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Running Time:
80 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for images involving sensuality, violence and crude humor.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This bizarre animated film from France is whimsical, charming, inventive and visually stunning. It's completely entertaining, although it's definitely not for young children, but it will delight the rest of the family.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Making of The Triplets of Bellville; Select scene commentaries; Featurette "The Cartoon According to Director Sylvain Chomet"; Music video; Theatrical trailers.

The Triplets of Belleville
Champion is an orphan, living with his grandmother, Madame Souza, a resourceful old lady who buys him a dog to brighten his life, but that doesn't seem to do the trick, so she buys him a shiny new tricycle which changes his life. Now grown, his life is dedicated to bicycle training. He strains up hills with grandmother blowing a whistle rhythmically as she rides her tricycle following behind him. She balances his wheels with a tuning fork while he eats, before she gives him a massage before bed. But Champion is kidnapped while racing his bicycle along with two other cyclists and taken on a huge ship across the Atlantic to Belleville, a particularly weird version of New York City, complete with a chubby Statue of Liberty holding a hamburger. Luckily Madame and Bruno, his dog, are able to rent a paddle boat and follow across the ocean after the big ship. When Madame discovers that Champion is being held captive by a shady gang of French Mafia wine importers, there ensues a most hilarious rescue mission. The animation (which features some hilarious gadgetry) is most inventive using a subdued palette of mostly golds, blues and greens, and the music and songs are joyous and amusing as well. This film is a treat, bound to entertain both adults and older kids looking for something completely different.

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