The film was produced by Didier Brunners company (Les Armateurs) that was also behind Kirikou, and co-produced by The Animation Unit, BBC (Great-Britain), Vivi Film (Belgium) and Champion Prods. While competing in the Tour de France, Champion (along with two other cyclists), is kidnapped and taken to Belleville to work for the French mafia as a racer in a betting house. That reinforced my feeling that animation was either something very commercial with no real value or something very intellectual. Ive worked at all levels within it. I first worked as an animator there on a commercial for the medication Actifed. PM: Do you have any desire to work on projects for children? I then went on making comic strips, particularly as a writer, but I wanted to make animation films like Nick Park did. Take a chance, it might be the best animated film that you've seen in years. Kidnapped by mysterious, square-shouldered henchmen, a Tour de France cyclist named Champion is spirited across the ocean to the teeming metropolis of Belleville. One of these items ships sooner than the other. Her devotion to her grandson and how it plays out is heartwarming. Many animators cant find work or they are under-employed in the sense of not being used to their full capacity. For me, when youve worked all day on an animation and that moment when you see the drawings move, thats a really magic moment, and there is no sound to it. I never even worked as an inbetweener. (Canada). by Sony Pictures Home Ent. It is a little on the surreal side, but contains all the elements of a truly great story. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Philippe Moins: Before you made your first animation, you worked at the Richard Purdum studio in London. I really hold it against the majors who screwed it all up by going there to recruit the best animators. 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There is comedy, drama, mystery, suspense and a great song, "Belville rendez-vous". It's a movie... animation. That said, what weve done in 2D in my film was sometimes treated in 3D underneath. The graphics, music, colors, and storyline will keep you engrossed from beginning to end. Visit AWN on Twitter Visit AWN on Instagram Visit AWN on Google Plus Visit AWN on FlipBoard Subscribe to AWN. That poor, long-suffering dog! At first, the boy is inconsolable over the loss of his parents. Learn more about the program. With Belleville Rendez-Vous, I continued to animate scenes, its that team spirit that is important, you have to be totally involved in the physical production. SC: Fundamentally, I am an animator. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. The characters are quirky and somewhat grotesque but I think that enhances their roles in the film. The aged singing triplets making the best of their low income life are real originals. For me, animation is like a manifesto. I am, as it happens, likely to be doing some live-action, a story involving dance. SC: At Cannes, I got the reception, which I would have expected from Annecy. But unlike Ocelots film, which was squarely aimed at the childrens audience, Belleville Rendez-Vous, with its idiosyncratic world and insistent cinematic references, is targeted more at adults. Before Cannes, 25 countries had already acquired the film; its now 37, including the U.S., which was initially quite wary, as usual. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 22, 2020. Animation Industry Database | Production Companies | VFX Houses | Schools, © 2017 AWN, Inc. - Part of the Animation World Network - 13300 Victory Blvd. To date, the film has been sold to 37 countries and will be released in the U.S. by Sony Classic Pictures on Nov. 21, 2003. A slightly strange animated film with very eccentric characters (well, it is French, but there is so little dialogue, that no one should have any difficulty following the odd-ball plot!). We made The Old Lady. Very typically Frenchie (but with no dialogue), The Triplets of Belleville owes a great deal to the world of contemporary French comic strips, but also to filmmakers such as Jean Pierre Jeunet (Amélie Poulain) and Marc Caro (Delicatessen). "The Triplets of Belleville" It's 1997, and a talented but frustrated animator named Sylvain Chomet is working for Walt Disney Studios in Toronto. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. Id like to get near to what Grimault and Prévert did with Le Roi et loiseau (The King and Mr Bird), something poetic. Chomet's first feature-length animated film, The Triplets of Belleville (Les Triplettes de Belleville, or Belleville Rendez-vous in the UK) was also nominated for two Oscars in 2003 (Best Animated Feature and Best Song), and introduced Chomet's name to a much wider audience. PM: Where did the idea to make a feature film with no dialogue come from? All images © 2003 Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. I love Disney & Pixar, and I love this film, too. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + No Import Fees Deposit & $9.63 Shipping to Germany. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts: Don Hertzfeldt Talks ‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two’, A Candid Talk with Scratch Film Master Steven Woloshen, Chris Landreth Talks 'Subconscious Password', The Magical Junk-Filled World of Jiří Barta. SC: I adore what he does, along with the work of Nick Park and Miyazaki. Must Watch for the Music and Quirky Cartoon Lover, Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2019. Philippe Moins uncovers the animated manifesto behind Sylvain Chomets The Triplets of Belleville, and the directors future plans and desires. Wonderful music, the dog is sooo funny and cute in the movie, you will really fall for the sisters in it and their quirks, even if you don't like cartoon styled movies - you will love this one. Making a dialogue-free movie like The Triplets of Belleville was a liberating experience for Chomet. The temporary nature of animation productions disturbs Chomet. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 23, 2015. Sylvain Chomet, Director: Les triplettes de Belleville. And at Annecy, it was just absolutely crazy. But I am more skeptical about 3D computer animation in general. This title will be released on November 3, 2020. s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned), Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound, English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1). The film was a big public and critical success in many countries and earned Sylvain an Oscar nomination in two categories (Best Animated Film and Best Original Song).