I just found two animated movies that I REALLY want to go see! The first is The Triplets of Belleville.
Behold a tale of true love (between a boy and a bicycle), of tireless courage (from a bitty grandmother with a clubfoot) and of a shocking new definition of sexy (three wizened matriarchs who ravenously slurp down frogs). Sylvain Chomet's feature debut is an animated extravaganza of Gallic wit and soul that delivers more wild humanity than many of the year's live-action features. The "simple" plot entails a freakish lad who is kidnapped while racing Le Tour de France and must be rescued by his grandma and their obese dog, but go for the atmosphere and music, an orgy of influences including Hayao Miyazaki, gypsy jazz and Jeu
net & Caro. In particular, relish the eponymous trio — it seems safe to say that there haven't been cooler old ladies in cinema in recent tim
es, possibly ever. The movie could well be the finest animated film of 2003, if not one of the best in any category.
— Gregory Weinkauf, SF Weekly
I've watched a few clips of it on YouTube and I believe the dog is my favorite character thus far. It reminds me heavily of the Russian cartoons I used to watch on IFC. I had forgotten exactly how much I really enjoy foreign animation, and it's nice to see interesting animated movies with stylish animation coming from countries other than Japan. Don't get me wrong I love a lot of animated movies that come from Japan-it's just nice to see the rest of the world finally catching up! It was part of the 2003 Cannes Film festival and has a long list of awards AND it's French!! Woot! Go my French
The second movie that I am very excited about is The Secret of Kells. It is about a young boy Brenden who must use his new found gift of Illumination in order to defeat Vikings that are closing in on his abbey. The animation is very reminiscent of Samurai Jack for me, as well as holding it's own flavor. It looks like the pages of the Book of Kells itself coming to life. The music is also exquisite. I can't wait, March 6th!