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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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

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (139) | Rotten (9)

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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