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The Triplets of Belleville-Movie Review 10/02/2010

Posted by Films to consider in Animated, French language film, Movies.

The Triplets of Belleville (French/Animation) 2004

Nominated, Best Animated Feature; Best Original Song (Belleville Rendez-vous), Academy Awards

Written and directed by Sylvain Chomet

Hold onto your hat while watching this charmingly unusual animated film, or, better yet, take it off altogether.

A young boy being raised by his grandmother is only pulled out of his doldrums when given a tricycle. Eventually Champion, as he is called, graduates to a bicycle and soon is in training for the Tour de France. His grandmother, Madame Souza, is his taskmaster, and a very effective one she is. But not everyone wants Champion to win . . .

Using very little dialogue, a full and engaging plot unfolds. Every nuance of emotion, every gesture contributes to the story (a good lesson for the writers among us). Be prepared for: great contraptions (love the Rube Goldberg-like devices); interesting music (the songs will stick in your head); an absolutely ridiculous chase scene (what the heck – it’s a cartoon!).

After seeing this film, you’ll thoroughly understand the following request: Please, if you invite me to your house for dinner, do not serve frog legs. Vive les grenouilles, mais pas sur mon assiette!

78 min.; PG-13 (too scary for little ones)


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