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The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
"Les triplettes de Belleville" (original title)

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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.

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The story of how the Triplets of of Belleville formed their song-and-dance act.

Director: Sylvain Chomet
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Credited cast:
Béatrice Bonifassi ...
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Lina Boudreau ...
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Michèle Caucheteux ...
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Jean-Claude Donda ...
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Mari-Lou Gauthier ...
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Charles Linton ...
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Monica Viegas ...
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Madame Souza, an elderly woman, instills in her grandson Champion (for who she acts as his guardian) a love of cycling. As a young man, he does become a dedicated road racer with his grandmother as his trainer. During a mountainous leg of the Tour de France in which Champion is racing, he goes missing. Evidence points to him being kidnapped. Indeed, he and two of his competitors were kidnapped, the kidnappers who want to use the threesome's unique skills for nefarious purposes. With Champion's overweight and faithful pet dog Bruno at her side, Madame Souza goes looking for Champion. Their trek takes them overseas to the town of Belleville. Without any money, Madame Souza and Bruno are befriended and taken in by three eccentric elderly women, who were once the renowned jazz singing group The Triplets of Belleville. The triplets help Madame Souza and Bruno try to locate and rescue Champion. Written by Huggo

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Rated PG-13 for images involving sensuality, violence and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$108,080 (USA) (28 November 2003)

Gross:

$7,002,255 (USA) (2 July 2004)
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(Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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1.66 : 1
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There is also an animated caricature of dancer/singer/performer Josephine Baker, a black American entertainer who left the U.S. in the 1920s because of the virulent racism she encountered and became a tremendous star in Europe. She was very big in Paris and often appeared in shows half-nude, as she did in this film. See more »

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When the two waiters are running to the Mafia in the restaurant, the left-hand waiter's hair color is black, but in the next take his hair is gray. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Madame Souza: Is that it, then? Is it over, do you think? What have you got to say to Grandma?
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After the credits have rolled we see the Pedalo rent guy waiting on the beach, looking out to sea and checking his wrist watch. See more »

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References Magnolia (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Belleville Rendezvous
Music by Benoît Charest
Lyrics by Sylvain Chomet
Performed by Matthieu Chedid (as -M-)
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Pixar yes, but here's OTHER Animation
5 November 2004 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

What a wonderful gem of work this is, and I am glad that it was done RECENTLY.

In a time when Pixar is setting the standard for "animation", here comes a film that makes you remember why you liked animation in the first place. This is a wonderful technique film, a study of art film, an abstract film, a joy to watch. The story might be a bit complicated for most to keep up but the beauty of it is - it's complexity. The grandmother was wonderful as well as the dog and the cyclist -- but what blew me away was the overdrawn charatures of the characters.

And there will be no more "frogs" for me, ladies! :)

A deserved USA Oscar nomination. In a Pixar world, bring on more like these to keep the balance too!


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