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Ernest & Celestine | Review

13 March 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Cute in Court: Bears and Mice Controversially Live In Harmony

We are not for lack of anthropomorphized mice nor bears, from all the way back to Mickey through Ratatouille‘s Remy, to Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear and Jungle Book‘s Baloo, yet Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar & Benjamin Renner’s loving adaptation of Gabrielle Vincent’s charmingly subdued children’s book series Ernest & Celestine most recalls that of another beloved bear – Winnie the Pooh. While Vincent’s original works utilized a somewhat scribbly watercolor look, the adapting filmmakers have acclimated Vincent’s style to the animated form, and in doing, have produced an earthy but elegant hand drawn effect that closely resembles Disney’s watercolored take on Alan Alexander Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood. Though bumbling and forever as hungry as Pooh bear, Ernest inhibits an allegorical microcosm far less innocent and far more socially critical than his honey-crazed counterpart. »

- Jordan M. Smith

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