The Triplets of Belleville
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie's rating comes from brief crude humor and some violence.
What's the story?
The astonishing, outlandish, and singular originality of THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE defeats any attempt to describe or explain it. But it also makes it a lot of fun to watch. I can only tell you that it begins with a black and white segment with the title characters scat singing in a swanky 1930's nightclub. It turns out that this is being watched on television in the 1960's by a young boy with his grandmother and their dog. Then we see the boy years later, grown up and a Tour de France competitor with formidably muscular legs. He is kidnapped and his club-footed grandmother and aging dog, aided by the now-elderly triplets, go to the rescue.
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 this movie; 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.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the assortment of sources and inspirations for the movie and compare it to other styles of animated films, including the Disney classics and Japanese anime.