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The Triplets of Belleville

The Triplets of Belleville

2003
Comedy, Drama
1h 20m
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. (imdb)
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The Triplets of Belleville

2003
Comedy, Drama
1h 20m
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Rated 19 Jan 2012
10
96th
It's entirely pantomime and dog barks so you'd think this would be boring. Not at all. It's fantastic. and it's fantastic because it feeds off of its medium and does things live-action simply cannot. Just look at how demented the humans are in this movie. Everything is twisted and bones and spines curve unnaturally and mafia dons look like walking dominoes. Great animation. Oh, and Bruno the dog's surreal dreams are hilarious. He might be the best character, actually..
Rated 26 Apr 2009
45
85th
There are numerous animated movies that simply do not need to be animated in that they don't make the most of the medium. This is the epitome of a film that THRIVES on its animation. The subtle (or not so subtle) exaggerations that can't be done in live-action: brilliant "acting" from human and non-human "actors", the unique visual composition of waiters, mechanics and mafia dons that produces ocean deep characters with zero dialogue. This is how animation should be done.
Rated 06 Aug 2007
80
91st
Wow, this is great. Is Chomet going to be the European Miyazaki? Not only is the animation similar, it's also similar to Miyazaki's work in how imaginatively odd it is, how nothing's obvious, how complex it is, and of course, the old ladies. Bruno is the most endearing, touching, poetic, overall best animated dog I've ever seen in my life, and the music is excellent too. I was disappointed that the ending slumped into tired cliches, but I guess you can't have everything, can you?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Apsolutely lovely animation. I have no words to describe how it got me! More than original movie!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
88th
I absolutely loved this movie. Though odd at times, it is strangely inviting.
Rated 30 Nov 2008
88
87th
Pure joy. If you don't like this, I don't think I want to know you.
Rated 06 Apr 2009
90
79th
weird plot, crazy drawings, just great.liked the style from the beginning, even the music is something special.
Rated 10 Sep 2008
87
85th
If only more films were this artistic and daring. Almost unbearable pathos is created in fractions of a second, with seemingly no effort. The same goes for joy.
Rated 14 Dec 2006
82
85th
Great animation, great music, interesting plotline, overall, a good movie
Rated 22 Dec 2006
94
93rd
Fun, funny, and bizarre.
Rated 25 Dec 2006
92
88th
Just plain fun.
Rated 07 Feb 2007
74
61st
It's very French.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
79th
Amazing what can be done without dialog. Great sound design and animation.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
71st
Wonderful animated film from France. Weird but damned cool.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
77th
It's animation, it's film noir, it's action, it's fantastic !!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
92nd
The character design is absolutely insane.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
54th
Very cool art style, very original. The climax is hampered by an inappropriately subdued score, but otherwise I liked it.
Rated 04 Apr 2008
70
88th
No money, no hamburgers.
Rated 28 Jun 2008
70
78th
makes me want to fish for frogs with dynamite.
Rated 15 Dec 2008
90
94th
Rewatched June 2018. Still crazy after all these years. Such a joy.
Rated 04 Feb 2009
85
87th
I have legs that are as huge as that in the film and yes, I do gets lots of women and put their heads between them in a nutcracker like fantasy.
Rated 19 Jul 2009
2
0th
I enjoy foreign films, but the Triplets of Belleville is in my opinion the textbook example of why people often dislike foreign films. It is jejune, contrived, and tedious at its best and at worst it is a repulsive and malignant stain on the current state imported cinema. Not having dialogue and using animation is not "original" and the few "original" bits are too post-modern. Its widespread praise is more the result of naiveté and pretentiousness than any artistic achievement.
Rated 13 Apr 2010
82
67th
To bylo juz jakis czas temu, ale za caloksztalt duzy plus...
Rated 02 Sep 2010
88
96th
Brilliant animation, I can't remember another cartoon where the caricaturisation was done to such over-the-top extremes. And yet, some of the character animation, for example the dog, captured more reality than drawings have a right to. It's fantastic. I also loved the film being packed with French traditions and culture and having loads of tiny details in the background rounding out its authenticity. The finale felt a little rushed, but bonus points for the totally wacky and unpredictable plot.
Rated 02 May 2011
80
79th
A gnomish grandma and a fat dog engage on a mission to save a bike-riding young man from the mob, picking up the help of old dancing/singing/music-making/frog-loving old ladies along the way. If you're not interested already, chances are you are a boring, sad person. The highlights here are the animation and the stunning art direction, every scene is detailed and beautiful, and, most importantly, the film looks like no other.
Rated 22 Aug 2014
90
85th
Delightfully bizarre. The fact that it tells a coherent story without dialog or intertitles, and instead relies solely on the imagery is astounding. There should be more stuff like this.
Rated 10 Feb 2015
3
45th
Pretty neat, drawing inspiration from Tati in its oblong visual schemes and pantomime comedy (and duly noted by an M. Hulot's Holiday poster hanging in the triplets' apartment).
Rated 01 Jun 2015
63
45th
I feel like there's something being communicated here that didn't come across for me. The animation is good, if sometimes confusing in its stylistic choices. There are some nicely emotional moments, as in the slow scene post-training towards the beginning. But there are so many "why"s. Why the old-timey racism at the beginning? Why the frogsicles? Why the triplets themselves? I feel like there's a deep thematic link that I'm missing, and I'm not sure if that's my fault or the movie's.
Rated 05 Dec 2006
80
48th
Quirky film reminescent of Max Fleisher films. Trippy and fun animated feature.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
56
10th
It's ok but but I was never interested. If I had known it was supposed to be more of a visual experience with a threadbare narrative and pretty much no dialogue I might have viewed it differently.
Rated 04 Jan 2007
80
61st
Cool stuff. I'd like to describe it as Miyazaki meets Jeunet, specifically Delicatessen. It's totally original and unusual, though, and the animation is delightful. I was rather surprised by the deep, unsettling sadness that I felt pervaded large parts of the film, as for some reason I thought it would be much cheerier. But I'm glad it was the way it is.
Rated 19 Jan 2007
73
45th
The opening song was so catchy and its animation so stylish, that the repetitiveness of the rest of the movie was a disappointment.
Rated 24 Jul 2007
90
93rd
Best animated feature I've seen in a while.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
41st
A well animated and creative, but often off and a little mean spirited.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
34th
Wasn't really sure what I was watching.... Great animation though.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
18th
This one just kinda weirded me out.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
76th
Great little piece of Frenc animation with no dialogue. The MUSIC is the star here.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
75th
Marvelous
Rated 14 Aug 2007
96
96th
Bizarre movie to say the least, one of the most inventive and creative animated features to come out in a long time. Incidentally, the "Cabaret Hoover" number is actually performed on newspaper, refrigerator, bicycle wheel, and vacuum cleaner.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
86th
A manic, fascinatingly original animated film, plunging into the dreams and fantasies of a house-dog and his endless devotion to his family.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
39th
Quirky, odd and utterly charming
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
50th
only wordless movie i've seen. fun, not a minute of boredom.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
54th
Really interesting animated flick.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
92nd
very strange, very interesting. i wasn't entirely comfortable with the satirical portrayal of america, but i believe a bias existed with the filmmakers. it was awesome anyways.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
15
1st
I understand that it was trying to be special and artsy. However, I also understand that it failed.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
67th
great soundtrack, brilliant animation. with a kind of hand drawn feel that is reminiscent of pre-code days.
Rated 16 Aug 2007
75
77th
+ recommended :: Very interesting style... although I was tired of the song before I started watching.
Rated 12 Sep 2007
88
65th
As compared to most movies, and animation, this moves fairly slow, but I think that was the desired effect. I've never seen anything quite like it, and despite its plodding nature, I keep coming back.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
70
63rd
Interesting film.
Rated 24 Sep 2007
80
85th
Fascinating animation about a woman's journey to the big city on a rescue mission. She travels alone but for her faithful dog companion and along the way meets all sorts of interesting characters. Not your usual Saturday morning animation.
Rated 07 Feb 2008
75
58th
Wonderful to see how foreign animation is so much more minimalist in its approach. The singing trio was fabulous!
Rated 22 Mar 2008
70
39th
Beautiful animation and a wierd, but ultimately prosaic story. Eh. The song's good, though.
Rated 28 May 2008
91
81st
Inherently silly and weird, you got to love the French for it.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
80
61st
It's pretty fun to watch but maybe not more than once
Rated 03 Jun 2008
90
60th
Charming. Beautiful animation with a unique style.
Rated 02 Jul 2008
89
95th
Refreshing!
Rated 09 Jul 2008
15
0th
Excellent music. The animation was nifty, but the movie itself was depressing and strange and rather a waste of my time. I do like the soundtrack, though.
Rated 12 Jul 2008
79
73rd
Very unusual French musical animation with sparse dialogue, if it even had any, and some extremely endearing characters. The animation is engrossing, too.
Rated 26 Jul 2008
65
44th
Cute little French animation.
Rated 12 Oct 2008
83
77th
Adorable, even though there are only about three lines of dialogue.
Rated 24 Apr 2009
65
14th
I can't say why, but I didn't care for this. Something about it just didn't sit right with me. I say this because I'm not giving it a 65 for being a not-so-great film, necessarily, just one that I didn't like. Most people do, so give it a shot.
Rated 26 May 2009
87
96th
This Was So Cool Animation, I Like Very Much
Rated 05 Jun 2009
71
85th
Sylvain Chomet lets his imagination run wild. It's bizarre, surreal film, mixing various styles of animation. With lots of funny references and satire.
Rated 15 Jul 2009
80
51st
Gorgeously animated and lushly scored but actually a bit boring.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
80
83rd
Brilliant storytelling. Strongly recommended.
Rated 11 Oct 2009
40
9th
I like the music but the story was very, meh.
Rated 13 Oct 2009
85
92nd
Original and surreal in a none-more-french way...
Rated 13 Oct 2009
100
99th
There are no words...
Rated 28 Oct 2009
70
65th
Almost without dialogues, and showing situations common, but one of the best contemporary animation. The scene of paddle boat is magnificent!
Rated 08 Dec 2009
60
68th
3/5
Rated 19 Dec 2009
82
76th
Interesting film, imaginative cartoon style. The plot is a little bit hard to get into but nevertheless the characters are loveable. The music and the film itself were nominated for an Oscar.
Rated 07 Jan 2010
83
58th
This movie is pure, and great, style. The story wears a little thin and the ending falls flat, but its aesthetic holds it up very well and it's simply a joy to watch.
Rated 15 Jan 2010
100
98th
pure gold. pure, pure gold. amazing visuals, amazing music.
Rated 10 Mar 2010
75
63rd
Weird and fascinating.
Rated 09 May 2010
95
97th
I just love when something like pops up - stories told with elegance and charm, even without a word being said. A true cartoon, also historically, is to me those that can tell a story in pictures only, and do not rely on silly jokes as many of Disney's do. It's so original and well thought-out, down to the very last detail. Cartoon-lovers MUST see this.
Rated 29 Jun 2010
6
95th
Awesomely wacky stuff.
Rated 25 Jul 2010
88
69th
Glorious!
Rated 28 Jul 2010
80
88th
One of a kind. Funny, surreal, dark and gloomy, it effortlessly provokes heartfelt laughter, genuine sadness and a sense of suspense and wonder. It's a vivid, imaginative tale teeming with memorable characters and striking imagery. The theme song is great, the animation is amazing and the transitions from scene to scene are creative and fun. Perhaps even more laudably, it manages to convey so much - dejection, dreams, fears, determination, defiance - with almost no dialogue at all.
Rated 05 Sep 2010
50
8th
Really found this to be one of the dullest films i've seen in a long time. Maybe I wasn't in the right mood, but I just couldn't enjoy it at all.
Rated 27 Oct 2010
78
60th
a naive minimalist animation with great storytelling
Rated 08 Nov 2010
35
90th
"The city of Belleville is like some nocturnal amalgam of Paris and New York, on the edge of a vast sea and of the world itself." - Joshua Vasquez
Rated 02 Jan 2011
90
92nd
90.000
Rated 28 Mar 2011
70
71st
Great creative animations (Loved the slow-mo of the dog barking at the train) and a funny heartwarming story... Personally, I prefer Chomet's The Illusionist...
Rated 08 Sep 2011
75
83rd
Absolutely charming. I was ready to rate it near perfect 30 minutes in, but once the triplets show up . . . ugh. They are so annoying and disgusting that it nearly ruins the film. That aside, Chomet's style is so whimsical and nostalgic that it's impossible not to be taken in by it. Lovely film.
Rated 19 Jan 2012
7
88th
Bruno: great dog or the greatest dog?
Rated 20 Feb 2012
75
70th
Loved it.
Rated 27 May 2012
80
21st
The type of grotesque type of animation with a very different type of hero and funny parts that make you chuckle. This would make cyclist laugh their heads of, most definitely, if they are true cyclists, because the entire focus of the young man who should be saved was on cycling. His loving grandmother was the most supporting and loving person I've seen--even with her annoying whistle :). A strange scene of the fantastic, will definitely give you a breath of fresh of for something different.
Rated 02 Jul 2012
10
15th
Nice art, but what the hell was that about? Terrible sound throughout.
Rated 15 Mar 2013
90
93rd
The Triplets of Belleville is wonderfully weird and fascinating
Rated 20 May 2014
86
77th
Hollyfood*
Rated 28 Dec 2014
67
65th
a worthy addition to the "respect your elders" cartoon canon
Rated 11 Jan 2015
82
56th
I have mixed feelings about the animation style - it's the creepy kind, but it really does the trick.
Rated 05 May 2015
70
52nd
It's a highly creative and surreal movie. The animation and the music are great. I was disappointed in the ending.
Rated 23 Sep 2015
2
16th
Great animation, if not senselessly over-stylized. The deus ex machina ending is just one of many things that make me cringe. Other than the quirky animation, which loses appeal very quickly, there isn't much anything I can say positively about this movie. If it weren't for that honestly I think I'd give it a 0.
Rated 21 Dec 2015
75
63rd
The unique animation style and storytelling techniques really sell this movie, even if the plot isn't really the best. That damn song has been stuck in my head ever since I watched the opening scene.
Rated 28 Jun 2016
84
84th
Welp, it was certainly unique. The art, the... story. A nice mix of animation styles, and it was somewhat shocking the first time I watched it, not knowing what to expect.
Rated 29 Aug 2017
0
0th
Why poke at the audience with constant grating noises and grotesque visuals? A real fist-baller, this one.
Rated 02 Nov 2017
50
17th
A lot of the quirkiness worked for me. I appreciate the attention to detail and ability to move a story with no dialogue. The music is great. The grandmother and the dog are good characters. The grandson seems labotomized but is strangely mesmerizing. However, the animation, which so many found "beautiful" is simply ... ugly. Yes, I watched the whole film with an open mind and I couldn't get over the visual ugliness. Also, the final 20 minutes is a little too randomwacky to satisfy.
Rated 24 Oct 2020
90
95th
The Triplets of Belleville: "Swinging Belleville rendez-vous."
Rated 10 Jan 2021
91
89th
Famous animation, which was nominee of Oscar and lost to Finding Nemo. Animation is mostly meant for adults as it presents themes what belong to adults world, including topless dancing. Its also not colored as some lollipop and basically mocking everything what adults too. Great stuff.

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