Ernest & Celestine


From the creators of A Town Called Panic comes a visually stunning, enormously entertaining new film with generation-spanning appeal. “Mice and bears can never be friends” according to the rules in the charming world of the animated tale Ernest & Celestine. Celestine is a young mouse in an underground land where cautionary tales of bears are told and all mice are destined to become dentists. But that doesn’t stop Celestine from dreaming of becoming an artist. After being assigned a mission above ground – in the world of bears – Celestine meets Ernest, a big bear, clown, and musician who lives on the fringes of bear society. Ernest welcomes her into his home, flying in the face of the established order. But when they are discovered by forces above and below ground, their unique friendship is tested. Will the unlikely pair be able to overcome the long-standing divide between mice and bears? Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters – a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart glow. Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, this charming and beautifully animated film has been a festival favorite around the world, and is certain to delight audiences of all ages. The English-language voice cast features Forest Whitaker, Mackenzie Foy, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright. (Dir. by Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar & Benjamin Renner, 2013, France/Belgium/Luxembourg, in French with subtitles & dubbed in English, 80 mins., Rated PG, GKids) Digital