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Song and Silence: The Triplets of Belleville

By admin | September 24, 2013

“The Triplets of “Belleville” is an animated film released in 2003 by director Sylvain Comet. The storyline follows three elderly sisters who have retired from the vaudeville scene. These musical ladies befriend another elderly lady searching for her kidnapped cyclist grandson. The movie has very little dialogue. Instead, the movie relies on song and dance routines to convey the plotline. The quirky nature and convoluted storyline captured audiences worldwide who fell in love with the jazz music and unique heroines. Professional reviewers were equally charmed, and French Animation suddenly had a wider, more receptive audience. Past years have seen other Academy Award nominated French animated films such as “The Illusionist”, a melancholy dream of a movie. “A Cat in Paris”, “Arthur 3″ and “Santa’s Apprentice” were received well by critics and audiences alike. In 2011 a slew of French animated films were released. “The Rabbi’s Cat”, “Cinderella 3-D” and “The Boy with The Cuckoo-Clock Heart” are French films to keep an eye out for. Although the style of French animated movies is more subtle and understated than offerings from Pixar or Disney, web site, the film lover will surely find one or more films to be a new family favorite.

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The Triplets of Belleville: A Love Letter to Cinema

By admin | June 8, 2013

The Triplets of Belleville is a film about films. The cinema of bygone days is lovingly referenced and recreated. The entire movie is steeped in the history of the craft, and the director Syvain Chomet uses the movie reels, hilarious musical numbers, and bicycle race footage of the past to help create the world of Belleville.

Even the characters themselves are immersed in the diegetic world of the cinema of Belleville. For example, Champion is fooled by the mafia with movies of the Tour de France, which he is incapable of Read the rest of this entry »

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The Many Influences of The Triplets of Belleville

By admin | April 15, 2013

The Triplets of Belleville is a product of a truly international culture of animation. There are antecedents from across the world to be found in the film and the making of the film. Japanese, American, Eastern European, and Korean animation all had contributions to make to the Triplets of Belleville. But the real roots of the film are found close to home. Triplets is a proudly French film, and the legends of French animation are Read the rest of this entry »

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How Belleville SHOULD Have Redefined Animation

By admin | January 6, 2013

The Triplets of Belleville is something truly special. If you haven’t had a chance to see it and you claim to love animation, then you should be hitting up Amazon or, if you get tvbydirect.com movie channels, see if you can find it on demand somewhere.

One of the first things you will notice about this film is the surprising lack of dialogue. Unlike a lot of American movie animations, The Triplets is devoid of any kind of expository dialogue or hand-holding. Rather, you are thrust into the imaginative, colorful and darkly bizarre world of the film.

Some people who are raised on nothing but Disney often make humorous criticisms about the animation style including the fact that it’s ugly or it feels like an acid trip. Let me ask you something though, you ever see an old Felix the Cat cartoon?

I’m talking black and white where the dialogue was text on a screen!

All kinds of ugly and creepy character designs ran rampant back then and it wasn’t any big deal because people were focused on what the characters did instead of how they look. There is a kind of bizarre, superficial trend in animation today and it’s a real shame considering the amount of polish a cartoon gets has taken overwhelming precedence over the actual quality and fluidity of the animation.

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The French Animation New Wave – The Triplets of Belleville

By admin | June 21, 2012

Telling a story through song pantomime may seem a bit unconventional but this unique style allowed The Triplets of Belleville to receive two nominations for Academy Awards. When screened at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, it got high praise for its uncommon animation style and storyline. This charming story has gorgeous animation that really has something for everyone.

Directed by Sylvain Chomet, this film reveals the tale of Madame Souza that is striving to rescue her grandson that was taken by the French mafia. The Triplets Read the rest of this entry »

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The Triplets of Belleville and the Influences of Jazz

By www.bellevillerendezvous.com | June 19, 2012

Jazz is not a conventionally popular form of music anymore. However, many people still listen to and love the smooth sounds of jazz. The Triplets of Belleville revisits the magic of the jazz era and introduces many young audiences to the music for the first time. The movie centers on a grandmother trying to find her kidnapped grandson with the help of a dog and the old singing group called the Triplets of Belleville. The critically acclaimed movie is heavily Read the rest of this entry »

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Jazz and The Triplets of Belleville

By admin | June 17, 2012

Jazz is the music of life. It has a poppy, bouncy, happy side to it that simply can’t be erased. There is something about good jazz that implies good animation. Benoit Charest, the Quebecois musician who created the score, found his jazz music interwoven with the film at every step. His music was used as one of the primary inspirations for the animation style of the film. Sylvain Chomet, the director of the film, said that, “when we heard this music, it was so inspiring for the animators. There’s a lot of Ben’s own Read the rest of this entry »

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The Wonderful World of The Triplets of Belleville

By admin | June 13, 2012

One of the most wonderful unique animated films ever made is “The Triplets of Belleville.” A simple and well told story with very little dialogue and a few song scattered throughout is magnificently relayed through action and animation. A loving grandmother realizes that her only grandson is obsessed with bicycles so she buys him one and becomes his coach. As an adult, he is contender in the Tour de France and his grandmother is still his biggest fan. In the middle of the race, some of the riders are kidnapped by villains and taken to Belleville. The grandmother along with Read the rest of this entry »

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The Triplets of Belleville and the Rise of French Animation

By www.bellevillerendezvous.com | June 10, 2012

“The Triplets of Belleville” is an animated film released in 2003 by director Sylvain Comet. The storyline follows three elderly sisters who have retired from the vaudeville scene. These musical ladies befriend another elderly lady searching for her kidnapped cyclist grandson. The movie has very little dialogue. Instead, the movie relies on song and dance routines to convey the plotline. The quirky nature and convoluted storyline captured audiences worldwide who fell in love with the jazz music and unique heroines. Professional reviewers were equally charmed, and French Animation suddenly had a wider, more receptive audience.
Past years have Read the rest of this entry »

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