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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.

Writers:

Daniel Pennac (scenario and dialogue), Gabrielle Vincent (after: D'après les albums de)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Ernest (voice)
Lambert Wilson ... Ernest (voice)
Pauline Brunner Pauline Brunner ... Célestine (voice)
Mackenzie Foy ... Celestine (voice)
Lauren Bacall ... The Grey One (voice)
Anne-Marie Loop Anne-Marie Loop ... La Grise (voice)
Paul Giamatti ... Rat Judge (voice)
Patrice Melennec Patrice Melennec ... Georges (voice)
William H. Macy ... Head Dentist (voice)
Brigitte Virtudes Brigitte Virtudes ... Lucienne (voice)
Léonard Louf Léonard Louf ... Léon (voice)
Megan Mullally ... Lucienne (voice)
Dominique Maurin Dominique Maurin ... Chef de clinique (voice) (as Dominique Collignon)
Nick Offerman ... George (voice)
Perrette Pradier ... L'infirmière en chef souris (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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Trivia

Forest Whitaker voices a character that's a bear. In Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), his friend is reading a book about bears, and compares Whitaker's titular character to bears. In another scene, he sees two illegal hunters who have killed a black bear, and tells them "In ancient cultures, bears were considered equal with men" before shooting them down. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Célestine: Bear up above and mice down below?
Ernest: Well, yes... it's always been like this.
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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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User Reviews

water colors
23 December 2013 | by VincentiuSee 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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Country:

France | Belgium | Luxembourg

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

28 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR9,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,078, 2 March 2014

Gross USA:

$262,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,111,137
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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