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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

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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Bonnie and Clyde, Sid and Nancy... (US release)


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary moments | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium | Luxembourg

Language:

French

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

When Ernest and Celestine first listen to the radio, he turns it off using the right knob. After she's left, he turns it back on and off via the left knob. Later, during the spring thunderstorm, she uses the right knob again. See more »

Connections

Followed by Ernest and Célestine, The Collection (2017) 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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Superior Kiddie toon.
23 March 2013 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Genuinely charming cartoon feature from the PANIQUE AU VILLAGE lot.

While rummaging through the town's dust bins, Ernest the bear finds sleeping mouse Ernestine and is dissuaded from eating her - whether it's Tom's Jerry, the King Sized Canary or Br'er Rabbit, they never get eaten.

The pair are our introduction to the parallel surface world of the bears and the underground world of the mice, both of which prove hostile, though mouse world is one of those appealing fantasy communities, like Santa city in POLAR EXPRESS or the bath house in SPIRITED AWAY. The lead duo are among the most engaging of cartoon characters and their seclusion seems a nice outcome. It would be interesting to see if their appeal survives English language dubbing.

The watercolour texture is unfamiliar and imaginative. The music is effectively unobtrusive. It would be hard to fault this one. Why try?


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