Culver City, CA (February 23, 2004) - One of the most wildly inventive, visionary and sophisticated animated films of all time, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE caught the world’s attention with its classic, visually-stunning style, eccentric satirical humor, rich imagination crowded with colorful characters and inspired musical score when it premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Having since been voted Best Picture on more than 50 Year’s Best critics’ lists including The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, plus numerous worldwide accolades including two Academy AwardÒ nominations for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE will now debut May 4 on DVD and VHS from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

Honored as an Official Selection with several prestigious film festivals including Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and AFI Film Festival, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE became a “critics darling” garnering Best Animated Feature awards from respected film organizations such as the New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Seattle Film Critics, San Diego Film Critics Society, among others. Completed over a remarkable five-year process, THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE was written and directed by French-born artist Sylvain Chomet, who previously received an Academy AwardÒ nomination for his animated short film, The Old Lady and the Pigeons.

SYNOPSIS Adopted by his grandmother, Madame Souza, Champion is a lonely little boy. Noticing that this lad is never happier than on a bicycle, Madame Souza puts him through a rigorous training process. Years go by and Champion becomes worthy of his name. Now he is ready to enter the world-famous cycling race, the Tour de France. However, during this cycling contest two mysterious, square-shouldered henchmen kidnap Champion.

Madame Souza and her faithful dog Bruno set out to rescue him. Their quest takes them across the ocean to the teeming metropolis of Belleville where they encounter the renowned "Triplets of Belleville," three eccentric female music-hall divas from the 30's who decide to take Madame Souza and Bruno under their wing. Thanks to Bruno’s brilliant sense of smell, the motley sleuths are soon on to Champion’s trail, following the clues to an underground betting parlor…now the chase is on!

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

“The Cartoon According to writer/director Sylvain Chomet” featurette

“The Making-of The Triplets of Belleville” featurette

Three behind-the-scenes featurettes with scene commentary

--“Opening Sequence”

--“Restaurant Performance”

--“Tuning the Wheel”

Music Video of the Academy Award-nominated song “Belleville Rendez-Vous”

Widescreen Presentation

Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic Video

Mastered in High Definition

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)

Subtitles: English

Theatrical Trailer

Scene Selections

Rated PG-13

Color / Closed Captioned

Running Time: 81 Minutes

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Brian B.