A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Madame Souza does her best to help her grandson Champion find happiness after losing his parents.
Violence & Scariness
A bicyclist, after falling to the floor from exhaustion, is shot and killed by a mobster. Mobsters in a balcony killed by a tossed bomb. Mobsters pull their guns on a dog. A woman catches frogs by tossing a bomb into a pond; frog carcasses seen up close, as well as injured frogs. Mobster killed by getting run over by a train. Mobster dies falling into a ship's smokestack.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some bare, cartoonish breasts shown in a beginning dancing sequence. Prostitutes in a hallway, standing around their pimp. During a brief shot of the audience on the street watching a bicycle race, a little boy has his hand on the bikini bottom of a woman. A husband is shown stuck inside the large buttocks of his wife.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine drinking. Cigarette and cigar smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Triplets of Belleville is a 2003 Oscar-nominated French animated comedy. While French is spoken in the movie, there is hardly any dialogue -- like a silent movie, the action is conveyed visually and through song. During a flashback to a vaudeville show from the 1930s, an African woman dances with her bare breasts exposed. A bicyclist, after passing out onto the floor from exhaustion, is shot and killed by a mobster. Mobsters are killed by a tossed bomb onto the balcony where they sit. Other mobsters are killed by moving trains, and by falling into a ship's smokestack. In the hallway of a seedy apartment, prostitutes stand around their pimp. In this same hallway is a bathroom with an unflushed toilet containing fecal matter. Cigarette and cigar smoking. Wine drinking. For those sensitive to cruelty to animals in any form, a woman catches frogs by tossing a bomb into a pond; when the bomb explodes, dead frogs plop onto rocks, and some frogs limp off injured, and even after they are cooked for soup, one frog is shown still clinging to life in the soup bowl. Also, mobsters pull guns on a dog. A large woman walks into a theater with her small husband wedged in between her buttocks. During a bicycle race, a little boy has his hand on the bikini bottom of the woman next to him. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Each scene in this film is cheerily stuffed with arresting graphic effects, vertiginous angles, witty visual puns, and imaginative flights of fancy. The semblance of a plot is barely relevant to The Triplets of Belleville; if it's about anything, it's about vision and imagination.
Everything looks both familiar and strange at the same time, with quirky combinations of old and new Paris and New York, all deliriously and deliciously loony. The triplets throw explosives into the water to catch the frogs they eat for dinner. The bad guys look like a big black wall. And Bruno the dog has a dream that is only slightly more surreal than everything else. It's all very odd for sure, and not for all kids given the violence, sexual content, and offbeat style. Older kids who like quirky movies will enjoy.
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