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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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Cast

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$143,762, 30 November 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,002,255, 4 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 bonus footage on the DVD of this film, the director, Sylvain Chomet, indicates that he tried to imitate the stance and walk of tall basketball stars in the triplets. See more »

Goofs

The odds on the chalkboard when cyclist #2 falls off his bike. 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

References They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Das wohltemperirte Clavier, Prelude no. 2 in C minor
(1722) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
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Pixar yes, but here's OTHER Animation
5 November 2004 | by 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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