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Triplets Of Belleville, The
Genre: Animation

Reviewed In Issue 85 (Jun 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice Talents Of Jean-Claude Donda, Monica Vegas & Michel Robin

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include two featurettes (the 16-minute Belleville Rendex-Vous Making Of and the five-minute Cartoon According To Sylvain Chomet), three select-scenes commentary (for the opening sequence, the restaurant performance, and tuning the French with English subtitles), the trailer, and the music video for

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 03231
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Images involving sensuality, violence and crude humor
(Retail Price): $24.96
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 81
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/04/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sylvain Chomet
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The elderly Madame Souza spends her time in the French countryside, listening to the classic music by "The Triplets Of Belleville" and encouraging her grandson to chase his dreams of winning the Tour de France. However, when her grandson is kidnapped by strange Mafia gangsters and taken to the big city of Belleville to be used in a bizarre gambling scheme, Souza and her canine companion (the wonderfully animated Bruno) set off to get him back. With virtually no dialogue, the Oscar

DVD Picture:
The movie opens with full-frame black-and-white animation stylized to resemble the crude early stages of animated films, then the widescreen frame soon widens to a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. The anamorphically enhanced DVD picture showcases the fascinating animation with solid colors that are muted and perfectly complementary to the setting and tone of the story. There are several very dim sequences that give the picture an engulfing, moody quality. The images have a simple style that occasionally adds creative dimension. The only minor complaint is the appearance of edge halos at times, but otherwise this picture looks great! (Suzanne Hodges)

This is an odd, but altogether immersive Dolby