The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
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Critic Reviews for The Triplets of Belleville
Just when Jeffrey Katzenberg had loudly declared the death of 2-D animation, along came this sly, inventively drawn cartoon that blew the cumbrous studio leviathans out of the water.
A winning blend of dark and bittersweet, aimed more at adults than kiddies, but suitable for all ages.
Relish the film's deadpan grotesquery, its flair for invention, be it the fanciful narrative segues or various object lessons...
It's impossible to watch this movie without gasping at its graphics, and yet we're so drawn into Chomet's way of seeing that, after a while, his genius erases the distinction between animation and live action.
Zee French, zay are different, non? Well, in this case, wonderfully so.
Audience Reviews for The Triplets of Belleville
A wonderful dialogue-free animation - funny, odd and enchanting - that relies on a superb artwork, a fabulous sound design and an enormous attention to its eccentric details, surreal touches, inventive scene transitions and extremely imaginative character traits.
Imaginative and completely engrossing. Chomet's animation is downright other-worldly. A must see.
A grandmother and a dog track a kidnapped bicyclist to New York City and free him with the help of a trio of elderly singers. Initially, it's difficult to enter the peculiar, nearly silent retro-world created by animator Sylvain Chomet---which is equal parts slapstick, surrealism, and French impressions of 1920s American gangster movies---but it's well worth the effort.
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