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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 English version, the couple who owns the candy shop and the tooth shop, George and Lucienne, are played by real-life couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. 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 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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Absolutely sublime
19 November 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Anybody who loves animation and just want to see one that warms your heart and moves, charms and entertains you, you have met your match with Ernest and Celestine. With me, out of all the films, animated and otherwise, viewed recently Ernest and Celestine stood out as one of the most beautiful. The animation, with its water-colour/ story-book look, is just lovely to look at and is imaginative while keeping things simple. The is sensitively orchestrated and unobtrusive, one of those music scores that you can listen to more than once and still find it memorable and appealing. You can't argue with the way Ernest and Celestine is written, it has a poetic simplicity that children and adults alike can understand with no problem. The unlikely friendship angle is a familiar one but that doesn't matter when Ermest and Celestine deals with it with so much warmth and heart. You can genuinely feel the relationship/friendship between the characters, and throughout the simple but never too simplistic story is both charming and touching, cute as well(I admit it that I did feel a lot of emotion watching). The characters are just as engaging as the writing, you can identify with them and their friendship and situation and it is easy to like them. They are nimbly voiced too. Overall, a sublime animated film that takes a familiar concept and does it with simplicity and doesn't rely on fart jokes, profanities, slapstick or crude toilet humour, instead allowing the story and friendship between the titular characters to come through and come through they do, and marvellously. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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