31- The Triplets of Belleville [7.5]

Adopted by his grandmother, Madame Souza, Champion is a lonely little boy. Noticing that the 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.

Virtually a silent film, The Triplets of Belleville features stunning animation and some truly original sequences. The opening musical number featuring the triplets lets the viewer know from the onset that this is not your average animated movie. Though the triplets disappear for a while, the relationship between Madame Souza and her grandson carry the film. Discussing Champion’s love for cycling or the triplets tapping away on anything for rhythm won’t do justice to Belleville. Note: you’ll likely want to bang on a pot or any household object after watching this film.

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