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The Triplets of Belleville (2003)



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

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French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet directs the animated feature The Triplets of Belleville. A young boy is raised by his grandmother, Madame Souza, in the French countryside. She buys him a bicycle and encourages his dream of winning the Tour de France. However, he gets kidnapped by a group of Mafia gangsters and taken to the big city of Belleville, where he is used for his bicycling prowess in an elaborate gambling scheme. Along with her faithful companion Bruno, Madame Souza sets out to rescue her grandson. They befriend a trio of aging musicians who were once the '30s jazz trio known as The Triplets of Belleville. Features an original jazz musical score by Benoît Charest. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for The Triplets of Belleville

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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…
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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 17, 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

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…

Audience Reviews for The Triplets of Belleville

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Imaginative and completely engrossing. Chomet's animation is downright other-worldly. A must see.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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