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Sylvain Chomet (scenario)
David Freedman (dialogue)
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27 May 1998 (France) See more »
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James Pidgeon ... (voice) (as Jim Pidgeon)
Michoue Sylvain ... (voice)
Andrea Usher-Jones ... (voice)

Directed by
Sylvain Chomet 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sylvain Chomet  scenario
David Freedman  dialogue
Alan Gilbey  dialogue

Produced by
Pascal Blais .... associate producer
Didier Brunner .... executive producer: Europe
Didier Brunner .... producer
Michel Dutheil .... executive producer: Europe
Bernard Lajoie .... executive producer: Canada
Bernard Lajoie .... producer
Jean-Yves Martel .... executive producer: Canada
Colin Rose .... executive producer: BBC
Original Music by
Jean Corti 
Film Editing by
Chantal Colibert 
Hélène Girard 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denis Roy .... assistant director
Art Department
Sylvain Chomet .... storyboard artist
Nicolas de Crécy .... background artist
Evgeni Tomov .... assistant background artist
Sound Department
Michel B. Bordeleau .... supervising sound editor
Gavin Fernandes .... sound re-recording mixer
Sid Lieberman .... foley artist
Sylvie Masse .... sound editor
Sylvain Richard .... assistant sound editor
Visual Effects by
Eric Bolté .... visual effects coordinator
Denis Roy .... visual effects supervisor
Animation Department
Michel Bernard .... inbetween artist
Michel Carbonneau .... animator (as Carbo)
Mario Carmel .... assistant animator
Sylvain Chomet .... animation director
Sylvain Chomet .... animator
Serge Cicerone .... animator
Nicolas de Crécy .... background artist
Paul Desmarais .... inbetween artist
Christian Dion .... inbetween artist
Alain Dumais .... computer animator
Simon Dupuis .... assistant animator
Marisol Gagnon .... inbetween artist
Gérard T. Goulet .... animator
Jens Hahn .... animator
Daniel LaCroix .... assistant animator (as Daniel J. Lacroix)
Yat Chi Lau .... inbetween artist (as Yatchi-Lau)
Félix Lavallée .... inbetween artist
Pénélope Paicheler .... assistant animator
James Pidgeon .... inbetween artist (as Jim Pidgeon)
Kirk S. Sandiford .... inbetween artist
Joseph Siddiqi .... inbetween artist
Marc Simard .... inbetween artist
Somboun Souannhaphanh .... animator
Michel Therrien .... inbetween artist
Other crew
Claire Dame .... production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"La vieille dame et les pigeons" - Canada (original title)
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France:25 min | UK:21 min | Argentina:25 min

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A short trip before the Triplets, 15 October 2006
Author: FilmFlaneur from London

If you have ever wondered what Sylvain Chomet, the creator of Les Triplettes de Belleville did before that, then I can tell you: it's this, an entirely characteristic, shorter and considerably darker tale of pigeons and policemen, allied to a cruel dig at American tourists in Paris. The animator's Searle-like style is already fully formed and one or two of the beloved character types from Belleville (the dog, the diminutive mother) appear here too. Vieille Dame is not however merely a dry run for the fully fledged feature, more an extended taster of a unique talent. At only 20 mins it is still worth seeking out and is coupled on disc with three other animations laced with dark humour, although sadly not by Chomet. Only available from apparently as part of a 50 minute DVD, and without English subtitles - although as only one of the four animation uses language to any extent, and the lesser of these too, this is not a real problem. Recommended.

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