The Triplets of Bellville: © Sony Pictures Classics
William Stevenson
May 07, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Triplets of Belleville

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
80 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/26/03
director
Sylvain Chomet
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Sylvain Chomet
genre
Comedy, Animation

We gave it an A

From its bravura opening (featuring the zippy Oscar-nominated song ”Belleville Rendez-vous”) to its sweet finale, Sylvain Chomet’s beguiling labor of love The Triplets of Belleville is magnifique. The French director supervised armies of animators in Paris, Brussels, and Montreal over five years to create the most impressive and inventive hand-drawn movie in recent memory. ”Belleville” tells the tale of an implacable cyclist (a tour de force Tour de France sequence is a high point), his devoted grandma, and their devoted dog. And then there’s the swingin’ trio of sassy old crones who make jazz using household appliances and feast on frogs.

EXTRAS An odd music video is a bit too French, but two featurettes offer glimpses of the animation process. Chomet’s accent is so thick, his interviews could use subtitles (which the film doesn’t need, since there’s virtually no dialogue).

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