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The Triplets of Belleville (2003)

Les triplettes de Belleville (original title)
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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Cast

Credited cast:
Béatrice Bonifassi ...
Triplets (singing voice)
Lina Boudreau ...
Triplet #1 (voice)
Michèle Caucheteux ...
Triplet #3 (voice)
Jean-Claude Donda ...
(voice)
Mari-Lou Gauthier ...
Triplet #2 (voice)
Charles Linton ...
(singing voice) (as Charles Prévost Linton)
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Old Champion (voice)
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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Rated PG-13 for images involving sensuality, violence and crude humor | See all certifications »

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13 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$572,207 (France) (20 June 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

In the beginning of the movie, when they're watching TV, there's an equation in the bottom of the screen. These are Albert Einstein's Field Equations and represent the gravitational effects produced by a given mass. See more »

Goofs

When Madame Souza, pretending to be blind, is following the mechanic, she approaches a junction where there is a fire hydrant, a newspaper vending machine and a pedestrian crossing. In the next shot, all have vanished. 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

Belleville Rendezvous
Music by Benoît Charest
Lyrics by Sylvain Chomet
Performed by Matthieu Chedid (as -M-)
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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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