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The Triplets of Belleville

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Sylvain Chomet

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Plot Summary

Adopted by his grandmother, Madame Souza, Champion is a lonely little boy. Noticing that this lad is never happier than on a bicycle, Madame Souza puts him through a rigorous training process. Years go by and Champion becomes worthy of his name. Now he is ready to enter the world-famous cycling race, the Tour de France. However during this cycling contest two mysterious men in black kidnap Champion. Madame Souza and her faithful dog Bruno set out to rescue him. Their quest takes them across the ocean to a giant Megalopolis called Belleville where they encounter the renowned "Triplets of Belleville", three eccentric female music-hall stars from the 30's who decide to take Madame Souza and Bruno under their wing. Thanks to Bruno's brilliant sense of smell, the brave duo are soon on to Champion's trail. But will they succeed in beating the devilish plans of the evil French mafia?

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 140
  • Fresh: 132
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Vous guessed it by now: Triplettes is terrific. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A winning blend of dark and bittersweet, aimed more at adults than kiddies, but suitable for all ages. – Lisa Nesselson, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Feels simultaneously cutting-edge and a new classic of the cartoon genre. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: [Sylvain] Chomet's vision is singularly strange and somber, and one of enormous originality and promise. – Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


I have seen plenty of movies in my lifetime but none are nearly as funny as this! Judging from the eyes of a mature middle school girl, it's hard to contain myself from bursting out in laughter! As serious as I am, this is nearly impossible not to go into tears of happiness! If there's a movie that your looking for just to simply to be entertained, this is definitely the one you should choose!


I rented this from the library and loved it! Weird but hillarious!!! A must see!

A true masterpiece

I came across this one day when perusing iTunes, and being a true aficionado of animation and storytelling, I must say this is a spectacular find. Despite some other reviews here, I found that it is so much more than hilarious. It is a gripping story that evokes many emotions; yes, it has plenty of silly moments and characters (the literally square henchmen and mouse-like mechanic are very clever), but there are some strong statements regarding modernization, age, and the loss of substance in the entertainment industry--it is a story that hopes to reach audiences and speak to them (ironically, without words), rather than to simply entertain. The animation is incredibly detailed, and borderline grotesque in some characters (Champion, for one). But in both the backgrounds and movements it's very beautiful and rich. Cell animation is a dying art, and this as a true example of it.

The Triplets of Belleville
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2003

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