3/10/2016

Belleville Rendez-Vous - Film Review




These days American animation studios have pretty much abandoned traditional cell animation to make way for computer graphics, which is why when you find an animation like Belleville Rendez-Vous it is enchanting, the animation is highly detailed while vivid and characters overly eccentric, the story is very different and rather unusual however, it is in a strange place where it could easily be just for adults, with its lack of dialog not helping this case. 

This thoroughly delightful animation features some very touching points, no matter how you view this film it is overly French playing on stereotypes, Sylvain Chomet really plays with character's body shapes, from extreme muscles, the eccentric body types of the racers, to the obese city people. The Americans were portrayed as obese tourist looking characters and certain people complained that this was anti-american and pro-french but within the animation the french are also being stereotyped with the triplet eating frogs and tadpoles 

Where most animations would attempt to be some what realistic this goes another way, the world which the story is set is exaggerated, much like the characters, with huge out of proportion ships included. 

Again this animation does seem to be more for adults, even though it isn't violent or sexual it holds a huge amount of sadness and a complexity. It does come across to some as a strange comedy that isn't all that funny at times, being about a boy getting kidnapped by french mafia while competing and it is up to the grandma and dog to help.

It's refreshing to see an animation that doesn't rely on cg effects, the animation concentrates on just visuals to tell the entire story, leaving dialog behind like a old worn out tool.

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