Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Outline for First Term Paper


Film: Sylvain Chomet’s Triplets of Belleville

Thesis: The rules of physics are inconsistent throughout the film, adding humor to its otherwise dark themes and aiding the protagonists in times of peril.

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Hypothesis 1: Madame Souza has superhuman strength
  • She is able to keep up with her grandson’s bicycle training effortlessly, all while blowing on her whistle without missing a beat.
  • She is able to cross the entire Atlantic ocean on a pedal boat

Hypothesis 2: Indestructibility
  • Bruno the dog is used as a spare tire yet remains unharmed.
  • One of the Triplets is able to change the direction of the pedaling machine with just their arms
  • Madame Souza is able to stop a speeding vehicle with just her foot

Hypothesis 3: Inconsistent explosions
  • One of the  triplets throws a grenade into a pond to gather frogs for dinner. Explosion is only a few feet away yet does little damage to her.
  • In a gangsters’ theater, the same grenade is used yet does considerably more damage than before.

Conclusion: While the inconsistent physics in the Triplets of Belleville may turn some viewers away, it actually adds a creative twist that benefits the storytelling.

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