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.


Sylvain Chomet


Sylvain Chomet
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 39 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Claude Donda Jean-Claude Donda ... Le Géneral de Gaulle / Les commentateurs Sportifs / Le clochard / les Réclames (voice)
Dirk Denoyelle Dirk Denoyelle ... Les commentateurs Sportifs / Le clochard (Dutch version) (voice)
Monica Viegas Monica Viegas ... Madame Souza (voice)
Graziellia de Villa Graziellia de Villa ... Madame Souza (Englsh version) (voice)
Michel Robin ... 'Champion' adulte (voice)
Noël Baye Noël Baye ... 'Champion' adulte (English version) (voice)
Suzy Falk Suzy Falk ... Triplette (voice)
Michèle Caucheteux Michèle Caucheteux ... Triplet #3 (voice)
Nicole Shirer Nicole Shirer ... Triplette (voice)
Germaine Charest Germaine Charest ... Triplette (voice)
Helen Wambolt Helen Wambolt ... Triplette / Singing voice (voice)
Evelyn Snow Evelyn Snow ... Triplette / Singing voice (voice)
Ron Séguin Ron Séguin ... Triplette / Singing voice (voice)
Helga Van Der Heyden Helga Van Der Heyden ... Additional voice (voice) (as Helga Van der Heyden)
Jeron Amin Dewulf Jeron Amin Dewulf ... Additional voice (voice) (as Jeron Dewulf)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Among the anti-Disney riffs in the film are a Mickey-shaped turd in a toilet, and a wallet-picture of a character in Disneyland with a lollipop that says SUCKER. See more »


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 »


[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 »


References Siren of the Tropics (1927) See more »


Das wohltemperirte Clavier, Prelude no. 2 in C minor
(1722) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
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definitely Different
26 June 2004 | by Philby-3See all my reviews

This animated feature by Sylvain Chomet was seriously weird. The visuals were like no other movie I've seen and even now, weeks after I've seen it they still haunt my imagination. In structure the story is quite conventional – Madame Souza trains up her geeky grandson to be a top-line cyclist (a very French ambition) but while he is competing in the Tour de France he is abducted by criminals who remove him to `Belleville' on the other side of the Atlantic. M. Souza goes to find him and after many adventures…well, you know the rest. There's plenty of chasing about on Belleville's streets and freeways in very French looking vehicles that look like stretch limo versions of the immortal Citroen 2CV. Belleville itself is a curious amalgam of New York, Montreal and Paris, and seems to owe something to Fritz Lang's `Metropolis'.

The eponymous triplets are three former 30s singing stars now reduced to playing in cheap cafes, busking and eating frog's legs, of which Belleville seems to have an ample supply. They take M de Souza in and help her in her quest without any great benefit to themselves.

I did think it might help to appreciate this movie if you were French. There is virtually no dialogue (though plenty of singing) but there seem to be numerous references presumably satirical to various French national obsessions and preoccupations. What is the joke is not always clear to an outsider. Is there any significance in M Souza's originally being Portuguese? (She actually bears a close resemblance to the English cartoonist Giles's Grandma). Are top cyclist just nervy greyhounds with huge leg muscles? Do the French see themselves as svelte and Americans as all grossly obese? Are the French self-conscious about being typecast as frog-eaters? Are Citroen really planning a stretch limo version of the 2CV? I don't know, but then I don't need to.

Definitely different.

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Release Date:

13 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Triplets of Belleville See more »


Box Office


$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$108,080, 30 November 2003

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| (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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