Les triplettes de Belleville (2003)

 


 

When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters–an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire–to rescue him. Full summary »

Genre: Animation,Adventure,Comedy,Music

Les triplettes de Belleville (2003)
   
Release Date: 11 June 2003 (France)
Country: France , Belgium , Canada , UK
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Cast:
  • Béatrice Bonifassi
  • Lina Boudreau
  • Michèle Caucheteux
  • Jean-Claude Donda
  • Mari-Lou Gauthier
  • Charles Linton
  • Michel Robin
  • Monica Viegas


33 Responses to Les triplettes de Belleville (2003)

  1. Birugirl
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    Why would this movie be against Disney as mention in the trivia???

    "Dreams do come true"-Princess Giselle

  2. golden_filament
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    after seeing this, im very interested in seeing other animated movies. i know disney, miyazaki, and a few other random ones.

    any suggestions?

    i was also wondering who was actual behind the musi of the three old ladies (it was awesome)

    "For every time your gun goes off,a new rebel is born"

  3. ThunderGore
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    I know the people who dislike this movie obviously won’t, and that’s all good. Different movies for different people. But for the fans, would you call this movie an animation masterpiece?

    Everyone went wild over Wall-E, but this WHOLE movie went without dialogue (save for the random song/other short non plot related lines). And the animation in itself sets this movie apart from most cartoons. Did anyone else go nuts looking at the ocean scene? That alone is worth multiple views.

    I know many say the biggest shortcoming in this movie is its lack of plot. But as long as what they do with it’s minimal plot is interesting, what’s the difference? I thought everything about this movie was perfect: characters, the sound effects, the greatly times comedic moments (and yes, there were plenty), and the amazing mix of old/new animation make me sad I waited this long to re-watch the movie (hadn’t seen it since it was in theaters).

    Anyone else agree that this is a current animation masterpiece?

    "Look, it’s not that i’m lazy, it’s that I just don’t care…" – Peter Gibbons

  4. spongebobroxmysox10
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    I really didnt. Don’t yell at me, but yeah. I didn’t get the point of it.

  5. PopcornIsGreat
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    Quelle était votre scène préférée ?

  6. Dietzbismarck
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    That’s pretty much a direct reference to Josephine Baker circa 1927, not just some made up…jab at black people for some who feel that way. I’m not trying to debate anything, just here to share the source. She was a lovely woman, and yes, wore bananas.

  7. s_dot_3
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    This movie is worthless. It has no plot, no dynamic characters, and is pointless. DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME/MONEY!

  8. louiebyfrd
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    I personally got the feeling that this is a dark comedy and in a lot of parts of this movie i laugh but i can understand why people will think differently, it is a very weird film but thats also partly why i find it funny so did you laugh or just watched and thought "Yeah it was all right" or "What the *beep* was that?"

  9. spiritofjosh
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    For one, the animation is far superior to any other animated film I’ve watched so right there does anybody else know of anything similar? Something as surreal, yet retro like this style? And second the fact that music carries this movie makes it even better. I like the fact you don’t need to hear what people have to say to know the story, so any other films that share this style (doesn’t have to be animated.)

    Sweet merciful crap!

  10. mandawg9
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    #4. "Belleville Rendez-Vous," THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE

    Fantastic, catchy, original song, whether in French or English. Um, interesting video, ha, but definitely one of the best original film songs.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Best-Original-Film-Songs-of-the-Decade

  11. jbyrd-12
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    I dont understand the ending when you see an old Champion watching a TV set and saying, "It’s over Grandma." I don’t understand what it means! :-( Anyone out there who can explain?

    People put annoying stuff here. This is my annoying signature. Get used to it!

  12. martisco
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    Loved the animation and the exaggerated characters, and a lot of it was really clever. Yet couldn’t help feeling it would have been much better if the filmmaker had invested as much in the plotline as in the animation. The last 20 minutes of the movie felt flat and running out of ideas. A little disappointed… the reviews made it sound like this was one of the greatest animated films of all time, when really it just rose to the level of a really good pre-1980 animated movie, which just shows you how depressingly dull post-1980 animation has been, despite all the CGI advances.

    Best moment: the Triplet’s newspaper-fridge-Hoover number while the dog was having his food dish dream.

    Oh, and what DID happen to Bruno in the end?

  13. Anonymous
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  14. THElebowski101
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    I loved this movie, especialy because it said so much with out saying anything. But there is another movie made last year that is also worth seeing, tittled "Spirited Away" wich is probubly tied with this. So, to those who saw both, wich one did you like better?

  15. dolemite4201
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    For anyone coming to research this movie before watching it, take the advice of Nancy Reagan and JUST SAY NO. I was expecting something special when I rented this, only to be disappointed by a boring, plotless, aimless piece of garbage. Was it neat and pretty to look at for 10 minutes? Yes. But the novetly wore off quickly when you realized that NOTHING HAPPENS in this movie. If you are simple and impressed by shiny objects, then go right ahead and waste your time and money on this. But if you’re an intelligent person who expects silly things like plots, interesting characters, or humor, then stay away.

  16. Birugirl
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    I have a few questions as I love this movie, how old were Champion and Lady Sousa at the end? And what happened to the dog?

  17. imaintdan
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    Triplets made the list of the decade’s best directorial debuts. Good or bad thing in your opinion?

    http://www.examiner.com/x-1550-Seattle-Movie-Examiner~y2009m11d11-The- Wednesday-10–The-Top-10-Directorial-Debuts-of-the-Decade

  18. winerz
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    I don’t think it’s meant to be depressing, unlike many of the comments in this board say. The animation and drawing sure do look strange, and sometimes it does seem boring and sad. But the characters seem happy..Champion smiles while he bikes to the music, and the Triplets are always having a ball. I think the point was that you can be happy no matter how crappy and depressing things may look. Champion lived in the middle of nowhere, yet he was happy (when he had his bike). Then a f-cking train was built next to him, and he was happy. The Triplets were poor, and they were happy. In the end, Champion is old and seemingly poor and alone, but he’s happy. And the grandma playing music with that busted old wheel, that’s just another way of making something out of nothing. I think it’s also (another) jab at America; none of the protagonists followed the American dream. They were all poor (the triplets had some fame at the beginning, but it died down), but they didn’t need money or a piece of the pie. They were perfectly content where they were

    The men in the suits reminded me of bureaucrats, the way humans are meant to act as robots or lego blocks

  19. shimonmor
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    I really believe that Bruno is the best film portrayal of a dog that I have seen (and I have seen a lot of dog movies…lots of bad ones (dogs?) out there).

    Even though he is a "cartoon", Bruno captures the essence of "dogness". I am referring to the Platonic Form of "dogness". He is dog.

    Hooch from "Turner and Hooch" was pretty good but he can’t hold a candle to Bruno’s angst.

    The dream sequences were pure brilliance. The shaky legs, the incessant, subtle whining and whimpering, the expressive brows all lead me to believe that the makers of this film really know and understand dogs.

    Bruno is not Lassie or Old Yeller. He is no hero. He has no skills. He is merely the prototypical dog with issues (who doesn’t have issues?). He is the "everydog" dog.

    Plus, I my dog’s name is Bruno. And he has issues too.

  20. mooseandsquirrel-2
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    so freakishly bizzaro!

    We had to keep watching just to see where we’d end up. My guilty pleasure was the sister’s performance at the beginning. Catchy, hypnotic, naughty….

    Other French films I have seen over the years (that I actually remember the titles for) that left me going "WHA !?!?!?" at the end were:

    Le Rayon vert (“Summer”)

    Un Chien Andalou ("An Andalusian Dog")

    All I can say is who needs drugs when you have films like this?

    Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges

  21. Misanthropic_Humanist
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    Good crap… I cannot believe how many people complained about not getting the movie.

    Here is a plot breakdown for the idiots:

    Woman raises grandson to be an excellent cyclist

    Mobster kidnap along with others to run lucrative gambling project

    retired singers help the woman get back her kin

    throw in great animation, designs and a soundtrack.

    "There’s no point in being grown-up if you can’t act childish, sometimes." – The Doctor (Tom Baker)

  22. aliceandwatson
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    On some of the other boards, people were saying they didn’t think the characters are really developed in this film.

    I felt as if I knew some of these characters, even without dialouge.

    Why do you think the director chose to have an almost silent film?

    Does it bother you?

  23. kvaminator
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    Anyone else notice how the very first part of the film, the Triplets’ show, is drawn in a simpler style (and in black and white, of course), reminiscent of the early Disney-shorts, than the "present", where everything is more rigid and detailed?

    I think it’s a very clever, and simple, move to use the cartooning-style from an earlier time to create that nostalgic (hate that word:) feel.

  24. marque911
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    I stumbled onto this while flicking channels, so I didn’t see it all the way through. But what I saw entranced me. Beautiful artwork, stunning backgrounds. I love Pixar’s work, but I grew up on Chuck Jones’s cartoons. They gave me an appreciation of great animation. I loved the look of this film. Can’t really comment on the storyline.

  25. rzajac
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    I like it when hand-rendered work is spiced up with computer-aided elements. It has an effect on me where the hand-rendering allows me to hold the absurd humor out at arm’s length, then a computer effect adds a touch of verite realism that draws me in and forces me to acknowledge the absurdity of real life.

    There’s a lot of grounds for recommending this movie; this is just one little thing I wanted to comment on.

  26. StudMuffin-91
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    Just sayin’

    I never really watched this when i first got my hands on it, because it scared me too much

    It’s a great film, just creepy. Meh.

    I never worry, now that is a lie

  27. lefunksta
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    Great routine inspired by the film :

    Sara and Jesús – Pop Jazz – choreographed by Wade Robson – "Cabaret Hoover" – The Triplets of Belleville soundtrack

    http://jondespa.multiply.com/video/item/196/So_You_Think_You_Can_Dance_-_Cabaret_Hoover_-_Triplets_of_Belleville

  28. castleinthesky
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    Watching this movie for the first time, I found it a scathing review of American society.

    Belleville is New York City, as you can tell when the chracters arrive in Belleville passing a fat version of the Statue of Liberty.

    Most of the characters are horribly overweight.

    The Triplets eat frogs, which is a symbol for the cannibalism of American capitalism.

    The tripletts do not let Madame Souza use the refrigerator, vacuum cleaner, or even newspaper it shows Americans as buying things just to have them but not to use them.

  29. PhillyGal
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    If the triplets are working at a posh club/restaurant then wouldn’t they be able to afford actual groceries? Was the filmmaker trying to imply that they were witches (resemblance to the 3 witches in MacBeth)? Or are they just aging song and dance performers who have bizarre culinary tastes?

    Dear Mr. Newman, Short people DO have a reason to live.

  30. Kinsywinz
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    Does anyone know who sang the English version of Belleville Rendez-vous during the end credits? I’ve found the French versions that the Boop Sisters and the Puccini Sisters sing, but the music seems to be different than the English version.

  31. chconnol
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    I admit that upon my initial viewing of this movie, I was a tad startled at the alleged anti-Americanism in it. And as most Americans, it has been steadily conditioned in us to be suspicious of anything French.

    OK. Some "French" things leave me a tad cold. I wasn’t too fond of "The Fifth Element". That sucker was odd beyond belief and I blame it on French sensibilities. Yeah, it did have some kicker visuals but everything else made it seem cold.

    But back to "The Triplets of Belleville". It’s look is extraordinary. The story is non essential. It’s a movie that’s more of a trip than a straight forward narrative.

    As for it’s anti-Americanism, folks: we, as Americans, have got to collectively pull the pole out of our asses and learn to laugh at ourselves. So what if the movie presents Americans as over weight and boorish? Haven’t WE been making fun of the French as snobbish and unfriendly? And anti American? And I’m sorry: but if I could choose one cliche or sterotype about us Americans, it would be that, generally speaking, we’re a tad heavy (and narrow minded, and self righteous too!).

    That said, "The Triplets of Belleville" is NOT, I repeat NOT for all tastes. It will put a lot of people off long before they get to the Belleville sequences where the "anti-Americanism" starts.

  32. Mickorola
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    Years ago, when this film was still new, I saw a trailor for it on television. I loved it; it looked so quirky, and the animation was a treat for my eyes. I thought, I have to see that. Unfortunately, I hadn’t the foresite to copy the title to paper, nor had I memorized it. I didn’t think too much of it. I would just wait until the trailor showed again.

    That never happened. I gradually forgot about the movie and how badly I wanted to see it. But over time I would remember seeing the trailor, and my urge to see it again was rekindled. I was always so disapointed when I remembered that I had NOTHING to go on to find it.

    Then, last night, I ran across a small list of animated movie titles (on, of all things, a thread on the "Bolt" page, where I disturbedly watched people discuss the merits of including animal genetalia in animated features). I didn’t recognize one of the films, so I looked at them all. "Les Triplettes de Bellville" was the second one I looked up. At first I was simply awe-stricken with the look of the film, and the apparant strangeness exibited. Then I was taken aback to realise that it looked a lot like that film whose trailor I had seen years before.

    Well, I set about watching the trailor to the film I had just found, and I was convinced that it was the film whose title I was foolish enough not to write down.

    Now I can’t wait to buy a copy of the film. I’ve already watched the trailor on here three times — I just can’t take my eyes off! And since first watching the trailor, I have developed an unyielding intreest in older forms of entertainment (movies, music, dance). So now I have an entirely new interest in this film.

    "What did we do to deserve this? Were we those guys who killed Jesus in a past life?"

  33. weird_beard
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    …isn’t highbrow. Supertramp did it first and Spaceballs did it funnier.

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