There is a world of where the Bears live above ground in their cities and the rodents live below in 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 (email@example.com)
A visual & emotional delight from start to finish, Ernest & Célestine is an immensely sweet yet simple tale of a young mouse named Célestine who develops an unlikely friendship with a bear named Ernest. It presents a world where bears live above the ground while the underground belongs to rodents. Célestine is pursuing a dental career even though he has no interest in it & spends most of his time sketching or painting. Ernest on the other hand is a poor bear who is starving in the cold but is unable to find any food or money. A twist of fate brings the two together when Célestine helps Ernest find food & Ernest returns the favour by fulfilling Célestine's wish & an unlikely bond is formed between the two which only gets stronger as the film progresses.
The story is surprisingly good here & is brilliantly envisioned for the screen. The script retains an adorable cuteness & the way it's been crafted gives an appearance of a wonderful artist painting a beautiful picture with water colours. Running at only 80 minutes, the film still manages to retain a relaxed pace in narrating its story & the animation is aesthetically & artistically pleasing. On an overall scale, Ernest & Célestine is a refreshing & heartwarming take on friendship that'll appeal to both kids & grown ups and is a quiet yet fresh addition to its genre which unfortunately didn't have a very fruitful year. Easily one of the best animation films of 2013, this sweet, cute & unexpectedly touching cinema is delightfully recommended.
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