Walking The Dog

Les Triplettes de Belleville


Champion is raised by his grandmother Madame Souza. Her gift of a tricycle starts a craze for cycle racing that becomes the cornerstone of their life together... After years of relentless training Champion makes it to the Tour de France, the toughest cycling event in the world. Alas! Champion and a handful of other competitors are mysteriously kidnapped by a pair of sinister crooks. Supported by her faithful sidekick, fat and flatulent dog Bruno, Madame Souza sets off to rescue her beloved Champion. An epic adventure leads them across the Atlantic to a vast seaport metropolis named Belleville, headquarters of the notorious French Mafia. Lost and confused in the threatening darkness of the great city, Madame Souza and Bruno encounter the Belleville Triplettes. In their youth, a glamorous close-harmony act, these three batty old ladies are now a bizarre jazz combo. Souza joins the band. At their very first gig, she discovers Champion is being held captive by the mafia Godfather himself. All hell breaks loose and the chase in on!


A feature animation film by Sylvain Chomet, produced by Les Armateurs (FR), Production Champion (FR), Vivi Film (BE), RGP France (FR), Producers: Didier Brunner, Paul Cadieux, Regis Ghezelbash, Colin Rose, Viviane Vanfleteren, Sylvain Chomet. Original music by: Benoît Charest. Supported by: Fonds Film in Vlaanderen, VAF, Canal+, Sofica Gimages 3 and Cofimage 12, Téléfilm Canada, Sodec, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Nationale Loterij, BBC Bristol and BBC Worldwide, Département de la Charente, Région Poitou-Charentes, Cartoon, Programme Média de l'Union Européenne, Procirep.

directed by: 
Sylvain Chomet
March, 2003
Dolby Digital
movie poster: 
A film by Walking the Dog
awards / festivals: 

Nominated for the academy awards (Oscars) for best Animated Feature.
Official selection Festival de Cannes.
Instituto del Cinéma Italiano (best first Film Award)
Official selection Festival d'animation d'Annecy
Official selection Mostra internazionale del Nuovo Cinema Pesaro (plublic Award)
Official selection Copenhagen Film Festival (Special Jury award)
Official selection Edinburgh Film Festival
Official selection Telluride Film Festival
Official selection Toronto International Film Festival
Official selection International Animated Film Festival KROK (Ukraine) (Best animated Film award)
Official selection Jiffest Jakarta
Official selection Lisbonne – Fête du Cinéma Français
Official selection Bucarest - Fête du Cinéma Français
Official selection Bangkok International Film Festival
Official selection Téhéran FARJ Film Festival.

Best animated Feature award, New York Film Critics Circle
Best Foreign language Film award, Boston Critics Circle
Best animated Feature award, Los Angeles Film Critics Circle
Best Music Score award, Los Angeles Film Critics Circle, Second best Foreign language Film award, National Society of Film Critics.

Etoile d'or du meilleur film ex-æquo
Etoile d'or de la meilleure Musique de film
Trophée du film Français.Victoires de la musique – nominated for best original soundtrack

Nominated for best foreign film at the Bafta awards
BBC Four cinema awards – jury prize.