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The Triplets of Belleville -- When her bicycle-enthusiast grandson is kidnapped by mysterious henchmen, an old woman is aided in her search by her faithful dog and three eccentric divas.
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The Triplets of Belleville -- 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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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 » | Add synopsis »
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Béatrice Bonifassi ... Triplets (singing voice)
Lina Boudreau ... Triplets (voice)
Michèle Caucheteux ... (voice)
Jean-Claude Donda ... (voice)
Mari-Lou Gauthier ... Triplets (voice)
Charles Linton ... (singing voice) (as Charles Prévost Linton)

Michel Robin ... (voice)
Monica Viegas ... (voice)

Directed by
Sylvain Chomet 
Writing credits
Sylvain Chomet (written by)

Produced by
Didier Brunner .... producer
Paul Cadieux .... co-producer
Regis Ghezelbash .... associate producer
Colin Rose .... associate producer
Viviane Vanfleteren .... producer
Original Music by
Benoît Charest 
Film Editing by
Dominique Brune 
Chantal Colibert Brunner 
Dominique Lefever 
Production Design by
Evgeni Tomov 
Art Direction by
Thierry Million 
Production Management
François Bernard .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gérard T. Goulet .... assistant director
Art Department
Caroline Ardies .... background painter
Carlos Barrato .... background designer
Karyne Bergeron .... color design assistant
Kellie Devries .... background painter
Samuel Dhaussy .... background painter
Christophe Gautier .... background painter
Bruno Ghigou .... artistic supervisor
Grigor Kuzmanov .... background painter
Monica Langlois .... background painter
Alexei Nechytaylo .... background painter
Carole Roy .... color designer
Stanimir Stoilov .... background designer
Sound Department
Germain Boulay .... sound editor
Mathieu Cox .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric DeVos .... sound (as Eric De Vos)
Xavier Drouault .... foley artist
Alek Goosse .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Grattepain .... sound effects editor
Gert Janssen .... assistant sound editor
Marina Lerchs .... adr mixer
Samuel Mittelman .... additional sound
Henri Morelle .... sound
Alexis Oscari .... sound assistant
Stéphanie Perrin .... sound editor
Denis Prud'hon .... adr editor
Laurent Quaglio .... sound
Carl Van Brande .... sound supervisor
Griet Van Reeth .... sound
Special Effects by
Fernandez Cyril .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Christel Boyer .... digital compositor
Frédéric Dupuis .... 2D effects animator
Nicolas Ferrere .... 2D effects animation supervisor
Florian Fiebig .... 2D effects animator
Bruno Ghigou .... visual effects supervisor
Yann Hradecky .... digital effects
Rouja Koleva .... 2D effects animation supervisor
Julie Kuchlein .... 2D effects animator
Hugues Martel .... 2D effects animator
Dave W. Pelkey .... 2D effects animator
Simon Pelletier .... 2D effects animator
Raf Schoenmaekers .... digital compositor
Sofi Vaillant .... digital compositor
Pieter Van Houte .... cg and compositing supervisor
Alexis Venet .... 2D effects animator
Animation Department
Ilze Albekeite .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Caroline Ardies .... background painter
Isabelle Auclair .... assistant animator: "Mme. Souza"
Carlos Barrato .... background designer
Linda Best .... assistant animator: "Mme. Souza"
Jolanta Bigele .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Liena Bizune .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Ian Blum .... animator
Laura Bluma .... assistant animator: Rija Film Studio
Sean Branigan .... key animator
Michel Breton .... background designer
Stéphane Cartro .... assistant animator: "Bruno the Dog"
Lai Kin Chang .... assistant animator: title sequence
Sylvain Chomet .... animation director
Sylvain Chomet .... animator
Sylvain Chomet .... character designer
Kristine Cibulska .... inbetween supervisor: Rija Film Studio
Roberts Cinkuss .... animator: Rija Film Studio
Christelle Coopman .... clean-up artist: title sequence
Vanessa Crahay .... assistant animator: Studio Artdog
Fernandez Cyril .... animator
Antoine Dartige .... animator: "Champion"
Dace Darzniece .... animator: Rija Film Studio
Dirk de Loose .... animator: Studio Artdog
Kellie Devries .... background painter (as Kelly De Vries)
Samuel Dhaussy .... background painter
Diana Druke .... assistant animator: Rija Film Studio
Xavier Dujardin .... additional character designer
Xavier Dujardin .... animator: "Gangsters" and "Godfather"
Frédéric Dupuis .... assistant animator: "Gangsters" and "Godfather"
Paul Dutton .... additional animator: "The Triplettes"
Paul Dutton .... animator: "Gangsters" and "Godfather"
Joke Eycken .... animator: Studio Artdog
Florian Fiebig .... animator: "Bruno the Dog"
Dan Filippin .... animator
Benoît Féroumont .... lead animator: Studio Artdog
Christophe Gautier .... background painter
Olivier Goka .... animator: Studio Artdog
Gérard T. Goulet .... animation supervisor: title sequence
Gérard T. Goulet .... assistant animator: "Champion"
Gunta Gracinska .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Emmanuel Guille-Vuora .... animator: "Mme. Souza" (as Emmanuel Guille)
Marie-Laure Guisset .... animator: Studio Artdog
Jennifer Gustavsen .... assistant animator: "Bruno the Dog"
Jennifer Gustavsen .... inbetween artist
Iveta Hincenberga .... animator: Rija Film Studio
Diana Janele .... assistant animator: Rija Film Studio
Dina Jansone .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Elita Kanepe .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Nelda Karpenska .... animator: Rija Film Studio
Nelda Karpenska .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Laurent Kircher .... animator: "Champion" and "Morissot"
Elie Klimis .... assistant animator: Studio Artdog
Elie Klimis .... clean-up artist: title sequence
Rouja Koleva .... animator: "Mme. Souza"
Vineta Krastina .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Julie Kuchlein .... animator: "Mme. Souza"
Corinne Kuyl .... animator: Studio Artdog
Grigor Kuzmanov .... background painter (as Grigor Kouzmanov)
Monica Langlois .... background painter
Félix Lavallée .... inbetween artist
Tatjana Lebedeva .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Marianne Lebel .... assistant animator: "Mme. Souza"
Justin Lee .... assistant animator: "Gangsters" and "Godfather"
Angelo Libutti .... animator
Jean-Christophe Lie .... animator: "Rose"
Jean-Christophe Lie .... supervising animator: "The Triplettes"
Valentina Lietuviete .... animator: Rija Film Studio
Philippe Lockerby .... animator: "Gangsters" and "Godfather"
Dace Luce .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Pascal Maoloni .... assistant animator: Studio Artdog
Hugues Martel .... animator: "Blanche"
Dita Masena .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Parsla Maurina .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Benoît Milhorat .... assistant animator
Panayot Panayotov .... animator
Sarmite Pape .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Dave W. Pelkey .... assistant animator: "Mme. Souza" and "Bruno the Dog"
Simon Pelletier .... assistant animator: "Rose"
Indra Petraskevica .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Inga Praulina .... animation supervisor: Rija Film Studio
Laima Puntule .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Nicolas Quéré .... animator: "Mme. Souza"
Ilze Ruska .... animator: Rija Film Studio
Ringla Rutkovska .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Dace Saulite .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Aleksandrs Sehovcovs .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Anete Simanovska .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Marc Simard .... assistant animator: "Champion"
Liga Skirmane .... assistant animator: Rija Film Studio
Ieva Smite .... animator: Rija Film Studio
Stanimir Stoilov .... background designer
Gunta Sudraba .... assistant animator: Rija Film Studio
Jacqueline Swennen .... clean-up artist: title sequence
Aiga Tabaka .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Marina Trede .... assistant animator: Rija Film Studio
Marina Trede .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Yann Tremblay .... animator: "Bruno the Dog" and others
Patricia Vandevoorde .... assistant animator: title sequence
Patricia Vandevoorde .... clean-up artist: title sequence
Pieter Vanluffelen .... assistant animator: title sequence
Zhigang Wang .... animator: "Violette"
Éric Warin .... additional character designer
Éric Warin .... assistant animator
Bruno Wouters .... animator: title sequence
Dana Zagere .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Ilze Zalane .... assistant animator: Rija Film Studio
Linda Zepa .... assistant animator: Rija Film Studio
Taiga Zile .... animator: Rija Film Studio
Kristine Zvirbule .... inbetween artist: Rija Film Studio
Editorial Department
Peter Measroch .... post-production consultant (uncredited)
Music Department
Emmanuel Deletang .... music consultant
Thomas Dutronc .... musician: solo guitar
Paul Lavergne .... executive music producer
Luc Papineau .... music mixer
Christopher B.J. Smith .... musician: trombone and tuba
Other crew
Christopher Panzner .... post-production deal broker (as Christophe Panzner)
Sophie Tatischeff .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Les triplettes de Belleville" - France (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for images involving sensuality, violence and crude humor
Argentina:80 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente) | Canada:78 min
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Did You Know?

"Roberte Rivette", the accordionist who plays her instrument atop a truck while following the cyclists in the Tour de France, represents Yvette Horner, the mega-selling artist who still records albums and plays her accordeon to large crowds in France. Horner recently described her own experiences as very similar to those of "Roberte Rivette" in "Les Triplettes de Belleville": she continued playing her accordeon along the Tour de France route with a big smile as insects ceaselessly were caught in her teeth.See more »
Continuity: The odds on the chalkboard when cyclist #2 falls off his bike.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
Features Jour de Fete (1949)See more »
Mass in C minor, K427: KyrieSee more »


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44 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
intriguing animated film, 20 August 2004
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

'The Triplets of Belleville' is a strange, largely wordless animated feature by French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet. It tells the story of a sad and lonely young boy whose sweet and doting grandmother buys him a bicycle in the hopes that it will bring a sense of purpose to his life. It does, for as the years pass, the lad grows to become a competitive cyclist, thanks in large part to the tender encouragement and ministrations of this adoring, and, one must say, adorable woman. While he's taking part in the Tour de France, some Mafia henchmen kidnap the boy so they can use him for a bizarre and deadly gambling scheme. The majority of the film recounts the attempts by his intrepid grandmother and his unflaggingly loyal dog to track the youngster down and rescue him. Aiding them in this endeavor are the Triplets of Belleville, a trio of aging nightclub singers with some bizarrely French eating habits whom they encounter on their way.

Because the film employs almost no dialogue or voice-over narration, it is left mainly to the visuals to convey the storyline. For this purpose, Chomet relies almost exclusively on facial expressions and body language to spell out the major plot points. The film's unique look arises from its gross distortion of shape, line and form, particularly in regards to the human figures. The thin characters are spindly and angular almost to grotesqueness, while those who are overweight run to a corpulence of awe-inspiring proportions. And the Mafia figures bring new meaning to the term 'broad-shouldered.' But it isn't just the humans. The thin, needle-like skyscrapers rise to impossible heights, while an ocean liner's hull is stretched vertically to such an extent that we expect the ship to capsize from its preposterously un-seaworthy design at any moment.

The film is filled with moments of great imagination, as when it visualizes the black-and-white dreams of an aging dog, or when it turns the tables and shows us three cartoon characters laughing it up while watching some 'live action' characters on TV indulging in inane slapstick madness.

Like all fine animated films, 'The Triplets of Belleville' creates its own unique world, filled with images and sights we've never quite seen before. By eliminating speech as a means of storytelling, the filmmaker heightens the surrealistic tone of what is being shown on screen.

'The Triplets of Bellville' isn't a great film, but its uniqueness of vision and form makes it one well worth watching.

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