The Triplets of Belleville 2003

The Triplets of Belleville

Critics Consensus

Richly detailed and loaded with surreal touches, The Triplets of Belleville is an odd, delightful charmer.

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This animated film follows elderly Frenchwoman Madame Souza as she becomes involved in international intrigue when her grandson, Champion, a professional cyclist, is kidnapped and taken abroad. Joined by her faithful dog, Bruno, Souza embarks on a journey to find Champion, and stumbles across unlikely allies in the form of three sisters who are veterans of the vaudeville stage. Tracking down Champion's criminal captors, the quartet of old women use their wits to try and win the day.

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Michèle Caucheteux
Voice
Mari-Lou Gauthier
Triplets
Voice
Lina Boudreau
Voice
Paul Cadieux
Co-Producer
Benoît Charest
Music
Dominique Brune
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Chantal Colibert Brunner
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Critic Reviews for The Triplets of Belleville

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (141) | Rotten (9)

  • The tone of this droll, thrillingly odd animated film isn't easy to describe...A tad dark for little kids, this one-of-a-kind movie delivers 80 minutes of idiosyncratic inspiration.

    March 12, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • A wonderfully weird bit of French animation that amounts to little but a celebration of its creator's bountiful imagination, yet manages to enthrall because writer-director Sylvain Chomet is such a solid visual storyteller.

    January 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 16, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Vous guessed it by now: Triplettes is terrific.

    September 4, 2008 | Full Review…
  • A winning blend of dark and bittersweet, aimed more at adults than kiddies, but suitable for all ages.

    July 22, 2008

    Lisa Nesselson

    Variety
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  • Relish the film's deadpan grotesquery, its flair for invention, be it the fanciful narrative segues or various object lessons...

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Triplets of Belleville

  • Jul 21, 2017
    An inventive bit of 2D imagineering all about how a grandma cares for her grandchild. The ending is not as strong as the wonderful opening but it manages to sustain interest.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2015
    A wonderful dialogue-free animation - funny, odd and quite enchanting - that relies on a superb artwork and fabulous sound design, paying an enormous attention to its eccentric details, surreal touches, inventive scene transitions and extremely imaginative character traits.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2013
    A surreal, hilarious, and gorgeously animated movie, The Triplets of Belleville will charm you into submission and acts as a wonderful reminder that truly original movies still exist. It tells the story of Madame Souza, a grandmother whose son is kidnapped by the French mafia whilst biking in the Tour de France. Mme Souza, along with her lovably lazy dog Bruno and three aging singers known as The Triplets of Belleville, will stop at nothing to save her son from his kidnappers. The movie is so much fun to watch, with a unique sense of humor and many moments of creative genius, including two or three scenes that show Bruno's dreams that often involve trains, which he holds a lasting grudge against after his tail was run over by a toy train when he was a puppy. In all honesty, I can't imagine how someone could dislike a movie like this; there's so much to enjoy about it, from the beautifully simple 2D animation to the near constant strangeness to the wonderful deadpan sense of humor. The Triplets of Belleville is so daring, so creative, and so thoroughly entertaining that it's easy to fall in love with. This is the kind of movie that you can watch over and over again without ever getting tired of it, and the kind that deserves to be seen and shared with others.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2012
    Wonderfully imaginative and far more of a positive effort than the creators' more recent Illusionist which just sucks the belief out of you by the end. A fabulous unique cartooning style that dazzles the senses.
    John B Super Reviewer

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