Though ‘LES TRIPLETTES DE BELLEVILLE’ isn’t a recent production (made in 2003 by Sylvain Chomet), it is one of my all-time favourite cycling related films. If you’re a cycling fan in general or are inspired by the old-school cyclists of yesteryear, you will love this animated film.

Les Triplettes de Belleville

Madame Souza discovers her grandson’s hidden scrapbook where he keeps his cycling clippings.

‘Champion’ is surprised by his grandmother with his first bicycle.

A fantastically weird piece of animation, the story focuses on Madame Souza, a grandmother raising her young, dejected grandson, Champion. She does all she can in order to pull him out of his doldrums to no avail, until she discovers his secret passion for road cycling. So she buys him a tricycle and ignites his flame for cycling. The next hour or so takes Madame Souza, Champion and their dog Bruno, on quite an adventure.

Les Triplettes de Belleville

The way the cyclists are illustrated is incredibly funny. Watch the video to find out more.

Les Triplettes de Belleville

The Tour de France fans and the event in general is depicted in an exaggerated manner but they hit the nail right on the head nonetheless.

Les Triplettes de Belleville

One of the movie’s action scenes.

Champion does make it as a Tour de France rider with his grandmother’s coaching, and winds up getting kidnapped by a group of ‘French Wine Mafiosi’ and Madame Souza sets out, along with their dog Bruno, to find her grandson and bring him home.

A wonderfully far fetched, feel-good story, outstandingly animated and very entertaining. A must for any cycling fan. Rotten Tomatoes scored the film with 94%.

Click on the video icon in the feature photo above to watch the full film (youtube).

A must for any cycling fan.
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