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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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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 ...
(singing voice) (as Charles Prévost Linton)
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Monica Viegas ...
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Storyline

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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dog | mafia | tour de france | france | boy | See more »

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Animation | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 June 2003 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Triplets of Belleville  »

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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Trivia

Also appearing in the starting black and white part of the movie, appears French singer Charles Trenet (1913-2001) with his eyes wide open as he used to do when acting in cabarets. See more »

Goofs

Near the End, where the Triplets and Souza are going across the bay over the bridge, you see a ship passing under it into the harbour. However, when the Mafia goes over the edge into the funnel of the ship, It is leaving the harbour, not entering it. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Featured in 100 Greatest Cartoons (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Das wohltemperirte Clavier, Prelude no. 2 in C minor
(1722)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
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Should Put Disney Out of Its Misery
20 May 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This feature animation puts Disney to shame for all its brain-dead, middle-of-the-road, theme park-oriented, schmaltzy, claptrap nonsense that's popular with the masses in this world. Beyond the fact that this animation is all of stunning, beautiful, thought-provoking, funny, artistic and frightening enough to make anyone with talent doubt their worth, "Les Triplettes de Belleville" happily refuses to assault its audience with mind-numbing, cloying, useless, overrated, saccharin, and trashy music and songs by the likes of Elton John and Andrew Lloyd Weber. (How's that for hyphenating) It achieves as much as, if not more than, what Jacques Tati could do with real actors. It should make anyone who ever thought a stuffed animal or "Happy Birthday" balloons was tasteful, crawl into a corner where they belong.


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