars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is outstanding. It is also the best movie i ever saw. I saw it for the first time tonight and i thought that it was the most beautiful movie that i ever saw.I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be careful about to whom you recommend this movie, and how strongly. I raved about it and found that not everyone shared my opinion. I thought 'The Triplets of Belleville' was creative, original, funny and beautiful. The friend accompanying me was similarly enchanted by it. Unlike the recent pixar movies, the human hand was always apparent. When I recommended it to others, perhaps too enthusiastically, their response was considerably cooler. However, as a confirmed buyer of used CDs and DVDs, I liked this film so much, and so look forward to watching it again, that I intend to buy the DVD new, as soon as it comes out.
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