The Triplets of Belleville

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In Brief: The specters of Max Fleischer, Tex Avery, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Jacques Tati hang heavily over Triplets (there’s even a poster for Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday on the wall of an apartment); it’s the mixing of these elements that’s unique, and clearly Chomet’s vision. The director doesn’t merely copy his inspirations; he creates his own takes on them. Whether you’ll actually accept it on those terms is definitely a question of personal taste, but I doubt anyone will walk away from Triplets and not think they’ve really seen something different for a change. As a side-note to those of you who are allergic to subtitles, cheer up: There’s not a single one in sight; the story is told almost entirely in visuals and sound effects. What little intelligible dialogue the film contains — no more than a few lines — has been dubbed into English. This excerpt was taken from a review by Ken Hanke published on March 17, 2004.
Genre: Animated Fantasy
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Starring: Michele Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Mari-Lou Gauthier, Michel Robin
Rated: PG-13

Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present The Triplets of Belleville on Friday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. at Flood Gallery Fine Art Center, 2160 U.S. 70, Swannanoa.

About Ken Hanke
Head film critic for Mountain Xpress from December 2000 until his death in June 2016. Author of books "Ken Russell's Films," "Charlie Chan at the Movies," "A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series," "Tim Burton: An Unauthorized Biography of the Filmmaker."

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