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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

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Perrette Pradier's final film. 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

References Panique au village (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

La chanson d'Ernest et Celestine
Written by Thomas Fersen and Vincent Courtois
Performed by Lambert Wilson
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A bear and a mouse fall in love, despite everyone around telling them it is impossible
12 October 2013 | by zoranovSee all my reviews

A beautifully drawn and told story for children, with a pretty deep message for adults. Almost everything about it is near perfection and probably its only true imperfection is that it is too close to perfection. Up and down, individual and gregarious, social and spiritual, almost all the fundamental symbols of humanity are so nicely put together into the cutest story ever that you might feel it's too simple. It is in the end, after all, just a children story and for some of the people watching it the message will maybe not go through. It's like saying to someone that the secret to happiness is to think positive. They'll dismiss it as a total nonsense. That's how I came to the conclusion this movie is a straight 10 - the secret to a good movie is almost childlike simplicity and sincerity.


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