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The Triplets of Belleville

Art House & International movie directed by Sylvain Chomet

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I expected greatness. I didn't even think it was good.

  • Oct 18, 2004
I seem to be one of those rare folks who didn't like this at all. The first time I saw previews for it I thought it looked incredible. As it turned out, almost everything I liked about it was crammed into the preview. The rest of the movie felt like 70 minutes of filler as they riff on the same "jokes" over and over. As far as I am concerned, the single best scene of the whole movie is over and done with at about 2 or 3 minutes into the movie... the opening black and white scene is great.

It's definitely a creative movie...there's nothing else out there like it, so I can respect it on one level. It's just that I think it's painfully boring. I wouldn't want there to be anything else like it.

I thought the coolest character in the whole movie was the waiter. He was trippy. The barber is cool, too. As for all of the main characters... after the first shot of the 3 mobsters walking shoulder to shoulder, they wore thin. The Triplets themselves are utterly void of personality (after the first great scene) and their musical shtick is nothing more than a geriatric version of STOMP. Fifteen minutes into the movie I was ready for grandma, the bicyclist, and the dog to be killed. All those gangsters and none of them could blast holes into these three characters? Pity.

Having said all this, you should probably see it for yourself since most of the other reviewers think it's the greatest thing ever. Maybe you'll love it.

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September 19, 2010
Oh yes I do love it - for me this movie is a comic masterpiece.
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***1/2 out of ****     Good animated films are crafted skillfully. Great ones are made lovingly. Bad ones- and there aren't really many- are made by the imbeciles of the world who should not be working in this field of filmmaking to begin with. But that's just my opinion, as always.    "The Triplets of Belleville" is a very good animated feature that is indeed made with skill, and yes, much craft. It is as much of a feast for the eyes as it is for the imagination; …
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Words cannot capture the delights ofThe Triplets of Belleville, an astonishing animated movie from the mind of French director Sylvain Chomet. In fact, there are only a few spoken sentences in the entire film; most of the soundtrack is a mix of squeaks, barks, and the jazzy music of Benoit Charest. A bicyclist is kidnapped from the Tour de France by mysterious gangsters; his grandmother travels to the city of Belleville (which has a sardonic version of the Statue of Liberty in its harbor), where she tracks him down with the help of a musical trio gone to seed, the Belleville Triplets. This hand-drawn movie is unlike anything you'll see from Disney; every scene mixes the silent comedy of Jacques Tati and Buster Keaton--in which the world of objects subtly fights with living beings for mastery--and the bouncy hop of Betty Boop. Unique and mesmerizing.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Sylvain Chomet
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2004
Runtime: 78 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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