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Les Triplettes De Belville
Topic by: ColonelKong
Posted: December 26, 2003 - 12:15 PM PST
Last Reply: January 12, 2004 - 9:26 PM PST

author topic: Les Triplettes De Belville
post #1  on December 26, 2003 - 12:15 PM PST  
Anyone here seen this film yet? (I probably won't get to see it until it hits DVD.) I was already interested in seeing it, but this review from Roger Ebert has gotten me even more interested in seeing it.
post #2  on December 28, 2003 - 12:09 AM PST  
I'm intrigued by what I've heard of this so far. For those of you, like myself, who choose not to trust Ebert's opinion on anything, Doug Cummings of has this appreciative write-up of the film.

A Region-2 DVD is due out late January from the UK.
post #3  on December 29, 2003 - 11:48 AM PST  
I was able to catch a screening in Seattle yesterday. I would recommend seeing it in a theater (since the frequent gasps of an exceptionally impressed audience will not be audible on the disc). To state it simply, these Triplets are fantastic.

In some (most?) venues, the film is accompanied by the Dali/Disney short Destino (started back in 1946, it finally premiered at Annecy a few months back), which might be worth the price of admission alone. Admittedly, seeing Disney-esque characters in a Dali world is a bit disconcerting.

As for the Triplets, the film that is actually in distribution is the UK version, two-minutes longer than the French version (according to the IMDb) and with (infrequently) English dialogue.
post #4  on December 29, 2003 - 12:14 PM PST  
hey, i didn't get to see any short before the movie...we always get the shaft in PDX.

i thought it was great--all of the different borrowings from american and french movies, the visuals and the music. i guess my expectations were WAY high, and i was ever so slightly not as fulfilled as i was hoping to be. i would reccomend it though...better than the last movie i saw (ROTK) and it only took half as long to watch!

post #5  on December 30, 2003 - 8:55 PM PST  
Saw it in Paris this Summer. I had never heard of the film and had heard no hype. I was just hoping to get away from the awful heat and have a chance to practice understanding French. So I was disappointed to find that there was practically no dialog. But was nonetheless enchanted by the film. The closer to the end, the less believable it is, but it has great style and I fully recommend it. It does seem a bit overhyped, though.

Also to escape the heat, I went to see "Les enfants de la pluie". That was a pretty dreadful animated sci-fi. I won't be surprised if that never makes it to the US.

PS: If you haven't seen it, don't forget La planete sauvage? I've had that in my queue for ages. I saw it years ago, and I have the soundtrack, and I'm eager to see it again.

post #6  on December 30, 2003 - 9:08 PM PST  
I saw it and thought it was fairly good. It was not as funny as i expected because I had heard it was a brilliant satire so some disappointment there. You have to appreciate the subtle humor in the character's actions rather than dialogue though..
post #7  on January 10, 2004 - 1:07 PM PST  
I enjoyed this film, but I was a bit disappointed; although quite clever, the only real satire to be found here are in the obvious "fat americans" references. Also, when you remove the odd details, the plot is actually pretty standard for an animated film: Evil bad guy kidnaps innocent person, a brave heroine(accompanied by a lovable animal sidekick)travels to a far away to save him. There she is aided by some eccentric but likable characters she meets, etc. The movie even ends with a big chase. On the plus side, I liked the fact that the director does not just give us the usuall blandly pretty heroes and heroines. Also, telling the tale with no dialogue (there's some unsubtitled French) is a nice touch.
post #8  on January 12, 2004 - 12:12 PM PST  
Tripletts of Belleville is wonderful. It is not a Pixar style movie for sure, but very playful and full of fun characters.

Now Destino is another matter. I was very disappointed, specifically because it is obviously computer generated animation. While I see the work of Dali there, in no way do I feel this is a film by Dali. It's more like someone copied one one his paintings to animate. Imitation Dali if you will. Some arresting images can be found, but the film just smacked of artiface to me.
post #9  on January 12, 2004 - 7:32 PM PST  
saw it. fun music, good visuals. the france of the past, as recalled by scrap books, recordings, memories. anybody who has seen it but not yet seen any films by jacques tati, jour de fête is the movie with the bicycles, mr. hulot's holiday was a poster hanging on the wall, and mon oncle was the inspiration for many things, including madame souza's house.

about destino... my friend and i saw the movie today, then went together to the san francisco museum of modern art, where the very painting that discussed the whole space of the movie was hanging on the wall. the painting is called My Wife, Nude, Contemplating Her Own Flesh Becoming Stairs, Three Vertebrae of a Column, Sky and Architecture (1945).
post #10  on January 12, 2004 - 9:26 PM PST  
okay so i saw in the credits of triplets a note of gratitude to jacques tati and someone named "albert dubout." turns out dubout was a well-loved cartoonist, famous in france and continental europe. in the early 50s a couple of movies were made from his comic strips... but i can't find a good site showing his work clearly, if anybody can i'd really appreciate it.

one of the french reviews of triplets paraphrased director sylvain chomet calling the movie a speculation at how a dubout-tati collaboration might have looked. however the sony classics press kit (pdf) gives top credit to early 50s disney features, along with betty boop (along with a few more public popular acts of 30s france, max fleischer appears in the movie) and winsor mccay.

oh and anyone who wasn't sure, the pedaling windvane on top of the house is definitely supposed to be jacques tati.

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