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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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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

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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Country:

France | Belgium | Luxembourg

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

28 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernest & Celestine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€9,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,078, 28 February 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$292,562

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,376,444
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the little bear's room that Celestine finds her way into towards the beginning of the movie, there is a poster for the director's previous film "A Town Called Panic (2009)" See more »

Goofs

When The Grey One picks up Celestine's drawing she uses her left hand to grab it at its right side. That should result in it being upside down when she looks at it, but it is upright. See more »

Connections

References My Neighbor Totoro (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

La chanson d'Ernest et Celestine
Written by Thomas Fersen and Vincent Courtois
Performed by Lambert Wilson
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Traditional animation with charming story
5 February 2014 | by CMTiagoSee all my reviews

Ernest And Celestine is a fantastic story that presents us a friendship that shouldn't happen, but against all odds prevails. Celestine is a young mouse that is curious about the world above and has a knack for art. Unfortunately for her, the mice around her wish to see her become a dentist as it is more her position in society. Almost alike, above the sewage an oaf like bear named Ernest longs to become a performer, but upon his family's wishes to become a judge, he ultimately ends up living in poor conditions and with his aspirations frowned upon. When they meet they will shake the foundations of the place they live in. This tale is classic storytelling and features interesting characters to root for. This friendship seems very real because the personalities involved are genuinely kind and don't agree with the way life is lived. The animation is very simple yet beautiful. Against more grand animation works, Ernest And Celestine still stands out with its endearing story and overall is a pleasure to watch.

Rating: 7,5/10


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