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644 Ratings

Ernest and Célestine

Ernest et Célestine

France, 2012
Animation

Synopsis

In a world where bears are in charge and mice are oppressed, Ernest, a bear working as a clown and musician, meets Celestine, an orphan mouse who has run away from a life that doesn’t fit her. A happy friendship blossoms until the other bears and mice find out and the pair is forced to hide.

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Ernest and Célestine Directed by Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2012 | Special Mention: SACD Prize (Directors' Fortnight)

Academy Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

The drawing and animation style is a big part of what makes the movie so special. The characters look hand-drawn and aren’t overly elaborate; the settings are meticulously designed but sometimes minimally rendered. The colors are gentle but rich, like really well-coordinated watercolors. The less-is-more sensibility is a little bit deceptive, because the action sequences… are beautifully animated.
March 14, 2014
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Gently parodic and full of visual whimsy, this French-Belgian animation about the friendship between a mouse and a bear has a simple story that even the youngest viewers could understand, yet it also possesses a refined, almost melancholy sense of goodness. It has things to say about the world, but it does so gracefully, without hitting you over the head with them.
March 14, 2014
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The push and pull between little and big, child and adult, the nested protection of home and the uncertainties of the greater world are what stirs the heart in “Ernest & Celestine,” which turns on the improbable friendship that Celestine forms with Ernest, an adult bear… Both [the original French and English-dubbed] versions are being released, rightly implying that the movie holds appeal for older viewers.
March 13, 2014
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