Monday, May 22, 2006


From the Archive: 5/17/2004

This is one of the most visually creative animated movies ever. Although officially a French language film, there's so little dialog that it doesn't matter. The are no subtitles because it doesn't need them. It works more like a silent film, but with sound and music (the main song was nominated for an Oscar). It's reminiscent of the old style cartoons from the 40's, where actions and sound told the story. These could then be shown overseas without revision.

A young boy receives a tricycle from his grandmother. He later grows up to compete in the Tour de France. But alas, there are obstacles, and they have to enlist the help of the triplets of Belleville to save the day. Here's why you'll want to see it:

  • There's a lot of stuff packed into every frame. You may want to see this film more than once.
  • Very "atmospheric". Evokes a completely different world.
  • Funny, smart, exciting, etc... All the stuff that makes movies fun to watch.
  • You'll be surprised that you'll understand everything that's happening, even without dialog.
  • Impress your friends by telling them all about it.
  • High probability that it will be "in" at your video store.
  • Suitable for the whole family (yes, even the dog can watch).


PS: Although it is suitable for the whole family, it's definitely NOT a "kids" movie. For adults, it may be a vastly different movie than for children. If there are no kids around, an "altered" state of mind is unnecessary.


At 10:39 AM, Anonymous David H... no wait, D Heirtzler, er... Anon, that's it! said...

Be sure to turn on the subtitles for this film, otherwise you might miss some of the dialogue.

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