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The Triplets Of Belleville

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Taking the cue for its visual conception from sources as diverse as British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe and the antic, rubbery surrealism of Tex Avery's Warner Bros. Cartoons of the 30's, this madcap caper from French writer/director Sylvain Chomet is one of the most delightfully skewed animated films in recent memory. Scoring such a thorough original is no easy task, but composer/musician Benoit With melodies that are both snappy and quaint, and lyrics "en Francais," this inspired soundtrack of jazz tunes composed by French-Canadian Benoit Charest harkens back to a bygone era. In the film, three cartoon crooners--elderly sisters--remember their heyday performing at Paris nightclubs in the 1930s. Musical by nature, the women now compose with household objects. Their "instruments" consist of a crackly newspaper, a metal grill from the refrigerator, and a wheezing Hoover vacuum cleaner. When the triplets meet Madame Souza, an old lady whose nephew competed in the Tour de France, she joins their jam, playing a bicycle wheel. These odd instruments provide for lots of musical invention, and Charest takes advantage of that. The theme song, "Belleville Rendez-Vous," is classic swing with a catchy refrain. Another tune, "Tour De France," is an accordian ditty backing an announcer who reports the progress of the race. Charest adds further innovation with a pop ballad called "Attila Marcel," a piano piece called "Jazzy Bach," and the surfer song "Pa Pa Pa Palavas." There's even a quick hidden track at the very end--a bonus to careful listeners, and a funny memory for those who have seen the movie.

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Taking the cue for its visual conception from sources as diverse as British cartoonist Gerald Scarfe and the antic, rubbery surrealism of Tex Avery's Warner Bros. Cartoons of the 30's, this madcap caper from French writer/director Sylvain Chomet is one of the most delightfully skewed animated films in recent memory. Scoring such a thorough original is no easy task, but composer/musician Benoit Charest has more than risen to the occasion. Charest manages to evoke the loopy musical spirit of legendary Warner and Disney animation legend Carl Stalling in an entirely new context, fusing the score's snappy, predominantly le hot jazz mindset with everything from hip-hop and Bach (credited her as "Jean Sebastien") to the Italian opera farrago "Cieco Cieco Barber" and 1960s proto-surf-rock of "Pa Pa Pa Palavas." But that conceptual stew isn't the least of Charest's delightful surprises, as he giddily infuses it with his own Django-esque guitar stylings and a hodge-podge of "found" rhythmic instruments that include bicycle wheels, refrigerator shelves and a vacuum cleaner; surely there must be a kitchen sink buried in the mix somewhere. The result is a score that uses tradition as but a launching pad for one of the most rewarding and delightfully original animated scores in recent memory. -- Jerry McCulley

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Product details

  • Audio CD (January 27, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • ASIN: B000168ACI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,596 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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