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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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CastMichel Robin, Michele Caucheteux, Mari-Lou Gauthier, Lina Boudreau, BĂ©atrice Bonifassi
DirectorSylvain Chomet
DVD Release Date:  May 4, 2004
Runtime:  78 minutes
Studio:  Sony Pictures
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review by . May 28, 2011
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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; …
review by . October 18, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
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' …
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