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Ernest & Celestine (2012)

Ernest et Célestine (original title)
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The story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ernest (voice)
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Ernest (voice)
Pauline Brunner ...
Célestine (voice)
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Celestine (voice)
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The Grey One (voice)
Anne-Marie Loop ...
La Grise (voice)
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Rat Judge (voice)
Patrice Melennec ...
Georges (voice)
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Head Dentist (voice)
Brigitte Virtudes ...
Lucienne (voice)
Léonard Louf ...
Léon (voice)
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Lucienne (voice)
Dominique Maurin ...
Chef de Clinique (voice) (as Dominique Collignon)
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George (voice)
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Grizzly Judge (voice)
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Storyline

There is a world where the Bears live above ground in their cities and the rodents live below in their underground ones in mutual fear and hate. However, Celestine, an apprentice mouse dentist, finds at least momentary common cause with Ernest, a poor street Bear musician, that gets them rejected from both their respective worlds. In spite of this misfortune, the exiles find a growing friendship between themselves as their respective talents flower because of it. Despite this, their quietly profound challenge to the founding prejudices of their worlds cannot be ignored as the authorities track them down. When that happens, Ernest and Celestine must stand up for their love in the face of such bigotry and achieve the impossible. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary moments | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 February 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

€9,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,078 (USA) (28 February 2014)

Gross:

$71,442 (USA) (14 March 2014)
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Trivia

Perrette Pradier's final film. See more »

Goofs

While Ernest is cooking chocolate, the arm holding up Celestine is level with his head. After the cut, the arm is suddenly below his face. See more »

Connections

References A Town Called Panic (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Ernest's Song
Written by Thomas Fersen and Vincent Courtois
Performed by Lambert Wilson (Original Version)
Performed by Forest Whitaker (English Version)
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The French are so good at animation.
18 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

I really enjoyed watching this movie. I went into the film thinking it was more for adults, but discovered it has a story that anyone and any age can enjoy, and that's always a sign of a great movie.

The movie is based on a children's book that I never herd of in which a Bear who's down on his luck befriends a mouse who's an artist at heart, beating all odds in a world where these two species are separated by fear and miscommunication.

I love the animation style which I'm guessing is greatly inspired by the children's book it's based on. I especially loved the design of the mouse, Celestine. Her animation was very cute and they did a good job of making her very mouse-like with her movement and attitude while still making her relatable to humans. This was added by the voice over talent by Mackenzie Foy.

I opted to watch the English dubbed version as I feel the authenticity of the dub matters less with animation. Some of you might disagree and I'm sure Lambert Wilson was great as Ernest, but hearing Forest Whitaker bring the poor reclusive bear whom Celestine befriends to life was a highlight.

If you need a movie to take your kids to see, you gotta pick this one. It's a film that will put a smile on all of your faces.


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