The Triplets of Belleville (PG-13)
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This is one of the weirdest things I've ever seen. It's generally considered a pretty high-quality movie, and I agree with that, though it's not something I'm likely to want to watch a second time. What can I say? There's not much in the way of dialog, but you can figure out what's going on, I guess, even if it's all completely crazy and makes no sense at all. Um... at first we see a trio of singers, the Triplets of Belleville, I guess. And then we see an old woman who is for some reason raising her grandson, who doesn't seem interested in much of anything, but she keeps trying to find something to make him happy. She gives him a puppy. She gives him a tricycle. Those seem to be the only two things that interest him at all. And we quickly flash forward to the boy being grown up, and the woman helping him train as a bicyclist. He enters the Tour de France, and then he and a couple of other cyclists get kidnapped and shipped off to America. Belleville, to be specific. Meanwhile, his grandmother and the dog follow the ship he was taken on. They get taken in by the Triplets, who are now old. And I guess she ends up performing with them and they eventually find her grandson, who along with the other cyclists is being forced to... do a sort of fake bicycle race, I guess, which people bet on. And now his grandmother and the Triplets try to rescue him.
It's all pretty much a visual movie. It's French, but the DVD I watched didn't even have French as a language option; it just had English and Spanish. But as I said, there's not much dialog. Most of the speaking we hear isn't dialog, but... it's in French, even though the language track was English. And there were no subtitles. But none of that's important. I can't really tell you anything else. It's just a really weird and crazy movie, but it's funny and there's some good music, and the animation style was interesting. I wish my enjoyment of it could be equal to my estimation of its quality, but whatever. I definitely thought it was good, and I'm glad to have seen it.