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.
Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.
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
The song performed by Madame Souza in the piano is called Uma Casa Portuguesa (A Portuguese House), and was originally performed by Amália Rodrigues, the queen of Fado music. See more »
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 »
Is that it, then? Is it over, do you think? What have you got to say to Grandma?
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There is a short continuation of the scene where the old lady and the dog hire the pedalo for 20 mins after the credits. It shows the owner continuing to wait for them to return, despite the fact that it has been several weeks since they rented the boat. See more »
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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