Nominated for two Oscars, including Best Animated Feature, The Triplets of Belleville makes its home video debut today. Director Sylvain Chomets 2D feature premiered at last years Cannes Film Festival and enjoyed a limited U.S. theatrical run courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.
Though it lost the Academy Award to Finding Nemo, Triplets was voted Best Picture on more than 50 critics Years Best lists including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. The film has also garnered Best Animated Feature awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Seattle Film Critics, San Diego Film Critics Society and others. In addition to the Oscar nod for Best Song, the films music by Benoit Charest also received a Cesar Award (French Oscar) for Best Music for a Film.
The Triplets of Belleville follows the adventures of Madame Souza, who, with dog Bruno in tow, crosses the ocean in a paddleboat to rescue her bicycling champion grandson from the French Mafia. Along the way, she meets up with the title trio, a once-popular music-hall act from the 30s, who take Madame Souza and Bruno under their collective wing and pull out a few surprises when it comes time for the big rescue.
DVD extra features include a featurette titled The Cartoon According to Writer/Director Sylvain Chomet, a making-of featurette and three other behind-the-scenes featurettes with commentary on the opening sequence, the “Restaurant Performance” and “Tuning the Wheel.” Also included is a music video for the Oscar-nominated song “Belleville Rendez-Vous.”
The film runs 81 Minutes and is rated PG-13 for some brief cartoon nudity and violence. The Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment release lists for $24.96 on DVD.
Also hitting shelves today is Samurai Jack: Season One. The two-disc set features 13 episodes from the Emmy-winning Cartoon Network series. Bonus materials include a featurette titled The Making Of Samurai Jack, commentary by creator Genndy Tartakovsky, original artwork, original animation tests and never- before-seen footage. Released by Warner Home Video, the disc retails for the suggested price of $29.98.
In addition, Anchor Bay releases Bobby’s World: Classic Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Episodes, featuring five episodes from the animated kids series from comedian Howie Mandel, which ran on Fox Kids Network from 1990-1997. The DVD lists for $9.98.