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Music, All Shook Down Composer Benoît Charest Talks Making The Soundtrack for <i>The Triplets of Belleville</i> And His Upcoming "Cine-Concert" Performances

Composer Benoît Charest Talks Making The Soundtrack for The Triplets of Belleville And His Upcoming "Cine-Concert" Performances

In the early 2000's, the Canadian composer Benoît Charest started working on the score for an animated French film called The Triplets of Belleville. Little did he know that the film and one of his songs ("Belleville Rendez-vous") would…
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Film, "A Cat in Paris": Childish Animation Dampens French Charm

"A Cat in Paris": Childish Animation Dampens French Charm

A sketchy trifle of French animation grabbing time in theaters thanks to its recent Oscar nomination, Felicioli and Gagnol's barely-hour-long film seeks shelf space beside Sylvain Chomet's deft and rapturous hand-drawn cartoons (The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist), and the…
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Calendar, Night&Day Single-Cel Organisms

Single-Cel Organisms

It’s a crime, frankly, that Pixar will shortly be salivating over a fifth Animated Feature Oscar at a time when Hayao Miyazaki, The Triplets of Belleville, Sin City, Persepolis, and Waltz with Bashir have reclaimed animation for adults. As the…
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Film, FilmCap

The Tale of Despereaux

Kate DiCamillo's 2003 children's novel about a big-eared mouse with an inspiring case of shining-knight envy is one of the finest expositions of loss, grief, reactive vengeance, and forgiveness for kids. I was looking forward to seeing what Sylvain Chomet,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Where Art Thou, Sylvain?

Where Art Thou, Sylvain?

Kate DiCamillo’s 2003 children’s novel about a big-eared mouse with an inspiring case of shining-knight envy is one of the finest expositions of loss, grief, reactive vengeance, and forgiveness for kids. I was looking forward to seeing what Sylvain Chomet,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not a Hard Cel

Not a Hard Cel

There’s a lot more to Mike Judge than the mind numbing, rude-boy antics of Beavis and Butt-Head led us to believe. The guy has brains, talent, and — hold on to your seat — taste. Sure, the mix of mind-twisting…
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Film, Future Imperfect

Future Imperfect

The animated feature has become the most tiresome dish available in the googolplex buffet line — more so than even the mopey art-house offering in which bad things happen to good people while string sections and Elliott Smith sound-alikes douse…
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