Ernest & Celestine (2012)
"Ernest et Célestine" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Drama  |  28 February 2014 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Ernest (voice)
Ernest (voice)
Pauline Brunner ...
Célestine (voice)
Celestine (voice)
The Grey One (voice)
Anne-Marie Loop ...
La Grise (voice)
Rat Judge (voice)
Patrice Melennec ...
Georges (voice)
Head Dentist (voice)
Brigitte Virtudes ...
Lucienne (voice)
Léonard Louf ...
Léon (voice)
Lucienne (voice)
Dominique Maurin ...
Chef de Clinique (voice) (as Dominique Collignon)
George (voice)
Grizzly Judge (voice)


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 (

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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:

Ernest & Celestine  »

Box Office


€9,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lauren Bacall's final film. See more »


When the stolen van's camouflage paint job washes off and the van rolls back into town, it leaves a trail of paint that leads the police right to Ernest and Celestine's house. The rain, however, should have washed away the trail of paint, too, and left no way to follow it back. See more »


References A Town Called Panic (2009) See more »


Ernest's Song
Written by Thomas Fersen and Vincent Courtois
Performed by Forest Whitaker
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23 December 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

a splendid link between use of water colors and the story. a delicate manner to use a book adaptation for remind, in a precise, gentle, lovely style importance of relationship. a film who must see it not only for its message but for the fascinating art to resurrect the childhood flavor in old fashion manner. a movie about friendship , meeting between humor and drama, a form of fable and a lesson about image of the other. a small gem because the voices, the images, the story are not more important/beautiful/realistic but only part of an unique state of soul. an isle in middle of 3D waves, it is honest and warm and nice. but, more important, it is a kind of travel out of reality pressure as a reading fairy stories book in evening. in fact, a remember about small details who defines humanity.

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