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The Triplets of Belleville

The Triplets of Belleville
The Triplets of Belleville
The Triplets of Belleville
  • PG-13
  • 1h 21m
  • 2003
Certified Fresh94%
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Adopted by his grandmother, Madame Souza, Champion is a lonely little boy. Noticing that this lad is never happier than on a bicycle, Madame Souza puts him through a rigorous training process. Years go by and Champion becomes worthy of his name. Now he is ready to enter the world-famous cycling race, the Tour de France. However during this cycling contest two mysterious men in black kidnap Champion. Madame Souza and her faithful dog Bruno set out to rescue him. Their quest takes them across the ocean to a giant Megalopolis called Belleville where they encounter the renowned "Triplets of Belleville", three eccentric female music-hall stars from the 30's who decide to take Madame Souza and Bruno under their wing. Thanks to Bruno's brilliant sense of smell, the brave duo are soon on to Champion's trail. But will they succeed in beating the devilish plans of the evil French mafia?
© 2003 Les Armateurs. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh94%
Critics Consensus: Richly detailed and loaded with surreal touches, The Triplets of Belleville is an odd, delightful charmer.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Offbeat animated French tale has violence, sex.

What 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.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:November 26, 2003
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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